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TomTom Via 1535

alaTest has collected and analyzed 736 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and screen are on the whole positive. The price and voice guidance also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the memory and reliability.

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reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom Via 1535 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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TomTom Via 1535

 

TomTom's entry-level Via line is looking a lot like last year's top of the line. The Via 1535 TM that arrived for testing featured a large screen, Bluetooth, and voice command to go with its lifetime of map and traffic updates.

The thin-bodied TomTom Via 1535 has a more secure EasyPort connection than previous generations. Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice command enhance driver safety. Traffic data and IQ Routes technology actually helped us to avoid traffic jams.

While much easier to use than in earlier versions, TomTom's interface can still be a bit confusing to learn your way around for the first time. Traffic info doesn't cover surface and secondary roads.

The TomTom Via 1535 TM offers many features and services to increase driver safety and routing efficiency.

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TomTom VIA 1535TM

 

The TomTom VIA 1535TM ($249.95 direct), the company's latest mid-range portable navigation device, is a good performer. While the VIA 1535TM doesn't have every feature in the book, I wouldn't expect it to at this price. But it's easily powerful enough...

Accurate routing that improves over time. Lifetime map and traffic updates. Improved graphics and on-screen fonts. Clear voice prompts. Highly customizable. No ads

Stubborn touch screen. Sluggish UI for entering addresses. Some POI organizational issues

With free lifetime traffic and map updates, the TomTom VIA 1535TM adopts the company's newest interface conventions, and its routing performance is as accurate as ever.

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TomTom VIA 1535TM review

 

The TomTom VIA 1535TM is the top of the line model in TomTom's new VIA series. Sporting a wide 5” screen, the VIA 1535TM offers lifetime traffic and map updates (hence the TM in  the product name). This model updates a previous unit, the exceptionally...

Windshield mount is dependable and easy to attach ; Excellent voice command responsiveness ; IQ Routes historic road speed database ; Intuitive interface ; Extensive customization options ; Map Share allows you to correct maps and share corrections...

Suction mount doesn't perform well with universal friction mounts ; Mount is not powered; you must connect the micro-USB cable directly to the device ; Slow to lock onto satellites ; No multi-destination routing ; Touch screen response lags a bit ;...

My biggest concern about the VIA 1535TM is the Bluetooth implementation. As far as everything else goes, most TomTom fans will be quite happy with the new VIA series. The core functionality (navigation) performed very well for me and voice command...

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TomTom VIA 1505TM

 

The TomTom VIA 1505TM sports a wide 5” screen and offers lifetime traffic and map updates (hence the TM in  the product name). This model updates a previous unit, the exceptionally popular TomTom XXL 540TM, bringing along TomTom's new Webkit-based...

Windshield mount is dependable and easy to attach ; IQ Routes historic road speed database ; Intuitive interface ; Extensive customization options ; Map Share allows you to correct maps and share corrections with others

Suction mount doesn't perform well with universal friction mounts ; Mount is not powered; you must connect the micro-USB cable directly to the device ; Slow to lock onto satellites ; No multi-destination routing ; Touch screen response lags a bit ;...

Most TomTom fans will be quite happy with the new VIA series. The core functionality (navigation) performed very well for me, and while the new interface is a bit rough around the edges in places, the overall experience was very good. I’m happy to...

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"A fantastic GPS"

 

Overall this is an amazing unit- I travel from NJ to MD and southern VA pretty often and this managed to shave an hour off the time from the route recommended by google maps. I wanted to stop at a beach and it somehow directed me to the only abandoned...

Great POI's, easy to use voice control, IQ routes save hours on long trips.

The reception for traffic is a little spotty, and for some reason it has a bunch of buildings that are clearly not hospitals listed as hospitals in Brooklyn.

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"Takes me wherever I want to go!"

 

I am very satisfied with this GPS after I returned the Magellen GPS which did not perform upto my satisfaction. I have done two map updates so far and I see improvements every time. I also like the alternate route planning based on traffic information....

Lane guidance; lots of point of interests; guidance away from traffic; life time map updates and traffic.

does not learn travel patterns; sometimes behaves stubbornly in guiding routes; cannot plan alternate routes to our liking.

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"This is a great product. The bluetooth came in great."

 

Overall a great GPS System that I bought at Best Buy for $119 plus tax.

Speakerphone

Speaker volume doing bluetooth call is not very loud and clear.

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"Saved us in Bellingham fog on way to Vancouver. Great!"

 

This unit paid for itself on this trip. Never been to WA or British Columbia. Maps got us all around easily and saved us a ton of frustration. Good points of interest too.

Great screen and out of box performance. On sale at Best Buy on a trip to a new place for only $120. Got us through Seattle Friday eve rush hour return to Tacoma. Realtime traffic info was exceptional help. Looking forward to quarterly map updates.

Slow acquisition of GPS signal at startup. Want more voice commands and help. Dennis Hopper's voice is not worth the money. Sorry dead guy.

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My 1535TM is my First GPS and It is Amazing!

 

As soon as I received my 1535TM and after I read the manual, I opened my registration account with TomTom. I followed the step by step instructions and downloaded TomTom's little program, MyTomTom, to my desktop computer (WIN 7), hooked up my unit with...

5" Large Screen is great for aging eyes, great day and night screen color options, excellent advance lane warning, voice recognition and commands work better than expected, easy mounting, very easy for user to program, interfaces perfectly with my TomTom

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Worst Tom Tom Product I have ever purchased

 

Don't waste your money or time. Very disappointing that Tom Tom would take a step backwards like this and damage their reputation.

None to speak of

My Tom Tom software wouldn't connect to unit with XP, Connected with Win7, however when map update completed download and attempted to install, was unable because unit did not have enough memory to update map. I eneded up with no maps on unit. Tom Tom sa

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