TomTom GO Live 1000 review

Is TomTom's new high-end sat nav good enough to lead the line?

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  • Great LIVE services
  • Great touchscreen
  • Decent value


  • Sticky menu system
  • Bulky unit

The sat nav market is becoming a very crowded place, and the quality of hardware has rocketed in the last year.

Gone are the poor quality boxes with screens like Casio calculators. The market is now awash with internet-connected iPhone-like creatures, with decent processing and a host of options.

The TomTom GO LIVE 1000 is the newest entry into the TomTom range, and sits at the top of its hierarchy of sat navs, trumped only by its larger brother, the TomTom GO LIVE 1050. However, it stands in direct competition with the excellent Garmin Nuvi 3790T and the 3760T for the sat-nav crown.

Like the Nuvi 3790T, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000 is a sleek, solid-feeling device, and the difference between earlier models is clear from the offset.

tomtom go live 1000

The sluggish resistive touch is gone, and TomTom has given the GO LIVE 1000 a solid capacitive screen. It feels like an iPhone, and it's more responsive to the finger than the TomTomGO 950 and easier on the eye as well.

While TomTom has led the march on sat nav technology for much of the last three years, in the GO LIVE 1000 has fallen behind somewhat. The 4.3-inch screen has a resolution of 480 x 272 and looks bright and vibrant, but is trumped by the impressive Nuvi 3790T's 800 x 480 offering.

tomtom go live 1000

What's more, at 218g, it weighs nearly twice as much, making it significantly more cumbersome to carry around.

TomTom has improved its bracket for attaching to your windscreen, and made it smaller, lighter and easier to use.

tomtom go live 1000

It has the ability to fold away neatly, and has a magnetic attachment to hold the unit in place, which makes it easy to whip it out one-handed and replace without fiddling. The suction unit uses the same twist principle as older models, but it's now smaller and easier to apply.


Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product FamilyGO
Navigation InstructionsJunction View, Lane Assist, Text-to-Speech, Voice Command, Speed Assist
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Graphic ModeWQVGA
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
Height80 mm
Width1270 mm
Depth19 mm
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelLIVE 1000
Product NameGO LIVE 1000 Europe Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product LineGO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1CS0.013.00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

At the Heart of the Journey

TomTom is the world's leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing the world's best navigation experience. Our products include portable navigation devices, smartphone apps, GPS sports watches, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services, including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

Package Contents
  • GO LIVE 1000 Europe Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
  • Easy Click Mount
  • USB Car Charger
  • Home Charging Cable
  • Installation Poster
Display Resolution480 x 272
Weight (Approximate)220 g