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TomTom Go Live 825 review

Affordable connected sat nav shows rivals how it should be done

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TomTom is on a roll with the Go Live 825 Europe. Not only has it been able to make the world's best sat navs even easier and more pleasurable to use, but it's done so in an intelligent, engaging way that leaves the competition even further behind.

From simple changes such as the improved integrated screen/ dash mount to the changes it's made to its sat nav operating system, TomTom's sheer class, quality and attention to detail shines through.

We liked:

TomTom's new operating system really shines on the Go Live 825 Europe, carefully balancing ease of use with lots of tweakable features. The whole environment feels slick, polished and a pleasant place to be.

Better yet are a useful range of sat nav features including spoken road names to make navigating junctions easier, as well as clearer signposting at motorway intersections. Double thumbs up.

We disliked:

Not a lot, to be honest. When you're paying for a premium product you expect premium features, and that's pretty much what you get.

The only things that are a little annoying are the insensitivity of the touchscreen – which feels a little kludgy when you compare it to something like the iPhone 4 – and the ongoing costs associated with those Live features. But then if you're going to moan about the cost of these, you've clearly bought the wrong sat nav in the first place.

Verdict:

The TomTom Go Live 825 Europe proves that the world's best sat nav is now even better. The new operating system, improved UI and enhanced navigation options are worth the money alone. Optional Live services such as Traffic HD and Safety Camera updates are the cherry and the icing of an already yummy cake.

Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
TouchscreenYes
Product FamilyGO 800
Navigation InstructionsJunction View, Lane Assist, Speed Assist, Text-to-Speech, Voice Command
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorMountable
Screen Size12.7 cm (5")
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
USBYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card
Height95.4 mm
Width134.3 mm
Depth21.7 mm
Product Series800
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelLIVE 825 Europe
Product NameGO LIVE 825 Europe Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product LineGO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1ER5.002.04
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tomtom.com
Marketing Information

The TomTom GO LIVE 800 series tell you exactly what's up ahead so you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Let HD Traffic guide you through jams and leave traffic behind. Get speed camera warnings, information via Local Search with Google and weather reports. Convenient and smart, it also lets you use your voice for many different tasks, such as entering addresses and making calls hands free.

Package Contents
  • GO LIVE 825 Europe Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB Car Charger
  • Documentation
Display Resolution480 x 272
Weight (Approximate)244 g