Let’s face it; many of us have found ourselves in a situation where we end up getting lost while driving. If you are out in the countryside, getting a bit lost is generally no big deal, but if you are in the midst of a large city with plenty of traffic, getting yourself lost can be an absolutely nightmare. If you miss your turn, you might have to drive for several miles in order to get back on track. Of course these days, getting lost while you are driving has become entirely unnecessary, thanks to modern GPS systems.
As you no doubt already know, the market is awash with GPS devices to suit all different tastes and budgets, so how does the TomTom VIA 1625TM shape up when compared to others, and is it a model worth considering. Well, hopefully this short review will help you to decide for yourself if the TomTom VIA 1625TM is right for you.
TomTom VIA 1625TM – A Brief Description
As with other GPS devices, the TomTom VIA 1625TM’s primary function is to provide easy and reliable navigation. It is quite a compact device, featuring a 5-inch touch screen, which many motorists feel is an ideal size; neither too big, nor too small. It is also a relatively inexpensive GPS device when compared to many other similar GPS systems. Does a lower price tag mean you get less bang for your buck? Absolutely not! When you purchase a GPS device, you are essentially paying for easy navigation, and that is exactly what you get from the TomTom VIA 1625TM.
One aspect of the VIA 1625TM that I really like, is its Advanced Lane Guide feature. This means that you get ample time to prepare for an upcoming turn-off or upcoming exit. This can be incredibly useful if you are driving on a busy freeway and you need to get into the appropriate lane for the exit you intend using. I also like that you get free lifetime map updates, although to be honest, you get the same with many of the big name brands these day. Anyway, rather than wasting any more words, let’s take a quick look at the main pros and cons of the TomTom VIA 1625TM.
- Very Affordable – With a price tag of around $170, one cannot deny the fact that the VIA 1625TM is without question, one of the most reasonably priced GPS devices in its class.
- Free Lifetime Map Updates – While many manufacturers/providers are now offering free map updates, it is still one of the things which I believe makes the VIA 1625TM a good potential candidate for anyone who is considering getting a new GPS device for their vehicle.
- Unobtrusive Design – This unit has a nice and generous 5-inch touch screen which is considered to be the most preferred size. It also has a very slender and very compact design which allows it to look at home even in small vehicles. A dual mounting system also allows you to position that suits you the most.
- Good Dependable Features – The text-to-speech feature works very well with this unit, as does the Advanced Lane Guide feature, the turn-by-turn guidance feature, and the voice command feature.
- USB Charging – I really like the fact that this unit is charged via USB because these days you can buy very affordable USB chargers for your vehicle, many of which can have as many as four individual ports. This then allows you not only charge your GPS unit, but also a phone or two at the same time.
- SD Card Compatibility – The TomTom VIA 1625TM features an SD slot which essentially provides you with additional storage for other maps you may need.
- Traffic Alerts – Like many GPS units, you can set your VIA 1625TM so that you receive frequent traffic alerts which are sent to your unit via radio signals. Simply tune the receiver in to your nearest radio station, and you are good to go.
- Guarantee – The VIA 1625TM comes with a one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
- Not Real Time Traffic Alerts – The TomTom VIA 1625TM relies on radio signals for traffic alerts/updates, and most radio stations only give updates or alerts every 15 minutes or so.
- No Bluetooth – While this is not really a major issue, there will no doubt be people who may be put off due to the lack of Bluetooth connectivity.
- Battery Life – Some potential customers may be disappointed to learn that the battery life of this unit is around 3 hours. However, if you have a USB charger for your vehicle, then this should not be an issue for most drivers.