TomTom Go Live 1535M GPS Review

Posted: November 2, 2011
TomTom Go Live 1535M GPS Review

The TomTom Go Live 1535M makes sitting in traffic fun with its 5" touch screen, hands-free calling, the IQ Routes for the fastest navigation and all more. Kevin Pereira and Felicia Day take a look at the $250 GPS device.

What You Need To Know

  • The TomTom Go Live 1535M is the newest member of the TomTom family.
  • The 5" touch screen is a great size.
  • The bezel is textured, which feels night in the hands (though hopefully you won't be feeling up your GPS while driving).
  • The screen is bright and the contrast is better than a lot of GPS units we've seen.
  • The speaker is loud which comes in handy.
  • You can sync the 1535m with your phone via Bluetooth and use it to talk hands free.
  • You can also call points of interest right from the menu.
  • The interface was a little cumbersome: we found that the voice recognition wasn't great and we had to repeat addresses multiple times.
  • The menu screens are nicely laid out.
  • The touch screen wasn't totally great, and having to hit it more than once was not uncommon.
  • The Go Live 1535m connects to TomTom's live services and includes access to apps like Yelp, Twitter and Trip Advisor.
  • Some apps were more useful than others.
  • Rather than using your actual location, the TomTom checks you in at vague addresses.
  • Trip Advisor also lists everything in order based on both on proximity and rating, including user generated reviews.
  • We found this app to be far more helpful than the TomTom POI search.
  • Another great feature is the gas price list.
  • Just select your grade of gas and it will immediately tell you what the prices are around and on you're route.
  • The traffic feature was pretty gate: the traffic information was updated every two minutes.
  • It'll also tell you how far away the traffic is, how long the delay will be and an alternate route.
  • All of these services are free for the first year but will cost $60 per year after that.
  • There's also a limited edition Top Gear version of the 1535m that comes with a Top Gear branded start up/shut down screens, and Jeremy Clarkson's voice to guide you (which all costs an extra $20).


  • $245 on Amazon


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