It may be thinner (19mm versus 21.7mm) than its cheaper resistive touchscreen brother, Go Live 825, but the Go Live 2050 looks and feels chunkier. The blame here falls squarely on the shoulders of the 2050's rounded bar-of-soap body. To liven up proceedings there's a bit of body jewellery in the form of a slab of a brushed metal appliqué on the rear. A narrow translucent power button sits along the top left-hand edge of the 2050 and glows orange or green, depending on the state of the battery, but it often takes a few attempts for the power button to register the intent of your prodding.
Unlike most other TomTom devices, the Go Live 2050 doesn't have a windshield suction cup that's built into the body of the device. Rather, the cup is part of the in-car charging cradle and features a set of magnets that not only hold the Go Live 2050 firmly in place, but also allows the unit to be snapped in and out. As a piece of design, it's pretty nifty and should please those who prefer to tap in a destination while having the device in their lap.
As compensation for the seemingly chubbier body, there's a glossy capacitive touchscreen that's multi-touch capable, although support for multi-touch gestures is limited to the menu system and the map overview screen. Unfortunately, the upgrade in screen technology is not accompanied by a bump in resolution — the Go Live 2050 features the same 480x272 resolution and jagged fonts seen on entry-level 4.3-inch units.
The glossy screen improves the unit's apparent brightness and contrast, but increases the amount of fiddling required, as sunrises, sunsets, light coloured interiors and sunroofs all cause annoying and distracting reflections. Compared with pedestrian TomTom units, which feature a built-in suction cup, the swivel mount on the Go Live 2050 is significantly stiffer, and unless you grasp both device and mount, there's a fair chance of detaching one from the other.
There are two versions of the Go Live 2050 on sale, locally: a AU$399 version loaded with Whereis' map of Australia, and a AU$499 World edition that comes with complete map coverage for 35 nations, including Australia, New Zealand, western Europe, the United States and Canada. There's also partial coverage for seven countries, including Russia and Turkey, and connecting roads for a further seven countries in eastern Europe. If you're a regular traveller to and driver in the covered countries, the "world" version represents excellent value as overseas GPS maps will often set you back around AU$100, per country.