Product: TomTom Via 1505m World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Display: 5-inch touchscreen
Coverage: US, Canada, Mexico and Europe Lifetime Maps
Guarantee: One year
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
TomTom Via 1505m WTE Overview
Let’s look at one of the latest TomTom onboard device TomTom Via 1505m. As I mentioned someplace in my website that TomTom is one of my favorite GPS navigation tool. I have been driving with TomTom for about 8 years. Maybe I am a little conservative, but compared to other GPS navigation models, I still prefer TomTom.
You ask why? One of the reasons to be honest, I’m familiar to the interface and other nuances. Also good is that it I am familiar with computer TomTom Home (the software control package), though, To be honest, I will say that it is not the most user-friendly software.
This is a customer replay “TomTom’s absolutely absurd computer interface package, their website, and their policies/support.”
What I really like in TomTom GPS navigation system is an excellent indication of road bend or curve. When driving on unfamiliar roads or in the dark time of the day, I can perfectly predict when and how they will bend and ride safe speed depending on the weather.
Someone can argue me, that other brand’s navigation are able to do the same. Maybe but for me TomTom’s given information is better and more informative. Display and a resolution is good, but more expensive competitors tend to be higher.
City and road maps are good quality, addresses can be found easily by typing street name and home number, zip or postcode. The user can make any adjustments to the map and share it with others. Though other brand GPS navigators nowadays have a similar features and quality of street mapping.
I have read various comments about Lifetime Maps service. A large part of the user is trying to prove that the lifetime is the only USA, Canada and Mexico cards. Somewhere it was cited even TomTom answer ….
My judgment on this device is. Affordable price, even very good for features provided.
If your TomTom Via 1505M World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps are mostly used in the US, Canada or Mexico, then an invaluable contribution to saving on map renewal. If the device is intended for use in Europe, it is recommended to be acquired shortly before the trip across the ocean, then the map will uptodate.
Let me be honest and open. I’ve traveled around Europe a lot. I usually have several navigators on board including one TomTom device. Roads are not built so quickly, and even if the maps are not renewed a year or two, then it also will not lead to large discrepancies on road maps.
And one more thing about what some complain. About wind shield holder of mentioned navigator. I on the contrary, the holder looks very handy and easy to install. Often, people get used to things, and it is difficult to switch to something new.
So this is my brief personal overview about TomTom Via 1505m World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and again, I recommend this device. You will not loose your path nor in North America nor in Europe.
Safe and joyful driving.
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Each year we drive through nearly each Europe – from Latvia to Greece using Tom Tom. I am not very experienced navigation user as I use it just once a year when we go on above mentioned trip. I wanted to check for your advice on the following – when you go on a long journey do you put the final destination at the beginning of your trip? The thing is that I was suggested not to do so (just not sure why?). I was told to look in the map and add the biggest cities on the road as destination one by one. Meaning when you are about 40 minutes drive from the previous big city, just add the next one as destination. What is your suggestion?
In general, I am satisfied with Tom Tom navigation even though I am not a frequent user.
Hi Arta! Thanks for interest and question! I’ll answer more detailed in a couple of days as hate typing long on my iPhone. Left my MacBook at home to take a rest some five days. See ya later!
So I am back from the small vacation trip to Estonian Islands Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.
In short, enjoyed an excellent holiday and met hospitable people.
Regarding your question about tips how to use GPS for cars in long trips. My experience is as you wrote dividing voyage to many parts. From the beginning make a general route e.g. Riga (LV) to Venice (It).
More convenient is use one of the numerous online sites like Viamichelin.com. After, depending on your onboard GPS navigation device (better at least two independent devices), store stopovers to not wasting time later.
I assume that you or someone of passengers has a smartphone and recommend to load free app Maps.me from App Store or Google Play. It is free, works offline just need to download countries you about to visit and enjoy.
I used it on my last trip and can say just the best words. Great free application. Yes, maybe fewer options as other paid navigation tools but fulfill all necessary navigation for car functions including voice commands. Recommend.
This is my very short answer to your question. You gave me an idea to write the post how I am using GPS navigation for cars.
I will, just after another travel to Spain which is just around the corner.
See you later!
And one more thing – I was surfing your website on my mobile and wanted to share few of your articles – but there was no sharing option on my phone…