We got the chance to take the Go LIVE 820 model (AU$299.00 RRP) out onto the road. This particular device has a 4.3” nicely responsive screen, integrated mount – which we like and stylish textured bevel with understated chrome surround.
The 820 maintains the typical Tom Tom interface – with a slight tweak mentioned later, 2GB of flash memory, a yet unused SD Card slot and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. Safety camera alerts and Google based Local Search to find a variety of services nearby are also part of the standard offering.
But the real standout feature of this unit is the 3G SIM connectivity LIVE systems. It is comparable to devices compatible to the SUNA traffic channel which distributes information via FM transmission, covering 75 per cent of the continent
In practice, this system works a treat. By default the display will show a vertical progress bar on the right of the screen. Any incidents on the route ahead will be highlighted relative to how far away they may be. There will also be a threat indicator showing just how much the expected delay will be if you continue on your current course.
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Simply tapping on the incident icon will either show that you are still on the fastest route, despite the expected delay, or give alternatives to avoid the congestion ahead. Typically this works well, however it can be a trap for young players as a detour may well be simply around the block to avoid ten metres of delayed route ahead that may not have been that bad after all. It’s your call, and pretty obvious when to take the advice or not.
The 820 will also receive local five day weather forecasts to help with planning on the go.
The GO LIVE 820 still comes recommended. The years’ worth of LIVE Tom Tom HD Traffic (it will cost you AU$70 for the next year) is a very nice feature if you spend much of your driving time battling traffic. Tom Tom also remains one of the slickest and informative interface systems on the market.