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TomTom VIA 1505 TM

Portable navigator with 5" screen, Lifetime Traffic, and Lifetime Map Updates

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Item #: 625V1505TM
 

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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.

TomTom's VIA 1505 TM portable navigator delivers the GPS essentials for hassle-free travel. Not only will it guide you around town like a seasoned cab driver, but you can enjoy its maps on a bright, colorful 5" display. It offers 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.

Take it from Mexico to Manitoba
You want some map detail? The VIA 1505's impressive 5" display gives you more to look at when exploring its maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and much of Mexico. Millions of points of interest let you find plenty of potential stopping points, from ATMs to zoos and everything in between. The super-slim VIA 1505 TM can go in your pocket easily when you leave the car, and TomTom's new Fold & Go EasyPort™ mount makes removing and reattaching the navigator quick and painless.

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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.

Reliable, easy-to-follow guidance
The VIA 1505 TM's voice prompts say street names at upcoming turns, so you'll hear "turn right on Lexington Road" instead of "take the next right." And advanced lane guidance makes it easy to stay on the correct path in situations where a missed turn could lead to many lost minutes. 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 in the afternoon, the TomTom will look for a better way there.

Shared, updated maps let us all travel more efficiently
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 1505 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.

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:
  • 5" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • 4GB flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and most of Mexico
  • 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:

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Features and Specs
Features
Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage US (50), CA, PR, USVI, MEX
Points of Interest 7,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing No
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Dynamic Content Services None
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 2 Hours
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • VIA 1505 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.

5" Widescreen: The VIA 1505 TM features a 5" 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 1505 TM features a high sensitivity GPS chipset that gives you fast, accurate positioning.

Driving View: When the TomTom VIA 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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 1505 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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4 out of 5

Great Product Have 3

Written By Paul, Murrieta Ca on Thursday, March 08, 2012
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This is a great product. I would rate it a 5 but there is room for improvement in the user friendliness and updates. Corrections made years ago still have not been updates. But that is pretty much with every GPS. Order extra mounting discs for all your cars in that suction cup tends to break loose from windshield. Not good having these mini computers bang around.
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5 out of 5

Awesome GPS

Written By NewYorkLaw, NYC on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Replaced last year's model, which was stolen from our car. Absolutely love the newer traffic alerts, which let you know when you're no longer on the best route. Quickly finds a signal and is very quick to re-route when we go off the route or attempt to try something new.
Pros:
Traffic alerts for free, updates for map for free, and nice easy to see display.
Cons:
The newer mount is not as easy to use as the older one when mounting on our dash, but on the wind shield, it's good.
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