In use, the map screen is essentially the same as before, with TomTom’s trademark comprehensive array of information at the bottom, and full-screen guidance graphics at complex motorway junctions. The most significant enhancement is the traffic bar on the right. This provides more data about incidents, telling you the distance to the next one and an estimate of the delay it will cause. Delays beyond that are also illustrated along the bar.
There are one or two other additional features, like the ability to add function buttons to the home screen for rapid recall, for example adding your current location to the Favourites list or enabling voice commands. The latter is a little rudimentary, as although it will recognise a number of voice commands, you can only enter addresses via the city-street-number method – you can’t even search for a postcode verbally.
The mounting system is also worth mentioning. This is the same as the GO LIVE 1000’s, and uses magnets to hold the device in place. The car power adapter cable is also held firmly onto the device by magnets. So all you need to do is place the GO LIVE 1005 approximately on its cradle and it snaps into place. Similarly, removal is a doddle.
The extra screen real estate may be the only difference between the TomTom GO LIVE 1005 and the European mapping version of the 1000, and you pay a £40 premium for this 0.7in greater display. But that means it’s still the same cracking navigational device, only easier to see. For everyday travellers, we’d still recommend opting for the smaller version as our premium choice, but if visibility is important, the GO LIVE 1005 is just as good, in a bigger package.