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).