Customer Reviews for TomTom TomTom VIA 1500M SE 5" Portable GPS
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TomTomTomTom VIA 1500M SE 5" Portable GPS
Make traveling to your next destination simple with this TomTom VIA 1500M SE 5" Portable GPS. It has more than 7 million point of interests stored within its databases so finding nearby attractions is easy. This auto GPS unit covers North American locations and offers free lifetime map updates. Its user interface is designed to be simple to navigate. The map share technology is an added bonus. It comes complete with a USB cord, a case and a battery.
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Customer Recommendation86%63 out of 73reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Review 1 for TomTom VIA 1500M SE 5" Portable GPS
So far So good
By defriter ,
I just received the GPS a day ago. I previously had a GARMIN NUVI and it recognized the touch screen half of the time, and the cable was in a horrible spot which ultimately caused it to stop working due to the cable being bent against the dashboard.
This tomtom has the cable up top and aiming to the right direction. The touch screen is very sensitive which makes it easy to type the address. The lifetime map updates can only be used 4 times a year, which is a little disappointing but not a big deal. I searched one of my favorite destinations and it actually found it, instead of having to drive to it and the save the spot on my garmin.
Note: The first time you update the gps, it takes about 5 minutes to download the update but 40 minutes to update the actual gps. Even though that is a long time, this is my third GPS and they are all slow when it comes to updating. On the other side, the update was rather simple to get and even a non computer savvy person should be able to do it
I just received this last week, but so far it is better than my old Garmin. My biggest complaint is with the software used to load maps onto the device. I had to go and edit a bunch of INI files with each downloaded map to switch ports that the map software uses to connect to the maps web service. If I left the default port or didn't switch the configuration after each download, then the download would grind to a halt. With a fast fiber internet connection it was not on my end. This required killing the maps updated, editing a very we'll hidden configuration, and then relaunching. The actual load to the device was quick. It took me hours of research on the TomTom forums to find solutions that work and I cannot believe that a non-technical user would figure it out. If you just need U.S. Maps and are not technical, then the device is fine. If you need more, then good luck downloading (a 500mb file does not take 5 days to download when you have a 75 Mbps connection).
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:1 week or less
Usage:A few times per year
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Review 3 for TomTom VIA 1500M SE 5" Portable GPS
By ScottH2010 ,
Love my TOM TOM, I own two. The live traffic is great in the cities for routing around trouble. Word of warning, when you update for the first time you have a code that comes in the box, DO NOT through it away. I lost my info and now my maps to not update unless I pay.
Also if you register more than one TOM TOM, each needs its own email address.
I never travel without it!
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:9 - 10 months
Usage:A few times per month
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Not what it says!
Lifetime Maps - Only for MAC and Windows. NOT Linux! I am exclusively a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) and Linux user. So even though the TomTom is built on FOSS it can't be updated by FOSS. Why?
Has a micro SD slot which is NOT ACTIVATED. Why?
Maps are not correct for my area. Tried to set Schools and it missed several which have been there more than ten years. A few roads are also wrong, again in place for more than ten years. These roads are paved and maintained by the county road department.
The only thing I don't like about it is that you cannot "unclick" the GPS and leave the mount when you don't want to leave the GPS on the windshield---you have to remove suction-cup and all. That said, this thing is a really good value for the money, large screen with lots of settings to customize it the way you like it. You can leave set it for the standard single-screen display or set it to go to a split-screen when you hit major intersections on the Interstate. With split-screen, you get the standard display on the left half and on the right half, your path and the lane(s) you should take are clearly marked in orange arrows. I'm planning to drive from KY to SC in a couple of weeks and this will be a great help in navigating a 10-hour drive. Power-cord is a USB end with a cigarette-lighter device you can plug into, so I like the option to choose between the two. I'm very pleased with this product.
Gave this as an early Christmas present to my daughter in law. She had never used one before so I was kind of worried. When her and my grand daughter went on their trip she used it for every thing. She easily found her destination as well as gas stations and restaurants. Every thing was very easy to use.
got it on sale. Very good for the average traveler
By jansport ,
Easy to register. Speaks much clearer than my 8 year old magellan. Gives much more detail for turns.Free maps are good but seams like I am always upgrading the syatem. Icon appears on computer when update is ready. This GPS is great for the average traveler.
At first I thought this used a (separate) mounting bracket to secure this device to the windshield (I should have read the details better I guess), however I do like that the mounting system is built in to the device itself. It makes installation extremely easy. (just press the GPS device's suction cup against the windshield, then turn the knob on the back of the suction cup until it "clicks") This is very easy to use, and the information is easy to read. The only thing I wish this had would be to include Bluetooth (so the instructions could play over most radios).
The TOM TOM is superior to the Garmin that I have used. The voice does not say "recalculating" but waits and tells you how to correctly continue. The "integrated" window attachment is a bit cumbersome and the instructions are not new user friendly. But overall I like it and Walmart offers superior value over Amazon.
I have owned a tom tom for 8 yrs-but an older version. After purchasing this one-I never knew it could be so fun going places. I really like the big screen and the split screen feature come up upon exits so you never have to touch the device while driving. When you turn on your car-the device turns on (if you have it plugged in). Having to get used to removing the suction cup (nonremoveable from device) and device each exit- I really like this model.
I would recommend this product to everyone of all ages . Even the techno declined . We love it. TomTom will not let you speed or get lost. Also lets you know when a gas station is coming up and lets you know if the station is a Shell or any other one. We are very happy with our product and the services of Wal-Mart. Thank you!
This was an online special. We have used it twice in areas we frequent often. It consistently takes a longer or out of the way route. It is not accurate. Could not recommend it to anyone. We are considering returning it.
It is precise. It has all the bells and whistles I was looking for. I upgraded from the Garmin and was very impressed by all the great features TomTom offers. Ex.) driving through Cinncinati Ohio can be hectic but TomTom not only advises you to be in the left lane but shows you on the screen what lanes will effectively keep you left. Also when you take a gas break it does not automatically tell you you are going the wrong way instead it gives the directions to return to your route. My old gps would tell me it was "recalculating" any chance it got and that was frustrating. TomTom just acts as if your still following your route. Amazing product!
I used Garmin and Magellan for many years in our 4 vehicles. But I noticed that there were tracking errors in the Garmin. I also found that the mileage indicator did not adjust as you got near your destination in text mode with the Garmin. Out of frustration, I purchased this TomTom and am I glad I did. It offers far more features than the Garmin. It also costs less (better value) and the mileage indicator works properly. I can wholeheartedly recommend this TomTom
Wanted something outside of my phone for trip directions. Chose this item as priced right and available immediately. Was not disappointed. Could not imagine navigating the unfamiliar streets of Los Angeles with out it. Would have liked some better printed step by step directions as a first time GPS user, but it was not too difficult to figure out by trail and error. Lots of convenient optional settings in its drop-down menus
I bought this unit to save data on my phone for road trips. Works like a champ! Just put in a destination and let her show you the way. Exceeded my expectations with finding a home in a new addition with no issues. Great product!!
This TomTom replaced a 4 year old one that cost $40 more. Couldn't be happier. Technology is much advanced and windshield mount works great; no additional mounting device needed as I did with old one. SUPER VALUE!