The remaining LIVE services include Google Local Search, weather, dynamic mobile speed camera updates, and QuickGPSfix. Google Local Search is now quite ubiquitous, offering an online Points of Interest database that’s keyword searchable and extends far beyond the one stored locally. The weather reports offer a five-day forecast, although it doesn’t go into hourly detail. The speed camera database will be bang up-to-date as changes are checked and downloaded at regular intervals. This is augmented by user reports about mobile cameras, and there’s an optional onscreen button so you can contribute any camera locations you come across as well, although we wouldn’t recommend you do this when driving. The QuickGPSfix uses the mobile data network to get a basic location, so the satellite lock will be faster.
There are some LIVE services which other manufacturers offer – such as the flight info available from Garmin’s nuvi 1690 – that TomTom doesn’t. Fuel prices have also disappeared from the list, which is a shame as these could be quite handy for tracking down the cheapest petrol nearby. On the plus side, the price of TomTom’s LIVE services has reduced considerably. At launch, they cost £7.99 a month, with just a three-month trial included. But you now get a whole year of usage out of the box, after which it’s £47.50 annually, which is well worth it if you commute a fair distance in rush hour. We’ve been using HD Traffic regularly for years now, and found it regularly saves us both time and stress.
Otherwise, this is a standard TomTom device with all the company’s latest widgets. You can search for an address or point of interest (POI), with keyword options for both, but this is not integrated across both. It’s also possible to enter an address verbally, although the voice control system is a far cry from Garmin’s system as found in the nuvi 2460LT and nuvi 3790T. The 825 calls upon TomTom’s IQ Routes when calculating, so takes into account historic traffic speeds for the given roads, depending on time of day and day of week. Its estimated arrival time should be much more accurate than sat-navs used to be a few years ago.