Conclusion: The TomTom GO LIVE 1535M is a solid choice for anyone who prefers standalone GPS devices to cell phone apps, but still wants some Internet connectivity, and more accurate traffic reporting than those apps can offer.
Pros: Accurate routing. Informative display. Internet-based services are a nice extra. HD traffic reporting is a standout.
Cons: HD Traffic and Internet services cost $60 per year to renew. Occasional GSM buzz over car stereo speakers. Clumsy POI search.
Excerpt: The TomTom GO LIVE 1535 M is the company’s new mid-range navigator featuring LIVE (Internet connected) services, such as HD traffic, fuel prices, weather, and Google local search. And it’s their first device with travel apps – Twitter, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Expedia. The GO LIVE 1535M has a 5” screen and comes with preloaded maps of the US, Canada and Mexico. It also includes lifetime map updates, Bluetooth for hands free calling and voice command.
Excerpt: The TomTom GO LIVE 135 M portable GPS unit looks and feels a notch above my old GPS, which means I was eager to try it out. Plus, it offers access to real-time traffic information, and some travel-related apps that should enhance the user experience.