TomTom’s Via 260 - Getting Lost No More

4/25/2012 5:33:02 PM

TomTom’s Via 260 will bring you to places you’ve never been to

Price: $195



When it comes to GPS devices, there are only so many brands that comes to mind and TomTom is one of them. This month, we have the newly launched TomTom Via 260 with us. It’s not the more premium GO series but is it good enough? Let’s find out!

Description: TomTom Via 260

The Via 260 is equipped with a 4.3-inch display and everything is controlled using the touch screen interface. However, some things can be voice controlled. We’ll talk about this later.

It is equipped with an integrated mount that can be angled at any position you can think of. It can also be dash mounted but you will need a flat surface in the car to do that. The problem with an integrated mount is that you’ll need to take the mount off the windscreen whenever you are getting out of the car (Malaysia is not as safe as other countries). This causes the suction cup to lose it’s suction. On our reviewing unit, the mount worked for about 3 times. After that, it just dropped off after 30 minutes or so.

Description: The integrated amount can be angled at any position you can think of.

The integrated amount can be angled at any position you can think of.

The interface is intuitive enough to be used. The buttons are pretty big and typing in addresses couldn’t be easier. There are options for the user to report speed cameras as well as traffic info, but it’s not supported in Malaysia.

Performance wise, the Via 260 is pretty accurate. With only 70% signal strength (we tested this on a car with tinted windows), our speed and location was only about 2km/h and 5 – 10 meters off. On a fully charged battery, it took us about 2 hours to deplete it.

The device has Bluetooth connectivity to connect to a phone as well. Pairing it is easy enough and we got ours working in less than a minute. You can also control the device using voice controls. There are a bunch of voice commands that can be used, including navigating to a location and basic operations of the device.

Chip Conclude

The TomTom Via 260 is a pretty full featured navigation device and our only beef is the integrated mount. While it is a good idea, it’s not practical. Let’s hope TomTom can address this issue.


Display: 4.3-inch

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

Interface: Micro USB

Storage: 2GB (Internal), external SD card slot

Dimensions (W x D x L): 119 x 84 x 19.7mm

Weight: 183g



Performance: 4 stars

Features: 4 stars

Design: 3 stars

Value: 4 stars

Good: full featured device, bluetooth connectivity, voice controlled

Bad: integrated mount

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