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Twitter issues and map coverage

By James Morris



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But there are issues, too. One problem is that when the Twitter function updates your ETA multiple times, including as you approach your destination, only the first one is your customised message. So even if you used @ names or even a DM to narrow down the recipient list, these further updates will be broadcast to the whole world, although you can turn this feature off entirely. Secondly, the arrival message is very generic, merely saying that you've arrived. You will also find that having your Twitter feed full of TomTom updates will annoy some of your followers, as there are always those who object to any form of automated social media updating. Then there's the whole social issue of making your whereabouts publicly transparent, which we won't go into detail here as this is TrustedReviews, not the Culture Show. Essentially, having lots of information about your whereabouts in the public domain can pose as many privacy and identity theft issues as it adds exciting new possibilities.

TomTom GO LIVE 1005 World

Still, these are the same issues faced by players of Foursquare, users of Facebook's Check In feature, Google Latitude participants, or indeed contributors to any social media system which includes location-based information. Indeed, ALK's CoPilot Live Premium offered built-in Facebook as well as Twitter connectivity six months ago. TomTom's implementation does have some flaws, but it's functional enough to be useful in some circumstances, and this is not the only extra feature you get for the £30-50 premium the World costs (depending on where you shop) over the Europe-only version of the 1005.

The most extra value comes from the maps included as standard. Alongside European coverage, there's Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and North America as well. Southeast Asia includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand, whilst Southern Africa includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. So you are still missing some important parts of the world, including North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America, China and Japan, some of which TomTom does offer map upgrades for, which will cost extra. But overall this is a very extensive map selection.


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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