TomTom VIA 1505M Review – Video
An intuitive interface
The interface deserves a lot of attention and the design facilitates easy and quick usage during the course of travel. There are many similarities with older versions and hence you cannot say that it is a totally new interface. Of course, you don’t expect companies to design brand new unique interfaces for every model.
The one thing that you will miss during route planning is the option of “Itinerary planning” which is nothing but allowing several destination points for a single journey. This device allows only one destination point in between.
Sometimes there are time delays when using the Touchscreen, not for long, but then fast operating users may find that a bit annoying.
Starting of the device is not automatic you can use the option in Settings to allow automatic Shutdown once you switch off the engine. If you want to save favorite locations you have to use the menu. No facility to do that directly from the results screen area.
Interested in only one kind of Points of Interest (POI)? There is a feature to display only the category that you like; something that I appreciate about VIA 1505M.
How Advanced Lane Guidance works
- Free Lifetime map updates –
- Free map changes via map sharing community
- Advanced Lane guidance
- Updated points of interest
- Specialist roadside asssistance
- Fastest routes using IQ routes technology
- Resistive 5 inch (13cm) Touchscreen (16:9)
- Integrated folding mount on the back side
So how is the navigation?
You will love the fact that 1505M immediately brings a shortcut screen for Favorites destination spots. You need to key in the location where you want to go and thereafter things move on autopilot. The device uses the IQ routes technology to determine the best route option considering all relevant details such as traffic, road conditions, particular events etc.
Some local routes which are not listed in the national database or recent changes might not come up in the map. Use short-cuts when you already have some detail about the area. Otherwise, trust the wisdom of your navigator combined with your own innate intelligence.
You can set Safety Setting to ensure that light goes red when the vehicle crosses speed limit. Or you can use voice prompts for the same.
Long distance commuters can find great help from Advanced Lance guidance settings. Traversing through complex highways is no more a challenge.
Road side assistance from TomTom
What you get on ordering
- Navigator TomTom VIA 1505M – maps included
- Mounting system – integrated
- Charger for using in car
- Data cable USB
- Adhesive Disk
- Manual and other documents
Do remember that there is no SD card slot and Hands Free Calling mode. If you are looking something in a similar range with an Flash memory card slot TomTom VIA 1505M World Traveler Edition is a good option.
1505M is has a lot of navigation features with a large screen which is why many first time buyers go for this device. This trucking gps has had mixed reviews but if you are purely in the hunt for a device that provides clear street and route guidance, it is certainly a good choice.
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