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TomTom Go Live 1000 UK Review

Information on the TomTom Go Live 1000 Sat Nav device. Find out what's new with TomTom's redesigned in car satellite navigation device

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In October 2010, the new-look TomTom Go Live 1000 hit the UK. This represents an upgrade to earlier models of TomTom's Go family, and introduces some under-the-hood changes. Here's our first look at the retail version of the Go 1000.

TomTom Go Live 1000

What does the TomTom 1000 offer?

  • Fluid 4.3" touch screen
  • HD Traffic plus live services over-the-air
  • Magnetic in-car holder
  • TomTom Home 3
  • Hands-free calling
  • Voice command
  • Google Local Search
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TomTom Go 1000 Review

We've had our hands on the Go 1000 for a few days now, and opinions here are mixed.

The screen is superb - clear, and generally responsive. The live traffic information is generally pretty accurate, and route recalculation is fast, at least when compared with our old favourite, the TomTom Go 720.

There are a few downsides though. We're looking at the first UK retail version here, and it has a certain "unfinished" feel about the software. For a start, a bunch of features are "coming soon", including speed camera updates, map share, adding voices and backup up to PC. We've also had a couple of crashes (no pun intended.

As with other TomTom sat navs, new versions of operating system are released now and then, and fixes can be installed via a connected computer. Hopefully, we'll see a release soon that starts to add some of the functionality you'd expect from a high-end TomTom product.

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Go 1000 Changes

The other big under-the-hood changes are also worth noting for those familiar with older TomTom products. When connected to a PC, earlier versions of their sat navs act as external drives, meaning that you can browse the contents of the filing system and install MP3 music files, photos, POI databases and voices.

Not so with the Go 1000. Rather than dragging files or using TomTom Home 2, the interface is now web-driven - You install a small file, and all updates are handled using a web browser. Slightly slicker for the novice, but less good for the more advanced user who wants to squeeze extra functionality out of the device.

TomTom's New Web Interface
TomTom's New Web Interface


TomTom Go 1000 Interface

The touchscreen does make interacting with the maps very easy - with scrolling and selection being similar to standard smartphone navigation.

We did find the touchscreen keyboard entry a little more tricky than on older TomTom devices, which is a little disappointing - it felt like the screen was slight off calibration. Opting for speech input overcomes this, and speaking in your target address seems to work pretty well.

TomTom Go Live 1000 Screenshot
The TomTom Go 1000 Services Screen

TomTom Go Live 1000 Screenshot
The TomTom Go 1000 Settings Screen>

TomTom Go 1000 Connectivity

TomTom Live devices have a mobile phone embedded - You can't use this to make and receive voice calls - it's there to get data over-the-air using the mobile phone network (in the UK, that's with Vodafone).

The TomTom does a good job of getting live traffic data, as well as access to Google Local and weather data.

The connector at the bottom has changed - from a standard mini USB socket, to a non-standard TomTom plug. Given that mini USB connectors have been increasing in popularity, this sudden switch to a proprietary connector seems to be a backward step, although the magnetic connector does make plugging in a lot simpler.

TomTom Go Live 1000 Connector
The TomTom Go 1000 Live Connector
TomTom Go Live 1000 Bottom
The TomTom Go 1000 Live Underside

Mounting TomTom 1000 in Car

The TomTom Go 1000 makes use of a new magnetic car mount - and it's pretty good:

TomTom Go Live 1000 Holder
The TomTom Go 1000 In-car holder

TomTom Go 1000 supplied with:

The TomTom Go 1000 comes with a flimsy getting started guide, in-car charger, USB connector lead and the magnetic car mount:

TomTom Go Live 1000 Box Contents
The TomTom Go 1000 Box Contents

TomTom Go 1000 Summary:

Hardware's great. The first release of software has "issues" and some missing features, which is a shame.

We'll reserve judgment until a new version of OS is released, and until features like Map Share Corrections, speed camera updates and backups are supported. Until then, it's hard to recommend.

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TomTom Go 1000 Accessories

TomTom has released two cases for the TomTom Go Live 1000 - a standard case and a slightly more expensive leather case:

TomTom Go 1000 Standard Case

TomTom Go 1000 Standard Case

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TomTom Go 1000 Leather Case

TomTom Go 1000 Luxury Case

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For other TomTom Go accessories, we're happy to recommend Expansys, as they stock a wide range of cases, car mounts, cables, chargers and other stuff at decent prices

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