TomTom VIA 1535TM 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Voice Recognition
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TomTom VIA 1535TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps
From the Manufacturer
Let the VIA 1535 TM keep you focused on the road ahead. VIA combines Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice recognition technologies into one powerful GPS device for your car. Plus it has a 5″ screen for a better view and Free Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates. Once you drive with a TomTom device, you’ll never want to drive without one. TomTom created the first digital maps for drivers; we are a world leader in navigation. At TomTom, we realize that the best in-car navigation should be easy to use and have the best quality maps. We’re here to ensure your journey is smooth, from start to finish.
We have updated the VIA series with sleek new hardware and a 5″ screen. It’s now designed to include a better user interface, sharper graphics and more visible icons—for a better view of the road ahead.
The VIA 1535 TM is perfect for anyone who wants hands-free navigation. It also comes with Free Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, so you automatically get real-time traffic updates to your TomTom device and your maps change when the roads do. Every device in this series includes our TomTom Maps with IQ Routes and Map Share technology. These devices keep you up-to-date with dynamic road changes on a daily basis, with maps that cover the US, Canada and Mexico.
Voice Recognition—Tell your TomTom device where to go, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road
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Roads change: so do our maps. Your TomTom device receives free up-to-the-minute traffic information and updated maps every three months. All you need to do is download a new edition of TomTom's maps, the industry's most accurate. And you'll always be up-to-date.
Tell your TomTom device where to go—so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. With Voice Recognition, your TomTom device can understand your spoken commands, even if you use different variations—like “Drive to an address,” “Navigate to an address” or “Go to an address.” All you have to do is speak and drive.
Keep your hands on the wheel with Bluetooth® hands-free calling: connect your TomTom device via Bluetooth™ to a mobile phone, and it will show incoming calls, make and answer calls, and let you talk hands-free.
Never miss your exit or turn with Advanced Lane Guidance. It shows you exactly which lane to take before you approach an exit, turn or difficult intersection—so you can stay on the right path.
Your pre-installed map has Points of Interest, from gas stations to hotels, so you're sure to find what you want.
Need help? TomTom’s Roadside Assistance connects you to a specialist—wherever or whenever you need one.
The world's biggest database of real travel times is built into every TomTom device. Which means you'll get the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times. It's genius!
With a bigger 5″ screen, you can see your TomTom maps clearer than ever. Our touchscreen technology makes it easy to plug in a new destination, pull up a point of interest, or get extra information. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that you've got the world's best navigation at your fingertips.
Integrated mount with flip screen attaches easily to
your windshield or dashboard.
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Your device has a folding mount on the back, so it attaches easily to your windshield. You can also use the optional disk, included, to attach it on your dashboard. If turned upside-down, the screen automatically flips itself to show the right side up.
Your device comes with the latest map of the United States, Canada and Mexico installed already, so you are ready to navigate.
Free Daily Map Changes from the Map Share community. Includes dynamic changes like new speed limits and blocked roads. Some things change overnight and can delay your journey. Map Share helps you deal with the more frequent road changes. Avoid detours and get to your destination even faster.
Most helpful customer reviews
148 of 152 people found the following review helpful.
An absolutely astonishing fail
By Jeff P.
I bought this in the US for use here in the US. It came with a map of the US, Canada and Mexico (one map file) loaded on the device which was out of date. No problem, I'll update it, right? Wrong. The updated map takes more memory than the device comes with, so you can't update without adding a microSD card.
Annoying but no huge problem, right? Wrong. I happened to have one around, so the first trick was finding the slot for it. It's tucked away above the USB female port. Because the male USB plug is so bulky, inserting the male bumps the SD card, easily making it pop out. I finally finessed them both into place. All good now, right?
Wrong. The TomTom software sees the SD card briefly ("reading your memory card"), then ignores it and tells you that you don't have enough memory to install (replace) the map. Tried a different computer, a different USB cable, followed the instructions to the letter repeatedly and no luck.
So the current map won't fit the product right out of the box, and the product won't use additional memory even if you happen to have some. Other fun stuff: my "congrats, you're registered" email had a support link that took me to a support page in Swedish. The SD card is mentioned nowhere in the quick start manual; you have to find the slot and figure out how to orient the card on your own - not that there's any point to doing so.
Went online and found that lots of people have this problem. I found lots of ideas (try a different SD card, reboot, clear the cache, remove and reinstall the software, click your heels together three times, etc.) but I found no solutions other than one poster saying he finally solved the problem by returning the TomTom and buying a Garmin. That made sense to me so I've returned it. This was to replace a TomTom that had given me good service for years. You'd think they'd have this down to a science by now but this experience was a spectacular disaster.
169 of 174 people found the following review helpful.
what a great way to treat customers
By Dad o' mine
unfortunately, tomtom apparently suspends or ends the lifetime maps program if the device goes more than 90 days without an update, this rendering the "value" of the lifetime map program moot. This device now uses maps from 2011. what a great way to treat customers.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful.
Online updates don't work and Maps are 22-months old out of the box!
Bought the Via 1535 and tried to attach to my Windows 8 computer. No way will it recognize. after fiddling for 20 minutes I got started on a registration and then the screen reverted without notice to the pre-registration screen and I cannot get reconnected. Help pages are the usual crap about not plugging into a USB hub and rebooting my PC. Reminds me of my 1990's attempt to get connected to the internet via dial-up. Why would a company not be able to produce a top-notch product that simply works. On a brand new deice, the maps are 22-months old. Device should be plug-in and simply (update) work. There is no need to register with name, email and other marketing crap. I'm way past the return date, so I'll probably give the device to someone I don't like. This is 2016, and reading other 1-star reviews going back 5+ years, it seems either the company doesn't care or is inept at producing modern technology. When the box says "lifetime updates" there should be no technical issue with automatic device recognition followed by automatic update without human intervention. It has happened twice now, but on long drives, with no obvious reason, satellite reception is lost for nearly an hour. Will update again if this becomes a regular malfunction. I had an old TomTom device (5 years) that although I never updated, worked very well.
Feb 24 2016
Attempted to update from another Windows 7 machine. No better. Device just says "Something has gone wrong..." followed by
"Check your computer for more information". Of course the application doesn't suggest anything; not even an error code.