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Monday, 09 May 2011 04:51

Review: TomTom GO 1000

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TomTom's latest GO navigation device is a responsive and easy to use GPS which, although missing a few features, is well suited to those travelling in suburban and inner city areas.

Running TomTom's trademark software the GPS unit is easy to setup and comes with an all-new magnetic dock, which snaps into the GO 1000 when in use in your car. Removing the device is just as easy. You don't even need to connect the GO 1000 to your computer to get started - it comes charged, and you can hit the road as soon as it's in your hands.

Design wise and the GO 1000 feels good in your hand and looks sleek and modern. It's got a metal backing but is surrounded by black plastic, however is notably thinner than the GO 750, with more of a flatter backing rather than the 750'²s rather large curve. That's another benefit in itself '” the GO 1000 will sit nicely on flatter surfaces than its predecessors.

The bright, capacitative touch screen makes the GO 1000 easy to see in most situations, but when placed in direct sunlight glare off the screen can make it challenging to view the display. Fingerprints are a problem on the screen '” but with voice control options you can attempt to setup your route by simply speaking if you wish.

In terms of entering an address, it couldn't get much easier. Simply hit the search button found in the top-left hand side of the screen, then choose from a number of options including town, address, point of interest or point on map, and you're away. Speed limits will show (although in our testing these worked a lot better and were more accurate within city districts '” in the country they were quickly giving us wrong speeds) and you can choose a number of different ways to view the map, with capabilities available including pinch-to-zoom and dragging to view different points of interest.


The GO 1000 also boasts in-built Bluetooth capabilities, which allow for hands-free calling and answering. While some complained our calls were a little quite, we could hear those on the other end of the line perfectly fine. It's not the most ideal solution, but it's handy nevertheless.

Of course there's a number of caveats to the device though. For starters, for some bizarre reason TomTom left out their speed camera locations tool. Sure it can and hopefully will be added in a forthcoming update, but why not ship the unit with the feature? There's also no status bar on the GO 1000, meaning you can't easily view the time or battery status (although battery status does show on the left-hand side of the device).

The highly anticipated voice control feature doesn't work overly well either, although this is more a problem with the current state of voice recognition software than TomTom '” what voice control feature works perfectly?

The final word about the GO 1000? It's certainly a GPS to be considered '” but it wouldn't be our first pick. With it's lack of speed camera support at this stage (you need to visit TomTom's website for more information about it) and the lack of a status bar it's not as feature packed as some other navigation units available in the same price range. Still, it's a nifty little device with a modern and sleek style that's guaranteed to get the basic job done of assisting you navigate around town '” but don't trust the speed recommendations in outback Australia. Good for city residents '” country folks, look elsewhere.


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