Summary: Its good and worked reasonably well in Sicily although a couple of times it tried too hard to find the shortest route and took us down some roads too narrow for cars. If the destination is not quite where you want it, its difficult to slightly alter by just touching the point on the map. You can do this easily on the Garmin. I also understand that more expensive Tomtoms have a better response.
First thoughts on initial receipt - and further use
Phil Franklin, Amazon
26 March 2014
Summary: I ummed and arred about this satnav and nearly went for the Garmin 2597 but my nephew, a long-distance coach driver persuaded me that the TomTom is best. I wish I'd ignored him. You don't get any documentation for the satnav out of the box except for a flyer to tell you to plug it into your computer.
Summary: Ordered this to replace a snooper 7000 only because they wanted £99 to update maps. It arrived very quickly and was well packaged. However when I connected it to the internet I was told that its camera warnings data had expired and it cost me £19.95 to update it. Come on Tom Tom that's a con.
Summary: Worked well for about 4 - 5 weeks then suddenly died on me, Amazon gave me a full refund as soon as I had scanned the Postal Receipt from one of their collection points & e.mailed the scan to them. So I decided to buy the XXL TomTom with 25 EU Countries instead & this is still working well. Also the XXL TomTom is £39 cheaper.
Summary: I bought the device because I had previously a TomTom One device and was happy with it. Although the devices does what I want I find the device's usability quite annoying. The usb connector is hard to connect or unplug because if its design. They should have thought that any normal user would often unplug the cable from the device leaving the car. The firmware it self have gotten worst to use from what I remembered.
Summary: I had this device for about 6 months and it was working great. Left it in the glove box on a sunny but freezing morning and the screen shattered. BIG mistake when you are in the middle of nowhere and the touch screen doesn't work. Never had this problem with my old Tom Tom one and that was left in the car overnight on a few occasions.
Summary: Before I start I want to say that the M is important if you want the free Lifetime Updates, not to be confused with the Via 135. Review. I needed a new sat nav to replace my old Navman. I loved my Navman but I knew it was time for a new one when attending a conference for work, way out in the sticks and it took me to a lovely quiet spot down a cart track to a field full of cows!
Summary: I liked the via, to an extent. The 5" screen was extremely user friendly and it's similar to the tom tom one in many respects (my last sat-nav) using similar navigation tools which is easy and accessable. The biggest disappointment I suffered was I brought this product new just before a trip across Europe. The main reason I purchased this was because of the 45 maps it offered which covered a very long journey and it was meant to take the stress away from navigation.
Summary: A good value for money Sat Nav but the navigation could be easier, particularly in trying to return to the Home Page (of which there are 2!) Showing one or two road numbers on selected routes would also be helpful.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for a TomTom that was stolen. The 1st time we used it was in Italy on our Hols. Admittedly the area that we used it was very rural but this SatNav got us totally lost on 3 occasions in 7 days. Twice it took us up a dead end in the middle of no where and it would often ask us to turn right into a field!!!!