Ease of use could be better, I've used a Garmin for four years(almost impossible ...
Sean OCadhla, Amazon
27 July 2014
Summary: This unit arrived in quick time so full marks for dispatch and delivery. Ease of use could be better, I've used a Garmin for four years(almost impossible to update plus lately the screen begins to blank out at times) and other Tom Tom units at work but there is still a steep learning curve here. Favourites (and where am I now) take far too long to bring up, several menues needing to be accessed first.
Summary: Bought this to replace a Garmen that kept shutting down - loved Garmen for over 6 years but 2nd and 3rd ones were unreliable. Everyone said how easy Tom Tom is to use - I am still battling - obviously because of 6 years with Garmen. Will get used to but the main problem for me is that the sound, via blue tooth (iPhone), when receiving calls is horrendous - I cannot hear anyone so have to pull off the road - they can hear me perfectly - just not the other way round.
Summary: This is my second Tom Tom, and it works fine. I do not use any of the phone/voice functions so couldn't comment on those but as a bog standard sat nav few problems. The memory does eem rather full after onlt a couple of routine updates. However, the power button is awful! Often not working at all, and completely unreliable as to whether it will turn the device on or off. Had I had the time to send it back and complain I would have done. Seems to be a common failure.
Summary: Does what it says - only 3 stars due to the map and other software update process being so clumsy and painful. Also no linux support for updater - only for windows and mac! TomTom seemingly needs to make some investment in the IT side of things.
Summary: Buying a Sat Nav is, in my experience, somewhat of a bewildering experience due to the increasing amounts of features, free or purchasable maps and other services such as traffic or speed camera alerts that are on offer from the manufacturers of these devices. My needs are simple; I need a device I can rely on when on to get me from A to B on family days out be they in the UK or Europe, and occasionally for work purposes.
Summary: This sat nav works every bit as well as my old Go720. I bought it as the battery in the Go720 no longer held its charge and TomTom wanted way too much money to update its maps. Sadly, although I now get free map updates for life, this new TomTom still won't work on battery for more than 30minutes so I'm still left with a charging cable dangling in front of me. I will try Garmin next time.
Summary: I went for a TomTom after reading good reviews and as I used to have a TomTom Go 520 which was good and served me well for nearly five years before it was stolen. Its main drawbacks were connecting to the computer which was very unpredictable, and the cost of updating maps. I thought the VIA 130 would offer me accurate navigation and free map updates but without the media add-ons the old TomTom had. The VIA 130 looks smaller and lighter.
Summary: Decided that my old satnav was becoming a liability due to out of date maps and the cost to update them. So seeing a good offer on QVC of all places I took the plunge for the VIA 130. Whilst it is definitely more feature laden than my old Navman F20 it also has some serious drawbacks. The Navman was very convenient to use, turn on, wait a few seconds for boot up, bang in the postcode and go. The VIA 130 is VERY frustrating from a user convenience perspective.
Summary: I have used tom tom ones for years and thought to upgrade after seeing the voice control. Tne 130 system is not as clean and simple to operate as the basic models and takes many more commands to do the same instruction.