Summary: I was delighted with this GPS after I bought it from another retailer when my Garmin (bought from Amazon) Nuvi's screen failed after 3 years of very heavy use. I needed a working GPS in a hurry since I was on vacation some 2000 miles from home in unfamiliar territory. On the plus side; The screen is large and easy to read and it provides all the details I need in a GPS. Right from the start, however, I have been unable to upgrade the maps.
Summary: This is my second TomTom. The first one died a little over one year after purchase. This one died in 6 months, leaving me "stranded" 1,000 miles from home. The good: Excellent large screen; works well in daylight as well as night; nice large easy to understand directions, prominent arrows etc. All TomToms have them, not just the 6".
Summary: I called TomTom within the warranty period and they refused to service it.
Pros: Nice unit when working
Cons: It does have what I consider a design flaw. Power is supplied via a microUSB connector which is surface mounted to the motherboard. This connector becomes loose after plugging and unplugging the power cord over time. Then the unit will no longer charge.
Summary: I have had nothing but trouble out of this unit, which is unusual for TomTom as I've had several. Update reminders at least 2x, 3x a week for "GPS Fixes" that don't seem to fix anything. I'm constantly having to power cycle the unit to get it to find any satellites to connect to. It is frequently off by several 100 yards, not FEET. Can't seem to find MAJOR interstates like I-40 or NC Hwy 321.
Large screen, clear instruction, fast operation speeds.
Anthony Pantliano "The Photo Guy", Amazon
30 July 2013
Summary: The TomTom Via is a great navigation system, with fast operation, bright and colorful maps, and easy to follow instructions. The TomTom is constructed completely of plastic but is nicely made, with high quality materials and good assembly. There is only one button, the power button, which is on the back of the TomTom. Also on the back is the micro USB port that hooks up with the included car charger and computer USB cable.
Summary: Bought it a month ago and it worked great, large screen so I didn't need reading glasses to see the street names. Then took it to California where the car charger would not work on either of the 2 rental car 12V adapters, they worked for all other chargers so I had a spare cable but could not get traffic updates which in California is a must.
Summary: I am up in years and I needed a quality GPS that had large screen since old eyes don't work as well as in past years. The sound volume on directions is great for tired old ears. Easy to learn and use!!!
Summary: The Good: + Large, Vibrant Screen + Lifetime Map Updates + Lifetime Live Traffic + Good Route Generation + Lane Guidance + Fast GPS Lock + Quick Route (Re)calculation + Clear Voice + Spoken Street Names (For Selected Voices) The Bad: - No Case/Cover included - Computer Setup Confusing - Awkward Mounting Process Overall: Setup: The one-sheet instructions for using the device are pretty clear and easy to understand, but I cannot say the same for the web site.
Debbie Lee Wesselmann "(dlw at trutordotnet)", Amazon
24 July 2013
Summary: This "lifetime" traffic and maps GPS, with its huge 6" screen, is one of the better GPS devices I've tried, and I've owned a lot of different units. I started with Garmin, moved briefly to Magellan, returned to Garmin, then tried TomTom. My last three GPS units have all been TomToms, so I cannot compare to recent iterations of the other major brands; however, I can compare to other TomTom models.