Sunday, March 18, 2012

UPDATED: Six-inch TomTom VIA 1605TM heading to US

UPDATE: It’s official.

UPDATE 2: Read my hands on review of the TomTom VIA 1605TM.

There were a few items showing up on the Web this morning about a six-inch START 60 that just hit the market in Europe, and while we often have to wait many months to see new TomToms on this side of the pond, a 6″ TomTom VIA 1605TM has shown up on Amazon.

Granted, we don’t have a release date yet, but I have hopes we’ll see this one in the next month or so. Note that while it isn’t showing up on TomTom.com, neither is the START 55 series, which has been available for over a month here in the states.

Magellan’s 7″ RoadMate line has certainly been popular, and I suspect TomTom sees a potential niche market here. What do you think? Is bigger better? PNDs and smartphones both seem to be gravitating that direction. Five inches just not enough screen real estate for you?

Via Pocket GPS World

UPDATE: It’s now official; here’s the full news release.

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Comments

  1. offthegrid says:

    I’m routing for a next gen TT Live device for the US. A 6 inch screen on that would be welcome.

  2. Mike Flannigan says:

    Rich:
    Thanks for your reply to me post on Laptop GPS World.
    Regards,
    Mike Flannigan

  3. Actually, it was me that replied to your post at LaptopGPS. 🙂

    • That explains why I didn’t remember it!

      • robertGPS says:

        This Six-inch TomTom VIA 1605TM has poor GPS signal receiver, poor menu, alway on “Waiting for GPS signal” in my car, in my house, in the park, any where, you have to know zip codes to enter an address, and lack of colors,

  4. robertGPS says:

    This Six-inch TomTom VIA 1605TM has poor GPS signal receiver, poor menu, alway on “Waiting for GPS signal” in my car, in my house, in the park, any where, you have to know zip codes to enter an address, and lack of colors,

    • I’m having similar reception issues with the START model I’m testing. It locks, but it often isn’t locked by the time I enter a destination.

  5. The VIA 1605 is beautifully designed with a great interface. nothing to compare to ugly Garmin.
    HOWEVER, responsiveness is a bad joke, screen refresh also takes forever.
    The resolution and graphics are finer than previous models but I suspect they saved costs on processor which just KILLS the usability of that slow device.
    went back to my GARMIN 🙁

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