TomTom Via 220 review: TomTom Via 220

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Decent price. Fast route calculation. Buggy voice recognition junked.

The Bad Why was TomTom Home killed?. No Bluetooth hands-free. Slow acquisition of GPS lock.

The Bottom Line With a keen price, and minus the frustrating voice-recognition system found in the rest of the range, the Via 220 proves that less is more; but still not enough to earn it top marks.

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Despite having a higher model number than the previous Via models — remember the Via 160 and the Via 180 ? — the new 220 is actually the entry-level Via-branded unit.

Design

The 220 is equipped with a 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen that works well both day and night, and doesn't suffer behind polarised sunglasses.

Dressed in black, the 220's body is sturdy, but it doesn't feel particularly special. The built-in speaker goes up to a decent volume without becoming an unintelligible ocean of crackle and hiss. As with other Via models, the windshield mount is integrated into the body, allowing it to fold up compactly for storage, while the dial that operates the suction cup is a model of simplicity.

The interface sports the same spiffed-up graphical package seen on the other Vias, as well as the latest-generation Go models . Thankfully, the flashier graphics don't diminish the unit's ease of use, or introduce unnecessary lag. The map screen is the least-changed aspect, so it's still easy to read on the go, although the name of the next street should be easier to find onscreen.

Features

With a lower price, naturally, comes fewer features. Although, given our troubled time with the voice-recognition system on the other Via models, this is actually rather a boon.

Other items missing from the specs sheet include traffic messaging, FM transmission, music playback and 3D landmarks. Indeed, the only missing feature that we pined for was Bluetooth hands-free.

On the plus side, speed limit info is supplied for most metro roads. Warnings are present for red light and speed cameras, although it can be hard to tell from the tiny flashing icons what type of camera it's warning you about.

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TomTom Via 220

Part Number: CNETTomTom Via 220

Typical Price: $199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.