TomTom GO LIVE 1535M
A good alternative to Garmin GPS devices are the ones made by TomTom. The company knows how to make good products. Their $249.95 GO LIVE 1535M is the most recent addition to their line. It has both pros and cons to go with it. And we will talk about them in the today’s review.
The GO LIVE 1535M comes in a body that measures 3.1″ x 4.7″ x 1.0″. The color is black. This device has a weight of 6.5 ounces. This model does not sport a magnetic mount. Instead, it comes with an integrated mount. We found it to be easy to use. Once you open the 5″ LCD display, you will get to navigate a very easy to use menu. Because it’s such a nice screen, you will also be offered plenty of feedback from it when you want to find a street and so on. When we tried locating a certain restaurant we fancied, it was hard. Because this GPS product tended to not show categories in a way that made sense.
3D graphics for lanes
The display has a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. This doesn’t necessarily imply the world’s best screen. But the brightness it delivers is good.
The TomTom GO LIVE 1535M delivers a more than average performance. The screen, for one, contributed to that, as it showed us all sorts of info. Like speed, a 3D graphic for lanes to take and other important stuff. Accuracy was present every single time while we were on a trip with our car to test this device. TomTom’s latest GPS unit also keeps the user posted to actual travel times depending on when you are using it. And it does that via its IQ Routes feature.
Since we brushed upon the features part, let us see what other examples we can give. The GO LIVE 1535M has Bluetooth to work with, too. Which is a very useful tool to have. Via it we could employ the device as a hands-free speakerphone. Expedia is a place where we could find data on fuel prices, hotels and other important landmarks. Then there is the Google Local Search. This feature allowed us to look for something and then be offered some results to look up. Another good feature is the HD Traffic one. It really is lovely. But of course it had to come with a con: it is a free tool, but that “free” goes away after 1 year of use.
microUSB-to-DC cable included
To make this GPS device more comfortable to use in a vehicle, TomTom included a standard thickness microUSB-to-DC power cable. The company had another reason for that: this cable is used because the model employs a cellular GSM radio only. This has a con, though. In our tests we heard a GSM noise that came from the speakers in our car. And let us tell you: it sure was annoying. But if you don’t mind that, it’s fine.
Two hours of performance is what you will get from the built-in battery, a low value, compared with other reviewed GPS products.
The TomTom GO LIVE 1535M is the company’s least successful GPS unit. But however better other versions are, this one is still capable of a perfectly good performance. Which, though, should not have asked for such a high price tag. Because if we take that into consideration, there are other models whose prices are lower and still offer more features and a superior quality than what this buddy delivers.