Review: TomTom Via 620
The Via 620 is TomTom’s biggest GPS screen “yet”, with a 6-inch touchscreen interface.
Product type: In-car GPS
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RRP incl GST: $329
- Free daily map changes from TomTom’s crowdsourced Map Share Community
- Find parking near your destination or en route
- Three year bonus map updates
TomTom’s biggest GPS device yet. It’s big. It’s really big. Does it need to be? Probably not. It helps, though.
I wasn’t convinced about the advantages of having a whole 6 inches of windscreen real estate obstructed by this device, but the ease with each I can navigate its settings while on the road definitely makes the bigger screen worth it.
This is TomTom’s biggest GPS screen “yet”, as announced by the company. The word “yet” makes me weary, though. I don’t think any bigger, in this case, would actually be any better, but, at six inches, this screen translates into better images (higher resolution), bigger menus and buttons (perfect for chubby fingers like mine). This model is almost too big (definitely not something I need to carry in my bag all the time) but the compromise is worth it for the extra ease of use and the extra sense of security I got from not having to pay quite so much attention to where my fingers were on the screen while I really should be keeping the eyes on the road. Drivers of bigger cars such as trucks and SUVs will probably not even find it as big as other people.
The navigation was easy and directions were accurate, as it often happens with other TomTom models. The spoken street names feature is handy (even when you choose to have Darth Vader’s voice guiding you) and the parking feature helps you find parking near your destination (which can also save you a lot of time spent aimlessly driving around the same block).
On a hardware-related note, the dual-mounting system that allows drivers to mount the device on either the dashboard or the windscreen is a plus (and will help those who think the six-inch screen takes up too much windscreen real estate).
I was disappointed to see that the charging cable does not plug into the device magnetically, something I had seen (and appreciated) in previous TomTom models. On a more positive note, however, the Via 620 comes with lifetime free daily map changes and the most up to date New Zealand and Australia maps.
Posted by Anonymous at 19:34:32 on September 12, 2012
Pros: Large 6" high resolution screen, easy to read and use, accurate map with nice spoken street names, etc. effortless download of daily map updates
What I want is a good GPS to guide me to where I want to make it to. Blue tooth and other features are not what I am interested in a GPS. My Bluant S4 and my Galaxy S3 will do the hand-free calls. My car FM Radio is better than a GPS's. I have used the Galaxy S3 GPS. It is quite OK, just a far cry from this Tom Tom Via 620. This Tom Tom Via 620 works perfect to me. It mounts perfectly on the top of my Nissan Maxima windscreen without blocking my view of the road at all. With its large, clear and sensuous screen showing what are on the map plus the spoken street names, etc. it is so easy to read and use. It is effortless to down load the daily map updates. I viewed people's comments saying there be some problem to connect to tomtom.com. I don't find it so. I bought this one from Harvey Norman last week. As soon as I plug in the usb and download the tomtom, it popped up on my desktop and asked me to set up an account. When my account is set up every time I plug in the GPS to the computer the tomtom pops up on my computer and activate the GPS showing if the map is up to date or it needs to be updated. The tip is that when you connect it to your computer you need to plug in the usb cord straight to the computer usb port, not the usb hub. My Galaxy S3 won't accept the usb hub either. I am totally happy with my Tom Tom Via 620. It is excellent. I would give it 5 stars as a car GPS. 5 Stars
Posted by Kenneth Lihandra at 14:49:52 on February 11, 2013
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