The Good The thin-bodied TomTom Via 1535 has a more secure EasyPort connection than previous generations. Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice command enhance driver safety. Traffic data and IQ Routes technology actually helped us to avoid traffic jams.
The Bad While much easier to use than in earlier versions, TomTom's interface can still be a bit confusing to learn your way around for the first time. Traffic info doesn't cover surface and secondary roads.
The Bottom Line The TomTom Via 1535 TM offers many features and services to increase driver safety and routing efficiency.
TomTom Via 1535
TomTom's entry-level Via line is looking a lot like last year's top of the line. The Via 1535 TM that arrived for testing featured a large screen, Bluetooth, and voice command to go with its lifetime of map and traffic updates.
The Via 1535 TM is built around a 5-inch color touch screen. The unit's thin-profile chassis has a metallic bezel with a brushed aluminum finish. The only physical control on the entire unit is a power button located on the back of the unit. The back of the Via is also where you'll find the unit's speaker, the Micro-USB port for charging and syncing, and a microSD card slot for expanding the unit's internal memory to accommodate more map data.
TomTom's EasyPort mount has been redesigned and now attaches to the unit with a ball joint. This new connection is more solid and less prone to wearing out or popping off than the old rotating ring mount. Because the EasyPort mount no longer swivels around a central point for dashboard and windshield mounts, TomTom has added an internal accelerometer that detects the unit's orientation and rotates the onscreen interface 180 degrees to accommodate.
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