TomTom Go Live 820

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/ Updated: 9 August 2011, 5:55 pm AEST

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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TomTom Go Live 820

Part Number: CNETTomTom Go Live 820

Typical Price: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.