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This review is from: TomTom VIA 1605TM 6-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Having just used this 6" baby for two weeks driving all over LA, it blows away my new May 2012 Costco Garmin & November 2011 5" Magellan. Magellan's maps sucked. Example: Henderson, NV 2nd largest city in Nevada, not listed. Utah: 2-National Parks not listed. Nearly got into Mexico at Tijuana~wrong turn. Garmin's newest at Costco~voice command. Slow, and lots of wrong turns. Not to mention long routes. This baby gave me linked traffic cameras and re-routed me in LA at rush hour, saving me 45-minutes. Its screen blows away the small 5", the font is huge~Like 24-font bright yellow turn arrows. Love the Australian guys cues, like "Keep left" and you can see the bigger arrows of all the lanes so you don't have to get over. It also has huge speed signs and your speed so I don't ever look at the speedometer anymore and set the cruise control by the Tom Tom's screen. Super safety feature. Yes, it is a little slow, but the newest May 2012 Garmin at Costco was slower, with wrong turns, over a dozen times on my May trip to Long Beach, CA., it sucked. Granted it was not as bad as the Magellan, its maps were trash. The only thing better would be a 7" screen. I mounted it with a piece of tie wire for $2 from Home Depot, to my tweeter grill in left dash corner in my Nissan Altima, great for driving. You never have to take your eyes off the road. Buy it~for high traffic cities with traffic cameras, it even has ticket alerts. You can set up to 6 different tones to alert you of money saving traffic ticket cameras coming ahead. That alone saved me triple this babies cost. Better screen, better alerts, cop radar & ticket camera alerts~ BLOWS THE COMPETITION AWAY!
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Initial post: Jul 26, 2012 2:57:14 PM PDT
I would love to know how you mounted it in your Nissan! Please describe or post a picture!!!! I have a 2002 Altima. I plan on buying this model as an upgrade from our current one. Our only problem over the past two years has been mounting or the lack of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 8:15:28 PM PDT
Eric Redman says:
The 1st attempt was a quickie piece of 16 gauge tie wire running through the small dash speaker grill and wrapping around the huge circular folding base of this unit. Since then I went to Harbor Freight and bought a pack of 8" velcro strips which can be cut to fit and will run with some effort through the grill. I will use the tie wire to feed it. They have a slit loop hole at one end to make my fish hook "L" and can leave it. I use a dash football team towel to hide my setup from prying eyes. My Nissan has the top speaker grill and the driver vent so I could use one up and one down if needed. I go on my next long trip next week and will give feedback on this setup. The quickie from Home Depot worked fine since the wire was rigid, but tacky looking, hence the new velcro which is flat and easy to hide under my football team towel.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 6:05:39 PM PST
Do you suppose that it might be slightly more helpful to identify your Garmin and Magellan units by model number rather than as you did in this review? I really think it might be difficult to search for reviews or ask a store clerk if they have in stock a "newest Costco Garmin GPS as of May 2012, you know, the kind purchased by J. Knieling."

By any chance have you tried to see if this unit has voice commands, as your Garmin does? I have heard from someone on that although it is not advertised as having the voice recognition/commands, that the 1605TM actually does have speech recognition programmed into it and that one can input commands, addresses, etc.... by voice instead of touch screen input. If this is, in fact, correct, I would appreciate it if you would comment on how effective Tom Tom's speech recognition is in comparison to the Garmin's, as I have a Garmin Nuvi 2460 with voice commands and am debating getting another one or trying a Tom Tom, hopefully with a bigger screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 12:43:22 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 24, 2014 12:46:38 PM PST
Eric Redman says:
After update, it finally died 2/14. It refused to charge. Bought the Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT, not as large, and I hate that smaller screen. It is even smaller than you think, because the screen is only 80% of surface area. Really wanted TomTom, but they went away from the larger screens, and they too removed some features.
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