The GO 1000 has a more aesthetic map screen than previous TomToms, although the information it provides is essentially the same. There are icons along the left-hand side of the screen to take you directly to zoom functions, accessing a Bluetooth hands-free connection to your mobile phone, and LIVE services. The data strip along the bottom has now been divided into three sections, but tells you the same comprehensive range of facts about your journey, including current speed and prevailing limit, your next turning, plus ETA and time to destination.
The strip changes to a clear indication of the lane to be in at multi-carriageway junctions, and the full-screen graphic pops up at the most important motorway interchanges, although this has also been redesigned slightly for even greater clarity. The screen itself is clearer and brighter than previous GOs, making it easier to see in direct sunlight than before. There’s also an updated traffic view, which was already available in the TomTom iPhone app, although we weren’t able to test this due to the lack of LIVE services in our test unit.
As with its TomTom LIVE predecessors, the GO 1000 is not a cheap sat-nav and despite its abilities, if you’re only an occasional traveller it will be overkill. For those in this category, a more modest option would make better economic sense. But for those who make frequent journeys or just want the most advanced satellite navigation, the GO 1000 is the most capable device currently on the market. Yet again, TomTom has set the standard other satellite navigation devices will need to beat.