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TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World review



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  • Extensive world map package
  • Twitter update facility
  • TripAdvisor and Expedia services


  • Automated Twitter updates can annoy followers
  • LIVE services only available in some of Europe
  • Premium price

Review Price £299.99

Key Features: 5in widescreen; Maps for Europe, US, Canada, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Australasia; LIVE services including HD Traffic; Twitter connectivity; TripAdvisor and Expedia services

Manufacturer: TomTom

Social networking has been one of the most trendy topics for a couple of years now, and everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon. After all, it is the next stage of the shift towards a more conversational, interactive view of information which is an integral feature of the Internet in general. It has also been deemed responsible for both revolutions in the Middle East and mob looting here in the UK. So the inclusion of social networking connectivity in TomTom's latest sat-nav seems a pretty natural, almost obvious progression.

The new device is called the GO LIVE 1005 World, and it's essentially a special edition of the 5in widescreen GO LIVE 1005 we reviewed at the beginning of 2011. The new features revolve around two areas - greater functionality for international travellers, and Twitter connectivity, although the latter has garnered the lion's share of press attention.

You can connect the 1005 World to a Twitter account of your choice, and then have the option to Tweet a destination and your ETA there when you set this up prior to navigation. The device will also Tweet your updated ETA as you approach, and will give you the option to announce when you have reached the destination. You can choose to add a #TomTom hashtag to each Tweet as well. You can edit these messages to personalise them, add extra information, or direct them at specific recipients using their @ names.

TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World

On paper, this function will either fill you with horror or a sense of possibility, or maybe both. On the one hand, there are definitely situations where having a publicly accessible statement of where you are going and when you might get there could be really useful, as you won't have to pick up the phone when driving to answer the question directly. If you need to contact multiple people, it could be a timesaver, and also means people know when to get worried if you don't show up as expected.

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April 7, 2012, 11:44 pm

Problem with Tom Tom is that the maps are useless for Ireland. Excuses by Tom Tom re new routes, changed routing etc are excuses.
You will not find your way round Ireland with the latest UK and Ireland maps so even though the satnav itself is good, the maps make it useless. Better to buy a Garmin as their maps for Ireland are good.


September 5, 2012, 8:27 pm

My GoLive 1005 gives confusing directions and loves to take me down farm tracks. I much preferred my old, relatively cheap tom tom one. The live traffic was good, but stopped working over a month ago. Tom Tom support is absolute rubbish. They have got me to reset the device about 20 times, lost all of my favourites, and had me standing in the garden for hours trying to connect to live services. I am now the proud owner of an expensive, yet worthless piece of junk.
You can now get navigation and live traffic on a mobile phone, so why buy an expensive unreliable tom tom?

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