Pros 5" Large Screen is great for aging eyes, great day and night screen color options, excellent advance lane warning, voice recognition and commands work better than expected, easy mounting, very easy for user to program, interfaces perfectly with my TomTom
Cons None yet! See Summary below.
Summary As soon as I received my 1535TM and after I read the manual, I opened my registration account with TomTom. I followed the step by step instructions and downloaded TomTom's little program, MyTomTom, to my desktop computer (WIN 7), hooked up my unit with the provided USB cord and powered up. The unit was immediately checked for the latest map/traffic updates and 3 updates were suggested. The main update was a complete new map version. This download was apparently huge as it took approximately 11 hours for the download but I was willing to just let it run (you must have patience on this download) until it finished. I then "installed" the new map on the 1535TM (approximately 1hr 25min) and this all went without a hitch! I am all up to date and each time I hook up the unit, it is automatically checked for updates and no more have been recommended yet.Complete "PRO" comment: Pros:
I spent the last few days hooked up to the computer to become totally familiar with the features and commands and setting up some favorite local routes before I actually get out on the road to use it. I will not get to road test it until this next week. In the meantime, I have been looking for any problems with the routing and ease of use and so far, I have not found any significant "CONS" to say about this device. I have high expectations that this device will prove to be all that it is advertised.
I did very extensive research and compared the TomTom 1535TM to other popular brands and this one seemed to suit my purpose the best and had all the features, ease of use and support that I wanted. The 5" screen is outstanding for ease of use at a glance.
I will update this review as I gather more information from actual road use. Stay tuned!
Updated on Sep 29, 2011
5" Large Screen is great for aging eyes, great day and night screen color options, excellent advance lane warning, voice recognition and commands work better than expected, easy mounting, very easy for user to program, interfaces perfectly with my TomTom on-line account to receive map and traffic updates, complete and detailed instruction manual available for download from TomTom. Battery is charged while hooked to my computer and unit map and update status is checked by TomTom as soon as it is recognized in your account.
Pros None to speak of
Cons My Tom Tom software wouldn't connect to unit with XP, Connected with Win7, however when map update completed download and attempted to install, was unable because unit did not have enough memory to update map. I eneded up with no maps on unit. Tom Tom sa
Summary Don't waste your money or time. Very disappointing that Tom Tom would take a step backwards like this and damage their reputation.
Pros None that I can determine other than a 5 inch screen and it is thin.
Cons Does not work! Online software update has many, many bugs. Many appologies by TomTom advisors about features not working, we are aware of the problem, features advertised will be available in the near future! I had a TT 140 XL that was wonderful!
Summary Don't buy, almost everyone returning them to Costco!
Pros Great for average joe who just wants to go from A to B and NOTHING ELSE
Cons Too many to list
Many MISSING features
The "MY TOMTOM" software reminds me of windows 3.0
You CANNOT change the voice from the country of purchase like you can with other TomTom models you are RESTRICTED to the country you purchased it from.
Summary Maybe in a few months when TomTom actually finishe the software both for the device itself and the "mytomtom" application you may want to take a loomk at the VIA series but until then if you are any type of serious GPS user then you may want to hold off from getting these models.
I too am concerned at that lack of real review work put into the "editors" review.
Pros Works out of the box but that is about it.
Cons No lifetime updates as advertised.
Summary If you are like me and want to keep up-to-date then stay away from the entire line of VIA products. I bought two VIA's and had another unit delivered as a replacement and NONE of the units would 'talk' to the My TOMTOM update software. All you need to do is read the suppoer forum on the TOMTOM site and see hundreds of posts that are identical to this one. This company is blanatly selling a service that doesn't exist.