Today, up above the hustle and bustle of Singapore's Central Business District at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, TomTom announced its largest personal navigation device yet for Singapore, the all-new Via 620.
The highlight of the Via 620 personal navigation device has got to be its massive 6-inch screen. Not only is the screen the largest of any TomTom personal navigation device, it is also the sharpest, thanks to its 800 x 480 resolution. In our experience with the unit, we must say that the Via 620 is highly legible and graphics are pretty clean and crisp. TomTom, well aware that the large screen size of the Via 620 could pose a distraction while driving, has also provided a useful dual-mounting system so that the Via 620 can be securely mounted on the vehicle's windscreen or on the dashboard.
Physical attributes aside, the Via 620 has also received a thorough software upgrade in the form of TomTom's latest IQ Routes technology. When enabled, IQ Routes uses extensive travel data shared by drivers to figure out the best possible route to your destination. Furthermore, for a limited time (up until the end of October 2012) users of the Via 620 in Singapore will also get free lifetime updates to seven countries - Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Macau.
On top of this, TomTom is also implementing free daily map changes via TomTom's Map Share community. How this works is simple: when driving along, users can update changes in road conditions such as changed speed limits, new street names or blocked roads etc. directly on to the device. These changes can then be uploaded to the Map Share community later where it can be downloaded by other TomTom users.
All in all, with the large, crisp display and with useful features such as IQ Routes and free lifetime map updates, the Via 620 looks to be an interesting proposition for drivers. It is on sale now for S$299.