TomTom Go Live 820

The entry level model in the Go Live range, the 820 has a 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen and a one year subscription to TomTom's proprietary HD Traffic service, as well as junction view, Bluetooth hands-free and camera warnings.


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In brief

TomTom has released a new range of high-end Go GPS units. Now branded Go Live, all four models in the range feature a one-year subscription to TomTom's HD Traffic service.

This differs from the Suna TMC system that's used in various Garmin and Navman sat navs. The Suna system piggybacks data onto an existing FM radio signal, updates every 15 minutes or so, and is limited primarily to mainland capital cities. As we saw when we visited Suna's traffic centre, data comes from a number of sources, including state road agencies, road sensors and probe vehicles.

TomTom's HD traffic service uses similar sources, but updates every two minutes and the data is delivered via a built-in SIM card that allows the system to continue functioning even outside major population centres. This, according to TomTom, allows the service to provide warnings for congestion in smaller towns and on rural highways, as well as warn drivers about any road closures.

There are four models in the Go Live range. The entry-level Go Live 820 features 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen, lane guidance, junction view, text-to-speech, voice commands and Bluetooth hands-free. A 5-inch display is the only improvement on the Go Live 825.

Upgrade to the Go Live 2050 and you'll be rewarded with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and a power cable with a magnetic head. The range-topping Go Live 2050 World includes maps for 49 countries around the world, including much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Outlook

The Go Live 820 bears an RRP of AU$299, the 825 a sticker price of AU$349 and the 2050 is AU$399. The TomTom Go Live 2050 World will set you back AU$499.



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"unreliable"

david_s posted a review   
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The Good:good maps and directions

The Bad:cannot find gps most of the time, makes it useless

Unreliable. More often than not, cannot find gps signal. It's a treat if it works and it works well...but its hit and miss. Makes the unit useless most of the time. I returned it after 6 months of frustration.
Cannot be backed up to computer.
Cannot find my phone on bluetooth.

 

melissiafoods posted a comment   
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i purchased my go live 800, 6 months ago and so far it has been really helpfull. It came with 12 bonus maps over the next three years which meant one every quater year..no fus. i'm now thinking of buying international maps for european travel online via their web site straight into my device.. how easy is that. Can cnet run a review of the Tom Tom go live 800 series,. sure to be interesting.

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"Not that impressed"

SuzanneL1 posted a review   

The Good:The size of the screen

The Bad:Can't be backed-up

Recently purchased this TomTom as my previous model was getting a bit old. Not too happy to discover that at this present time it can't be backed-up (spoke to TomTom support yesterday) and apparently I can't transfer my 'funny' voices from my old device - if I want different voices, I have to purchase them again!




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User Reviews / Comments  TomTom Go Live 820

  • david_s

    david_s

    Rating1

    "Unreliable. More often than not, cannot find gps signal. It's a treat if it works and it works well...but its hit and miss. Makes the unit useless most of the time. I returned it after 6 months of ..."

  • melissiafoods

    melissiafoods

    "i purchased my go live 800, 6 months ago and so far it has been really helpfull. It came with 12 bonus maps over the next three years which meant one every quater year..no fus. i'm now thinking of ..."

  • SuzanneL1

    SuzanneL1

    Rating5

    "Recently purchased this TomTom as my previous model was getting a bit old. Not too happy to discover that at this present time it can't be backed-up (spoke to TomTom support yesterday) and apparent..."

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