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New GPS portable navigation device: TomTom Via 620

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

TomTom has launched in Singapore its latest GPS portable navigation device (PND). The Via 620 has a monstrous 6-inch touch screen, a dual-mounting system and a high resolution widescreen (WVGA 800 x 480 pixels).

It is available now at S$299, and comes with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

TomTom Via 620 - available now at S$299, with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

TomTom Via 620 – available now at S$299, with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

The Via 620 has the largest screen and resolution amongst the PNDs made by TomTom.

The TomTom Via 620 can either be mounted on the windscreen ...

The TomTom Via 620 can either be mounted on the windscreen …

The result is sharper screen clarity and bigger on-screen buttons.

This provides drivers a clearer view of the route and easier interaction with the device.

The Via 620 is loaded with the maps of seven countries/territories across South East Asia – allowing for easy regional navigation.

From now till 31 October 2012, users are entitled to a Lifetime South East Asia Map Update Service Subscription.

This means that TomTom users get free lifetime updates of the maps for seven South East Asia countries/territories.

... or the TomTom Via 620 can be mounted on the dashboard.

… or it can be mounted on the dashboard.

The promotion also comes with the purchase of any TomTom Via and GO series GPS.

The seven countries/territories are Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Macau.

With road networks changing on an average 15 per cent a year, the map update service ensures that TomTom drivers enjoy timely free map updates, with four new maps of South East Asia released each year.

Drivers also benefit from free daily map changes, based on reports from TomTom’s Map Share Community of 21 million.

Drivers, particularly those with larger vehicles, will find the Via 620 practical, clear and easy-to-use, translating to better confidence on the road,” said Chris Kearney, Vice President, TomTom Asia Pacific.These help drivers deal with frequent road changes such as new speed limits and blocked roads.

IQ Routes has also been enhanced to accurately give drivers the best route and arrival time, based on real travel times shared by millions of drivers.

The new “split-screen” Advanced Lane Guidance view gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.

Event: Launch of TomTom Via 620 and Map Share

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

TomTom has launched its latest GPS PND (portable navigation device) today and has enabled all of its 60 million PNDs to receive free daily map changes.

TomTom launched the Via 620 at Ku De Ta atop Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

TomTom launched the Via 620 at Ku De Ta atop Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Via 620 (S$299) has the largest screen and resolution amongst the PNDs made by TomTom (Read about the details of the Via 620 here).

“The roads in Singapore change all the time, sometimes with roadworks springing up overnight. Driving to a destination may take longer than usual as the familiar routes could be closed overnight. Knowing about these changes before setting off can save drivers a lot of time and help reduce overall congestion,” says Valerie Cross, TomTom Public Relations Manager Asia Pacific.At the same time, free daily map changes via the TomTom Map Share community allows drivers to personalise the TomTom map on their own device and also share and receive map changes with the Map Share community around the world.

Map Share was previously only available on a limited number of TomTom devices.

Map Share technology enables drivers to keep the TomTom map on their device up to date with immediate changes in their area.

Drivers then have the choice to share those road changes with TomTom and the broader Map Share community.

Map Share enables people to quickly and easily report and share the most frequent road changes.

TomTom Via 620

TomTom Via 620

More structural, long-term changes such as the addition of roads or roundabouts are validated and updated within TomTom’s maps and made available on a quarterly basis.

TomTom applies a hybrid approach to map-making that includes the combination of authoritative sources, such as field collection, government data or satellite imagery, with community input to ensure its maps accurately reflect reality.

From today, all TomTom Via and GO customers will be able to receive free daily map changes from the TomTom Map Share Community via a simple, free software update.

Daily map changes include the more dynamic, frequent changes that drivers are likely to encounter such as:

  • Changed speed limits
  • New street names
  • Blocked roads
  • New traffic directions
  • Altered turn restrictions

Drivers have control over which daily map changes they load onto their device.

They can choose to accept changes submitted by some or many other Map Share users, or only those verified by TomTom.

View TomTom’s video on Map Share and free daily updates below.

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Maiden run: TomTom VIA 280

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

I tried out the TomTom VIA 280 for the first time during my drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL) today after receiving the review unit yesterday. Here are the initial impressions.

TomTom VIA 280 on its maiden run on the Malaysian North-South expressway.

TomTom VIA 280 on its maiden run on the Malaysian North-South expressway.

Set up was straightforward. Plug the main unit to the cigarette plug using the USB cable, attach the main unit to the windscreen and you’re set to go.

Once you start the engine, the TomTom VIA 280 switches on. Switching off the engine, switches off the VIA 280 automatically.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigartette plug.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigarette plug.

The user-interface was real easy. The route chosen was optimal. Changes to the route was simple. What impressed me most was how fast the recalculation took place.

I started off using the VIA 280 for a short journey running an errand round the neighbourhood. Just press “Navigate to” icon on the main menu, select “POI” (Point of interest), followed by “POI near you”, and then browse the various categories.

It was easy enough to find the neighbourhood shopping centre and set it as the destination. The map display was clear and the estimated distance to the next turning was accurate.

For the KL trip, I first set it as a “Favourite”. Next I set the route for it under “Plan route”. The recommended route was through the Causeway. But I preferred the Tuas Second Link.

By choosing the “Change route” option, you could ask for alternative routes, to travel via the Second Link or to avoid using the Causeway – which I did.

As I approached the second link, I realised that for the first time in my life, I’d forgotten to top up. The fuel gauge read just more than half-tank.

The Singapore government requires Singaporean drivers driving to Malaysia to have their petrol tanks at least ¾ tank full, otherwise if you’re caught in a spot-check, you’re fined S$500.

First impressions:

For a maiden run, the VIA 280 made a very positive impression.

The VIA 280 strikes me as a no-frills PND which is more than competent to handle all the functionalities one would expect for helping the driver navigate from point A to point B.

Now where’s the nearest petrol station?

Tapping anywhere on the map on the screen activated the main menu.

The following menu options: “Change route” > “Travel via…” > “Point of Interest” > “POI near you” > “Petrol station” revealed a list of petrol stations nearby, according to distance. 15 minutes later, we were back on track to hit the customs.

The drive on the North-South expressway was uneventful. En route, I deliberately deviated from the recommended route to see how the VIA 280 reacted. Both times, it came up with a new route in less than 3 seconds – impressive.

After the four-hour drive, we finally reached our destination 2 minutes before the time of arrival initially estimated by the VIA 280 at the beginning of the journey.

Mr Postman delivers: TomTom VIA 280

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

The courier dropped off the TomTom VIA 280 GPS portable navigation device (PND) for review. The VIA range is the new family of PNDs that TomTom just introduced to Singapore this week.

TomTom VIA 280 (Click to see the other accessories), the screen display here is a sticker.

TomTom VIA 280, the screen display here is a sticker.

TomTom has been selling the XL 250, XXL 550 and GO 750 PNDs in Singapore.This week, it introduced the GO 2050 and GI 2050 World, as well as the VIA 220, VIA 260 and VIA 280.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigartette plug.

Only three components in the box: the main unit, the USB cable and the cigartette plug.

Compared to the GO family of PNDs, the VIA range represents the lower end, no-frills selection of PNDs.

I’d tried the GO 750 before and was impressed by it, but I was curious whether the VIA would cut it. Over the next week, I’ll be driving to Kuala Lumpur and back with the VIA 280 – and then I’ll let you know whether the VIA 280 is any good.

For now, a look at the new box of VIA 280 shows three parts: the main unit itself, the plug for the car’s cigarette lighter, and the USB cable which connects the main unit to the plug.

The same USB cable is also used to connect the main unit to the computer for software and map updates.

The integrated mount behind the TomTom VIA 280 comprises an adjustable suction disc.

The integrated mount behind the TomTom VIA 280 comprises an adjustable suction disc.

Behind the main unit is the integrated mount, with a suction disc. After connecting the cable, bend the suction disc outwards, press it against the windscreen and turn the knob around the disc to tighten the grip of the disc on the windscreen.

Then adjust the angle until the screen of the main unit is at the right viewing angle from the driver’s seat.

Press the power button behind the main unit and it’s ready to operate.

Tomorrow, I’ll be driving up to KL in the morning. We’ll see how it fares then.

5 New GPS PNDs: TomTom GO and Via series

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Five new GPS PNDs from TomTom have arrived in Singapore – three from the Via range and two from the GO series. They will be available during SITEX 2011 from S$199 to S$479.

Comparison of the feature sets for the five TomTom GO and Via PNDs.

Comparison of the feature sets for the five TomTom GO and Via PNDs.

TomTom’s PNDs (Portable Navigation Devices) uses the unique IQ Routes technology that allows everyone to drive like a local.

Pricing & Availability: 

The new TomTom PNDs will be available at SITEX 2011 (24-27 November) at the following recommended retail prices.

TomTom Via 220 S$199
TomTom Via 260 S$239
TomTom Via 280 S$279
TomTom GO 2050 S$399
TomTom GO 2050 World S$479

The technology uses real road speed information contributed by TomTom drivers to consider all possible routes for selecting the fastest path – rather than rely on static maximum road speeds.

This often results in a different and faster route, saving significant travel time as well as money and fuel.

The PNDs comes with maps of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Macau.

With road networks changing an average of 15% per year, TomTom allows users to download the latest map free-of-change within 90 days of first use. Users also get four bonus maps free in the first year of use.

TomTom GO 2050 and 2050 World

TomTom GO 2050 (S$399) and TomTom GO 2050 World (S$479)

TomTom GO 2050 (S$399) and TomTom GO 2050 World (S$479)

Both feature a large 5” Fluid Touch screen that allows users to pinch to zoom in and out of maps, or to scroll through menus with the tip of a finger. The Easy Click magnetic mount makes docking and undocking easier than ever – even with just one hand.

For S$80 more, the GO 2050 World comes with a world map which allows seamless navigation across 66 countries. The map covers includes coverage of South-East Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and major towns and cities in Africa.

TomTom Via 220 (S$199), 260 (S$239) and 280 (S$279)

TomTom Via 220 (S$199), 260 (S$239) and 280 (S$279)

TomTom Via 220, 260 and 280

The TomTom Via range ships with pre-installed Safety Cameras, IQ Routes, and Voice Control (Via 260 and 280).

Launching in Singapore for the first time, the software features Bluetooth hands free calling and an easy to use interface.

The TomTom Via 220 and 260 feature a 4.3” touch screen while the Via 280 sports a 5” touch screen.