TomTom VIA 1515M 5-Inch GPS with Lifetime Map Updates
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- TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY: 5-Inch Touchscreen Display with Split Screen Junction View.Battery lifetime Up to 3 hours autonomous operation
- FREE LIFETIME MAP UPDATES: Enjoy at least 4 full map updates per year at no extra cost for your navigation device
- IQ ROUTES: Using the world's biggest database of real travel times, the TomTom VIA GPS navigation devices will give you the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times
- CLEAR AND EASY NAVIGATION: Never miss a turn again with Advanced Lane Guidance. Get extra clarity when navigating complex junctions.
- EXPANSIVE MAP COVERAGE: Ready to navigate with the latest maps of the US, Canada, and Mexico already installed.
- EASYPORT CAR MOUNT: Travel in style with the new, slim design and integrated Fold and Go EasyPort mount.Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico)
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The VIA 1515M
Explore a new way of navigation—with the TomTom VIA.
The VIA 1515M comes with Free Lifetime Map Updates and a 5 inch screen for a better view of the road ahead. We’re here to ensure your journey is smooth, from start to finish.
This device is easy-to-use and includes TomTom Maps with IQ Routes and Map Share technology. Stay up-to-date with dynamic road changes on a daily basis, with maps that cover the US, Canada and Mexico.
Free Lifetime Map Updates
Always drive with the latest map. For the life of your product, you can download 4 or more full updates of the map on your device every year. You receive all updates to the road network, addresses and Points of Interest.
Split Screen Junction View
See two views at once and never miss an exit. In one glance, see a view of road signs with arrows indicating which exit to take.
With a bigger 5 inch screen, you can see your TomTom maps clearer than ever. Our touchscreen technology makes it easy to plug in a new destination, pull up a point of interest, or get extra information. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that you've got the world's best navigation at your fingertips.
Some things change overnight and can delay your journey. Map Share helps you deal with the more frequent road changes. Daily Map changes include dynamic updates like new speed limit and blocked roads. Avoid detours and get to your destination even faster.
The world's biggest database of real travel times is built into every TomTom device. Which means you'll get the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times.
Points of Interest
Your pre-installed map has over 10 million POI's, from gas stations to hotels, so you're sure to find what you want. Local information - at your fingertips.
Your device comes with the latest maps of the US, Canada and Mexico installed already, so you are ready to navigate.
Spoken Street Names
Keep your eyes on the road with spoken instructions now include street names, to make turnings even clearer.
Our touchscreen technology makes it easy to plug in a new destination, pull up a point of interest, or get extra information. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that you've got the world's best navigation at your fingertips.
Your device has a folding mount on the back, so it attaches easily to your windshield; use the optional disk to attach it to your dashboard.
5 inch (13 cm) 16:9 Resistive screen.
Screen resolution of 480 x 272 pixels.
What's in the box?
TomTom VIA 1515M device with prel-oaded maps.
The VIA 1515M is perfect for anyone who wants to travel throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. It also comes with Free Lifetime Map Updates, so your maps change when the roads do, for the life of your VIA. Every device in this series includes our TomTom Maps with IQ Routes and Map Share technology. These devices keep you up-to-date with dynamic road changes on a daily basis, with maps that cover the US, Canada, and Mexico.
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Right out of the gate I was surprised and pleased with the online updating interface. Magellan's protocol was always clunky, and Tom Tom has perfected the process. It's literally plug-and-play (I use a Mac), and while not necessarily speedy (I guess it took about 10-12 minutes), it was really pretty easy.
The thing that one has to wrap their head around is that no GPS is perfect. I did experience some of the complaints that other users have mentioned in their own comments. Some of the criticisms I thought were valid, others didn't bother me. For instance, someone wrote that the device is slow to announce a road or freeway entrance, and that it doesn't happen until you're already making the turn. This is sadly true in many (but not all) instances. If you're a fast driver who likes to ride other people's bumpers (you know who you are), then this device will probably react too slowly for you. I, on the other hand, am one of those conservative, right-lane drivers who doesn't drive fast. Consequently, I was nearly always able to hear the name of the road or exit in time.
Another complaint is that the sound control isn't available on the main screen; you have to press a button each time to find it. I did find this to be true. However, you only have to press once and the sound display (including mute) is large and easy to operate quickly. In fact, I like that you don't have to un-mute it to re-start the sound again. Instead, you just press once and the sound comes back immediately.
I do find the Points of Interest feature to be somewhat clunky. Magellan's categories were much more robust (i.e. "grocery", "pharmacy," etc.), and Tom Tom has fewer, and also uses a few terms that are somewhat vague or unclear. That said, we were still able to find nearly everything we were looking for in the few times that we used it. Thankfully for the most part, we almost always either knew the address and/or the name of the business.
I do recommend that you go into settings and un-check the option for it to read entire overhead road signs for all state road and interstate designations. It got to be a mouthful to hear when you're in a major metropolitan area, and usually all you want to know is the primary highway name. It was great about saying "stay left" or "stay right" when you had an upcoming highway intersection or fork.
For the money, this is a really good unit. It isn't perfect, but you just have to remember that NONE of them are.
We had no problems with it at all and found the features to be very handy. The pictures make your route extremely clear and the color choices available make the screens easy to see no matter whether it's day or night. We previously had a TomTom for about 6 years and when that started having issues we replaced it with a Garmin that we did not like at all.
If you need a great, easy to understand GPS with a lot of features, this is the one for you.
I used to be a pretty solid Garmin GPS guy and have had several different models of Garmin over the years the most recent being the Nuvi 1390LMT. Prior to that I had a StreetPilot c340. I switched to TomTom after my last Garmin bit the dust when the USB plug became unresponsive and stopped working. I did enjoy the Garmin operating system. The menus seemed logical and fairly easy to navigate. The map display was decent and the one feature I felt was indispensible was that when I searched for, let's say restaurants, while on a route, the list of found restaurants were listed with an accompanying arrow to indicate whether the restaurant was ahead of my current location, behind me or to the right or left. That was awesome. Keep that in mind as I begin to discuss the TomTom 1515TM.
I decided to give the TomTom a try. The first TomTom I got was the 1535M. I absolutely hated it for months and months after getting it. Nothing about the menu system or how it worked made much sense to me compared to the Garmin. I did like the map display however. So I stuck with it. After I was able to un-learn the Garmin way of doing things and get used to the different way that the TomTom worked, I began to see light at the end of the tunnel. After a year I became comfortable with the TomTom and having had a chance to use a Garmin again in a friends' car, actually preferred the TomTom. Except for one huge thing (huge to me anyway)... the way that locations that are searched for while enroute are displayed. Remember that the Garmin would show an arrow indicating the direction the restaurant (or whatever) was located relative to your current location? Well the TomTom does not do that. So if you are on the highway and want to stop for lunch and search for a restaurant you have no way to quickly determine whether that restaurant is in front of you, or whether you already passed it and would have to get off the highway and backtrack to it. I hate that. If TomTom could improve just that one basic function, I would have a much better experience using the TomTom.
After two years my 1535M developed a problem with the USB connection. This seems to be a common failure point with automobile GPS systems. The GPS would operate, but would no longer connect to my computer. Therefore I could no longer perform map updates. After going 2 years without a new map, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a new TomTom so I got this 1515TM. Why did I stay with an older model rather than go with the newer line of TomTom devices? Good question. The reason is that I had heard and read a lot of horror stories from unhappy users of the "new" TomTom's. The operating system was overhauled and changed radically. Even the TomTom tech support guy on phone support steered me away from the new TomTom's. So I got the 1515TM and it was basically the exact same operating system I had been used to with the 1535M so there was no learning curve. But there was also no improvement in how the search function worked either. Oh well.
Performance of the 1515TM is great. It locks onto satellites pretty quickly and certainly more quickly than my older Garmins did. The screen brightness is also quite good. However I did have a problem with the first 1515TM that I ordered from Amazon. I had to exchange it for another because the screen was all messed up. It had a moire pattern on it and looked terrible. The replacement was perfect. Poor quality control? Perhaps.
I like that street names are spoken rather than just generic, "turn right" directions. I do wish that a bit more advance notice was given immediately before a turn is to be made. You do get several prompts that a turn is coming up prior to the turn, but the final turn prompt is sometimes cutting it too close for me. So occasionally I miss a turn since I'm not able to change lanes or some other reason, quick enough to make the turn. This doesn't happen all the time, just sometimes.
The speaker loudness is quite loud and I don't have issues with that at all. And although this is going to be a personal preference, I do like the voice on the TomTom. The default female voice is pleasant to my ears.
The windshield mount is OK but not my favorite. It does not fall off my windshield very often and when it does it is usually due to me not being as careful as I should have been in cleaning the glass prior to adhering the suction cup. It is a little awkward to attach though and I'm still looking for an alternative mount.
Traffic reports are not as helpful as I thought they might be and in certain areas, there are no traffic transmissions at all. But it's nice getting some sort of indication that there is traffic or an accident ahead without having to pay a monthly fee for that info.
I do not like how the USB cable attaches to the back of the unit. Also the cable is kind of heavy since there is the traffic module inline on the USB cable. Also if you want to hardwire the GPS to your battery you have to use some ingenuity to make that happen if you also want to keep the traffic reports coming in.
Overall I like the TomTom. Lifetime map updates are great. If you are coming to the TomTom from a Garmin, you will have some adjusting to do for sure. But I'm glad I made the switch except for that one issue with the direction of found locations that I've mentioned. However from what I understand, the new Garmin's no longer work that way either so......