TomTom GO LIVE 1005 Review


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  • Review Price: £243.00

TomTom hasn’t been resting on its laurels. Although no competitor has matched the power of HD Traffic quite yet, with the GO LIVE 1000 the company nevertheless added new routing technology, a new chassis design, and an overhauled menu structure. Now TomTom has taken the same core features and supersized them. The result is the GO LIVE 1005.

Regular sat-nav watchers may have noticed subtle changes in TomTom’s latest naming strategy. The model number is now last, after the LIVE, and the 5 in the 1005’s name denotes a 5in display. This may be only 0.7in larger diagonally than the GO LIVE 1000’s 4.3in screen, but the result is a noticeably bigger device. With the same extremely clear LCD panel technology, the GO LIVE 1005 has one of the easiest displays to see currently available.

As with the GO LIVE 1000, and Via LIVE 120, the GO LIVE 1005 has a much improved menu structure compared to previous TomToms. Instead of offering a seemingly endless series of option pages, the initial screen presents just six icons, including the all-important location search. This is split into the usual address or Points of Interest (POI) sections, so you can’t search by keyword across both databases.

The POI system does have a free search, but the address database requires you to know the postcode or city location of your intended street destination. This is not as friendly as Mio’s Navman Spirit or Motorola’s MOTONAV devices. These offer a single unified keyword search that will bring up both addresses and POIs, in particular allowing you to find a street without knowing precisely which town it’s in.

Routing, however, is the most sophisticated yet. The GO LIVE 1005 doesn’t calculate its routes in the traditional way, on the fly. Instead, like the GO LIVE 1000 and Via Live 120, it has all possible routes between different destinations pre-calculated, so it simply has to look up the right one. The system also incorporates IQ Routes, so it takes account of the time of day and day of week you’re travelling to figure out road speed. We tried a selection of destinations, and found those closer than 50 miles took a couple of seconds to calculate, and even routes of hundreds of miles between the centres of distant cities took 10 seconds or less.

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