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Extra LIVE services and Verdict

By James Morris

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Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

The LIVE services have also been extended, with the inclusion of TripAdvisor and Expedia connectivity. Both require the LIVE connection to be active, so will only work in the eight Western European countries where this is available. But coverage extends beyond this. For example, we found restaurants listed in TripAdvisor for small towns in Tenerife. TripAdvisor also lists hotels and places of interest you might want to visit, including location and phone number. Its main benefit over a standard Points of Interest listing or Google Local Search, however, is the user review section, which can help you decide where to go, although only some reviews are in English.

TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World

Expedia at first looks like an overlap of TripAdvisor, but in fact focuses entirely on hotels. It includes up-to-date pricing and a comprehensive listing of amenities, as well as reviews. So you can make a much more informed decision about where you want to stay, and then navigate there. And, of course, you also get the full range of TomTom's regular LIVE services, with HD Traffic as the jewel in the crown. This is only available in a subset of the eight Western European countries where LIVE services are supported, but it's brilliant where you can get it. A year of LIVE service is included in the box, after which the cost is £47.50 a year.

TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World

Verdict

Although the Twitter connectivity is the most unique and newsworthy feature on the TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World, in reality it's a feature you will most likely use for some journeys and not others. This is also one of the most expensive sat-navs currently on the market, as prices have dropped a lot over the last couple of years. However, the maps included are worth at least as much as the sat-nav itself, if you were to purchase them separately from TomTom, plus the TripAdvisor and Expedia functionality could be genuinely useful if you travel in Europe a lot. So whilst there are better-value sat-navs out there, including a number of TomTom's own models, those who regularly venture around the globe will find this a potent companion.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 10
  • Performance 9
  • Usability 9
  • Value 8

BoSto

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.

review100

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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