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Design and Usability

By James Morris



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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.

TomTom GO LIVE 825

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.


January 5, 2012, 8:55 pm

I do not understand how this device gets 9/10. Card slot doesn't work, so I can't keep both US and Europe map on a same device (Swapping takes lot of time), MapShare doesn't work with MyTomTom, so user corrections are not available for this device (and latest map is really outdated)... overall very disappointed.


August 24, 2013, 4:35 pm

I would recommend taking a good map with you if you own one of these contraptions, you'll need to search for several street names close to the one you're heading for and hope it will recognise one. The display change from one page to the next is painfully slow. As mentioned in other posts the mount is hopeless, you resort to trying to type in your destination with it still attached to the windscreen which leaves both your arm and neck aching. During the 2 months I've owned the thing I have wasted time searching for a location that it refused to recognise, for example: Eltham Palace Road, Eltham entered, result nothing. Many times I simply revert to the map. I've lost count of the number of appointments I've been late for having struggled with it and given up. I was recently prompted by their program loaded onto my computer to update camera locations after which it took several days off before it decided to remember where any cameras were at all! It sometimes decides to switch its self on when the ignition is turned on but not every time. I was prompted to renew Live services on the display recently, I then received an email asking me to complete the purchase totalling £47.50. So in the 2 months I've struggled with the thing it's already gone out of date! How often are they going to want £47.50 from me? The sales pitch from Halfords was free maps!

Albert Visser

September 2, 2013, 2:56 pm

I could'nt agree more. What makes it worse is the plugging in of the power supply and removal every time you need to take it out. They have one product!!!! .I need a GPS and I think the mapping and live trafic seems to be better than the Garmin. But the frustration to work with the integrated mount is just too much. So the solution from the sales people? Why don't you buy the most expensive one? No sir I would just have to live without live traffic and go and buy me a nice design from Garmin. What realy frustrate me is the fact that you have 100's of people in TomTom designing a single product and they have the ability to totally screw up the common function on all GPS's


September 25, 2013, 7:11 am

Has it Got a SD Slot

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