TomTom Via LIVE 120 Review - Voice control and interface Review


A LIVE weather service is also available. This reports a daily forecast for your current location, or a destination of your choosing, although you can’t get more detail than this. The speed camera database is also kept up-to-date via the LIVE connection, so you’re less likely to be caught out by mobile units which have only just taken up position. You can report the location of cameras, and even place an optional button on the main map screen to speed this process up. Last, but not least, the QuickGPSFix system uses the cell triangulation of the Via LIVE 120’s mobile data connection to get a basic location, which speeds up GPS satellite lock considerably.

The Via LIVE 120 also offers voice control, which allows you to enter commands as well as addresses verbally, without taking your hands off the steering wheel. However, the system is far more limiting than Garmin’s nuvi 3790T. The address entry system only allows you to use the traditional city, street, and then house number process, not a full postcode. If you want to use the voice commands, you will need to add an icon to the map screen to enable this mode – you can’t just assign a verbal keyphrase as you can with the Garmin nuvi 3970T. And when you do enter a command, this simply drops you back to using your fingers for entering the actual information, unless you’re entering an address via the traditional method. So whilst it’s commendable to see voice control in a device at this price, it’s not a fully realised system. Another commendable inclusion at this price is a Bluetooth receiver, enabling hands-free calling with your mobile phone.

However, the other big news is that TomTom has also used the interface from the GO LIVE 1000 in the Via LIVE 120. A tortuous menu structure has long been TomTom’s Achilles Heel, and now the initial screen offers just six options, which then lead to better organised submenus, rather than the confusing pages of options found on the home screen of previous TomToms. Where a submenu does include multiple pages, your current place is indicated by a scroll bar along the bottom. TomTom has also changed the behaviour of Cancel buttons, which now take you straight back to the map rather than just back one menu level.

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