TomTom Go Live 1535 M searches the Web, tweets your trip (review)

The TomTom Go Live 1535M's is a solidly performing GPS device and its app integration for search is a nice first, but that's hardly this PND's strongest feature.

TomTom Go Live 1535M
Through its Live data service, the TomTom Go Live 1535M connects the user to Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Expedia. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Testing GPS devices can be a grind--a dull, boring grind. So when a device comes along promising to revolutionize portable navigation devices, I tend to perk up and take notice. The TomTom Go Live 1535M is one of those attention-getters.

When this portable navigation device (PND) was announced a few weeks ago , I was intrigued by its integration of travel apps that enable the user to tap into Yelp, Trip Advisor, Expedia, and Google Local Search services for up-to-date point-of-interest data and reviews via the same Live data service that beams in its HD Traffic data. I was even more intrigued by the 1535M's ability to tweet a users' location, destination, and estimated time of arrival.

TomTom 1535M example tweet
Twitter integration allow the user to send ETA and destination updates without touching a button. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Going into the testing process, I'll admit that I was more excited about the search apps than tweeting. However, by the end of my time with the Go Live 1535M, that pre-assessment had been turned on its head thanks to a clunky connected search interface and streamlined Twitter integration that is totally automated and all but invisible once the trip is underway.

Check out the full review of the TomTom Go Live 1535M to find out if this connected navigator is worthy of your attention.

 

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