Excerpt: We recently got hold of TomTom’s latest flag ship device the TomTom Go Live 1000. Whilst it retains a sense of familiarity with the previous Go range, TomTom have injected a series of cosmetic and technological changes that make it stand out from the competition.
Conclusion: TomTom have based the new Go 1000 on a WebKit platform and tell us that it has been optimised for third-party expansion. At this point in time, there is little evidence of this sort of expansion, and you have to question whether you want apps in the satnav device. Perhaps a McDonald's finder with special offers might appeal, or an English Heritage site finder and so on, over and above what the POIs offer you.
Pros: Nicely redesigned interface, easy to navigate, some customisation options, Bluetooth, Google Local Search, HD Traffic, magnetic mount
Cons: Bluetooth phone memory function didn't import all contacts, price, some occasional lags in navigation (might get fixed prior to release)
Summary: Pared down and powered up, TomTom's latest Go Live 1000 shuns the often frivolous features of other sat-navs and concentrates on navigation essentials. If you want eye-catching extras try the Navigon's 8450 Live and its City View 3D feature. Or if it's a dashboard adornment with designer style, go no further than Garmin's nuvi 3970T .