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Tom Tom has released a new range of GPS satellite navigation units (including a Top Gear edition model) all incorporating a 3G SIM card to aid in harvesting up to date traffic condition information.

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

Known as Tom Tom HD Traffic the system promises more accurate reporting of actual traffic jams to help you avoid delays, more road coverage by recognizing traffic conditions on secondary roads to re-route you clear of traffic more often and much more frequent updates, every 2 minutes in fact to ensure less frustration and earlier destination arrival.
TomTom Go LIve 820
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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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.