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TomTom VIA 1405 TM

Portable navigator with Lifetime Traffic and Lifetime Map Updates

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Item #: 625V1405TM
 

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by Dominic Devito

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

Make your next road trip worry-free with TomTom's VIA 1405 TM portable navigator leading the way. It's got quick routing capabilities and detailed maps, not to mention an easy-to-use interface. You'll especially enjoy the free Lifetime Traffic Updates that alert you to congestion along your route, plus Lifetime Map Updates that allow you to keep your maps current as long as you own your TomTom.

Door-to-door guidance across North America
You can view the VIA 1405 TM's detailed maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico on its 4.3" color touchscreen display. It even offers map coverage throughout much of Mexico if you're looking for fun in the sun. Millions of points of interest let you find plenty of potential stopping points, including restaurants, gas stations, emergency services, and more. You can drop the super-slim VIA 1405 TM in your pocket when you leave the car, and TomTom's new Fold & Go EasyPort™ mount makes it easy to remove and reattach the navigator when you're on the go.

Lifetime Traffic Updates and Lifetime Maps
With Lifetime Traffic Updates, your navigator receives continuous reports on congestion along your route in most metropolitan areas, so you can steer clear of potential delays. Lifetime Maps allows you to update your TomTom up to four times every year as long as you own it, so your maps and POIs stay current. Simply connect your navigator to your computer, and use the code on the enclosed Lifetime Maps card to download the available map updates from TomTom's website.

Directions you can count on
The VIA 1405 TM's voice prompts say street names at upcoming turns, so you'll hear "turn left on Edge Hill Road" instead of "take the next left." And advanced lane guidance makes it easy to stay on the correct path in situations where a missed turn could lead to lost time. And TomTom's IQ Routes™ technology uses actual average travel speeds rather than posted speed limits to find the quickest route to your destination. For example, if the shortest route to your destination is traditionally slow as you begin your drive in the afternoon, the TomTom will look for a better way there.

Quick map fixes you can share
With TomTom's MapShare software, you can fix map inaccuracies on the spot, instead of waiting for the next update. You can edit speed limits, points of interest, street names and directions, and more right on your VIA 1405 TM. You can also report the error directly to TomTom online and choose to share the fix with other TomTom users. TomTom verifies all changes so you can import edits made by others to your navigator.

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Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • Fold & Go EasyPort suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • includes car power adapter, USB cable, and rechargeable battery with up to 2 hours of life
  • FM-TMC traffic-info receiver for Lifetime Traffic Updates in most metropolitan areas
  • Lifetime Maps guarantees four new map updates per year
Navigation features:
  • 4.3" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • 4GB flash memory with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and much of Mexico (highways, secondary roads, and some cities)
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual street names at turns
  • IQ Routes uses average travel speeds to find the fastest route (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
  • lane guidance (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
  • allows user to edit some aspects of built-in maps and/or report suggested changes to TomTom
  • allows user to download celebrity voice prompts from TomTom
  • navigation modes: auto, pedestrian
Other features and specs:

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Features
Maps
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Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage
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US (50), CA, PR, USVI, MEX
Points of Interest
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7,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing
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No
Screen Size
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4.3"
Widescreen
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Yes
Bluetooth Capable
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No
Photo Viewer
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No
Digital Audio Playback
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No
Text To Speech
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Yes
Voice Control
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No
Dynamic Content Services
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None
Removable Memory Type
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microSD
Battery Life
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2 Hours
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • VIA 1405 TM portable navigation device with Lifetime Traffic and Lifetime Maps
  • 5' USB Power cord (with Type A USB plug on one end and a micro-B USB plug on the other end)
  • Cigarette lighter adapter/RDS-TMC traffic receiver with attached 5.75' power cord (has micro-B USB plug on the end)
  • Self-adhesive hard plastic dash mounting disk
  • User Guide (Eng/Fren/Span)
  • Lifetime Maps info card (Eng/Fren)

Our Product Research Team

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Mounting Options
Power Requirements

Navigation Features

Maps of North America: Maps of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and parts of Mexico are installed on the unit's built-in 4 GB flash memory.

Lifetime Map Updates: With the Lifetime Map Updates subscription, you can download up to four map data updates per year from tomtom.com.

Note: The non-transferable Lifetime Map Updates subscription is good for the unit's useful life or until TomTom no longer receives map updates from its suppliers, whichever is shorter.

4.3" Widescreen: The VIA 1405 TM features a 4.3" widescreen, touch-panel LCD display (480 x 272 pixels) with an anti-glare coating for easy viewing and simple operation.

GPS Receiver: The TomTom VIA 1405 TM features a high sensitivity GPS chipset that gives you fast, accurate positioning.

Driving View: When the TomTom VIA 1405 TM starts, you are shown the Driving View screen, which shows your immediate locations on the current route. The Driving View screen displays your current position; the name of the next major road or road sign information; navigation instructions for the road ahead; the name of the next street to turn on to, information about your trip time, remaining distance and arrival time; GPS signal strength; and Traffic bar. You can tap the screen to zoom in and out of your route.

Text-To-Speech: The VIA 1405 TM also announces directions and street names giving you easier guidance and allowing you to focus better on the road ahead.

IQ Routes Technology: The VIA 1405 TM calculates your routes based on the real average speed measured on roads rather than the posted speed limits. IQ Routes takes into account the time of day you're traveling a road, and how rush hour traffic, pedestrian traffic, and traffic light changes can affect actual traffic speed. You will get a more accurate ETA and the fastest recommended route based on real world data.

Eco Routes: Using the driving data of millions of TomTom users, the unit can indicate which routes are the most fuel-efficient to save you money and have a lower environmental impact.

Advanced Lane Guidance: When navigating difficult intersections, the VIA 1405 TM uses realistic images and a pulsing green arrow to indicate which lane you should drive in to best negotiate the turns.

Points Of Interest: The VIA 1405 TM gives you access to approximately 7 million pre-loaded Points of Interest (POIs) including fuel stations, parking, restaurants, cash machines, and lots more. The POIs are indicated by icons, and in some cases, logos of the business (such as Chevron, Hampton Inn, and Wendy's). You can select which POI categories you want to display.

Favorite Locations: The Favorite menu allows you to store into memory those locations that you visit frequently. You can choose a favorite location the same way you choose a destination. The following menu options are available; Home, Address, Recent Destination, Point Of Interest, Point On Map, GPS Position (allows you to store your current location quickly), latitude and longitude, and the location where your TomTom was last used.

Help Me! Menu: This feature gives you direct access to safety and road assistance information, such as the phone number and route description to the nearest police station or hospital.

Map Share Technology: TomTom's exclusive Map Share feature enables you to add to, update, and personalize your maps instantly. It also lets you share and benefit from fellow users' changes - daily, automatically, and easily. TomTom's large satellite navigation community contributes and exchanges map changes amongst each other, giving you the latest, most accurate and up-to-date mapping information.

Traffic Information

RDS-TMC Traffic: The VIA 1405 TM includes a cigarette lighter power adapter with an integrated RDS-TMC traffic receiver, which allows you to get the latest traffic updates while you power the unit. The unit must be powered by the included power cord in order for you to receive traffic data.

Note: The Lifetime Traffic subscription is non-transferable, and lasts for the life of the unit, or until TomTom no longer receives traffic updates from its suppliers, whichever is shorter.

Mounting Options

Integrated Mount: The VIA 1405 TM comes with an integrated suction-cup mount for installing the unit in your vehicle. You can mount the unit on the windshield (using the suction cup), or flip it over and mount it on the dash (using the supplied adhesive disk). No matter which way you turn the unit, the screen automatically flips to the correct orientation.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The unit has an internal Lithium-ion battery. A fully charged battery offers approximately 2 hours of operation when not plugged into the vehicle's power source. The VIA 1405 TM comes with a cigarette lighter adapter to power the unit while you are driving. A separate USB power cord is included that allows you to charge the battery using USB power from your computer or USB charging device.

 
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1 out of 5

Never got signal

Written By Kat, Lincoln, RI on Friday, April 20, 2012
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This device never got signal...ever. We set it up, I had to manually enter "home" even though I was in the parking lot, but I figured once we got on the road it would find a signal. Nope. Tried it mounted to the dash, window, and even standing outside, and it just kept trying to find a signal. Good thing we knew where we were going! I am returning this and hoping for better luck with a different model.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Useless...no signal.
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2 out of 5

Nice when it works

Written By Ruben, Orange County, CA on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
 
Worked great for a few months, lots of neat features. Like the speedometer and speed limit warnings, red light camera warnings. Acquired signals pretty quick. The traffic function is useless, always find myself checking out traffic on google maps on my smartphone as this one doesn't show you which roads are congested. Then about a month ago, it started having trouble finding a GPS signal. Clear blue sky, no obstructions and it would take 10-15 minutes to find a signal. Not very helpful when you are lost and need to find your way out quick. Now yesterday it got stuck waiting for a GPS signal for several hours. Same issue this morning. Checked the blogs, lots of people with similar issue. Some have been able to fix with a software update or hard reset. Have not tried yet. My last TomTom worked great for 4 years, never had this issue at all. One more gripe, the mount keeps falling off the windshield - very annoying.
Pros:
Lots of useful features (speedometer, red light camera locations), better graphics and more features than the $2000 factory-installed Alpine navigation system in my other vehicle.
Cons:
Bad mount. Quick at first, then progressively long time to acquire GPS signal. No Starbucks or coffee shops in POI.
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3 out of 5

Eh, so so, so far

Written By DaveO, San Jose, CA on Monday, April 16, 2012
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Eh, 3 stars so far. I actually read the directions and materials in the manuals before I use the product. Silly, but true. I connected this guy up to my PC, put the recommended OS and map on the device, then took it outside to try it out. No GPS signal for over 15 minutes...and it never did find one. Went back inside, read the materials again, and nothing. Then went on the website, and noticed a few comments about having to hold the on/off button until you heard a tone. Did that next, and how about that, all worked. Turns out, that is the hard reset on the device, and after I upgraded it, it needed that hard reset to start over. It now found the gps sats after a couple of minutes. They really should put that in the manual. There is also a bug in there concerning the daylight savings moves that is fixed with new code. There should be a note in the box about that. Direction-wise, it's been great around my town, but kind of blew it this weekend in SF. Getting into the city on 101, it didn't tell me to get off the freeway, and the screen was really ambiguous about turning. So, I kept going straight instead of the right turn I really needed to take. Needless to say, it eventually worked out a new route, but not until I was a mile into the city the wrong way. Then I had to go thru a ton of traffic to get in. Grrrr. I like the mount...it's quite easy to use. Screen is nice and responsive. Can't beat the price...
Pros:
mount, screen, price
Cons:
Got messed up once on directions, tough hitting a key correctly on touchscreen
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1 out of 5

Nice GPS if it works

Written By JackD, New York on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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does not work right out of the box.
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5 out of 5

Better then some.

Written By Tom Tom 1405TM, New York on Sunday, March 18, 2012
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I had 4 gps units before this one. This GPS although I've use only for 2 weeks. I've found it to be the most useful. It acquires signal fast, recalculates new routes fast. and the mount keeps the GPS unit on the window not on the floor like some other ones.
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4 out of 5

Tom Tom VIA 1405

Written By GaryM, Ozark, AL on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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It gives good directions - most important. It can be updated and you can offer changes in maps when the roads have changed. Some of the options are not as easy to use as previous GSPs that I have owned. I like being able to save my current location with fewer screen touches. I also like a GPS that includes elevation (when driving thru the mountains).
Pros:
Good maps. Correct most of the time.
Cons:
Annoying instructions when you are staying on the same road. "Stay in the left lane for 1/4 mile" while the road you are on continues straight. Very slow to connect with the satellites when the car is moving. The "View Map" is annoying when you do not have a trip planned - it always shows the screen with the north at the top, south at the bottom, east is right and west is left. It maintains this even if you are headed in a direction other than north.
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5 out of 5

Very nice gps

Written By Andrew, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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I really like this gps. It gives much better driving directions than the gps devices I have built into my car. The free map updates mean that it doesn't have highway exits on the wrong side of the street. the 3D view makes knowing which way to turn at a confusing 6 way intersection simple. I also like the idea of the traffic rerouting, but I have not yet had any significant experiences with that yet. I bought this mainly for use in my cars that lack gpd, but I like it so much I've used it for trips even when the car has gps (mainly because the 3D view is very nice, and the traffic information is potientially very handy).

Andrew
Pros:
Very nice 3D view with lane information for upcoming exits Lifetime (as well as user suggested) map updates Free (or lifetime) traffic information
Cons:
A little slow to sync up at times (maybe 3 minutes)
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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