• TomTom Maps
  • 6-inch 16:9 resistive widescreen (800 x 480) screen
  • Internal memory, microSD slot
  • Pros:
  • Big screen
  • Easy to use
  • Dual-mounting
  • Cons:
  • Occasional slow GPS lock after start-up
  • Some difficulty mounting on dashboard

Never Lose Sight Of Direction Again

Lets face it, for those of us who have a broken internal compass, a GPS device is a lifesaver, especially when you’re trying to get to places that will make even a veteran taxi driver scratch his head. These devices, whilst useful, can oftentimes be rather confusing to use, and have small screens that make it difficult to keep your focus on especially on really unfamiliar streets. That’s now no longer an issue with the TomTom Via 620 GPS.

The first thing that we noticed about the Via 620 is its six inch screen, which TomTom says is the biggest display out of all its GPS devices lineup. While it is a resistive touchscreen display, the screen requires minimal pressure to register an input, which makes it a great and easy device to use even while driving if you need to make changes to your route or destination.

Another physical feature that we took note of about the Via 620 is the dual mounting system, which allows the GPS to be positioned either on the dashboard or the windscreen. Depending on one’s preference, it’s certainly a good option to have, although admittedly we had a harder time trying to get the GPS to stick onto the dashboard than the windscreen.

In terms of software, the Via 620 runs the latest version of the TomTom GPS maps, with updates coming in at every yearly quarter. One new feature that has us particularly intrigued is the Advanced Lane Guidance system which shows you specifically which lane you need to take when turning into junctions or turn-offs. This feature is highly accurate on the current TomTom maps, which even includes back lanes and small roads as well.

One point of contention for the Via 620 however lies only in how it takes its time to start to locate our position when the GPS is first booted up. On a good day, it usually takes 10-20 seconds to detect your location, and on not-so-good days, up to a minute. We’re hoping that TomTom fixes this in a future update as this is otherwise an excellently made GPS.

CHIP CONCLUDEThe TomTom Via 620 GPS is probably one of our favourite GPS devices up to date, owing largely to its big six inch display and software updates that make this device such a joy to use.

(previously published in issue August 2012)