Summary: I have owned this model for more than a year and would not recommend it to others. I have never owned another brand so I can't compare features and past experiences but I have encountered many of the same frustrations reported here in other reviews.
Extremely disappointed in TomTom customer service & the map update.
6 May 2014
Summary: I purchased a TomTom Via 1530 / 1535 with the lifetime map upgrade about three years ago. I was happy with the unit until I recently tried to use the map upgrade. After downloading all of the upgrades, my devise now has a message “Something Has Gone Wrong” and “No Maps Found”.
Summary: There are certain operational issues but most if not all have already been addressed here. The most frustrating, time consuming and un-intuitive aspect of owning this thing is updating the software (including maps). I have spent hours updating and then having to start over. Certainly not worth it.
Summary: I did the exact same thing as user "Todd" just did yesterday (3/10/14) with our TomTom Via 1530 ....I updated it using the MyDrive Connect like I always do and the unit is now useless.....it only displays the "no maps found" screen and does nothing else!
Summary: I am more than pleased with the Tom Tom purchase. This is our second Tom Tom GPS and the first one lasted more than five years before it started to slow down and we had some trouble starting it. This second GPS is about a third the coast of the first and the features are much better.