Ease of Learning: 3.5 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 2.5 / 5
Design: 3.5 / 5
Value for Money: 3 / 5
Earlier this year, TomTom GPS users experienced a scare when their trusted navigational companions presented nothing but a grey screen, thanks to the “leap-year bug.” After a quick software upgrade, all that has been left in the past. This issue could have caused major concern for TomTom in terms of potential sales losses, which in the end was not the case at all. The TomTom Go Live 1005 was successfully launched as the upgrade to the Go Live 1000.
The Go Live 1005 has a well-polished finish suitable of its flagship status. Over and above the chassis, the device is fitted with a 5” screen. The unit itself is heavier than most other SAT-NAV devices, which threatened the mounting while on the move. Not only was the mount easy to use and provided adequate rotation, but there wasn’t any issues in regards to it staying connected to the windscreen while driving.
There’s a lot to say about the design, hardware and software of the TomTom Go Live 1005, but the biggest feature lies in its live HD Traffic. According to TomTom, traffic is updated every 2 minutes, and the information trickled to your device. I was fortunate enough to see their live update in action when a report popped up on screen warning me of an accident that had happened up the road. Although, at the time, there wasn’t a suitable alternate route, the HD Traffic will propose a reroute, which is especially helpful when you cannot afford to waste time in standstill traffic.
Another of useful features about TomTom SAT-NAV devices is the ability to reroute and add destinations as you drive. You also have the ability to change routes with tolls, roadworks, cameras, or just for the sake of it. This device also offers weather updates in your location and destination, along with integrated Google Search for optimised POIs.
The Go Live 1005 also features voice control, connection to your phone for receiving and making calls, battery saving functionality, additional languages, and a whole host of other features and settings.
These days, we usually use the words “flagship device” when referring to smartphones. This is a term thrown around quite often with each new iteration of company’s top model device. The Go Live 1005 is TomTom’s flagship device, although the only difference between it and the Go Live 1000 is the screen size. GPS devices today are constantly under threat by pre-installed Maps on smartphones these days. The saving grace for devices such as the Go Live 1005 is that the maps provided are still more reliable when undertaking long journeys. The worrying factor here is the cost. At over R3500, the TomTom Go Live 1005 isn’t cheap. With all the features included, trusted navigation, ease of use, and 5” screen, the price is justified a little.