Our Site Go Live 1000 in Test

The new navigatorerna in the Our site Go series provide Live services and HD Traffic even in Sweden

Last year’s top model from Our site-Go 950T – was a stable and proper functioning of the device, but the targeted hardly to the buyers who are looking for features and the latest technology. At least not in Sweden. Our site has unfortunately had a tendency to skip over the Swedish market to introduce new services and features, but the new Go series is a welcome departure from the strategy. Go Live 1000 has a built-in SIM card and works with all services from the start. SIM card works in a large number of countries and the data transfer is included in the subscription to Live services. The first year is free, but then the price is about $500 per year. Usual TMC provides free traffic information for all major roads in Sweden, but with Internet access receive Navigator two-way communication and it is possible, for example, to search on Google and download safety cameras and local weather forecasts.

Go Live 1000 is a little flatter than its predecessors, but it’s still a pretty big and heavy stuff compared to other 4.3 inch drives as HTC Desire HD or Garmin 3790T. Quality feel is good and apart from the screen surface consists of approximately equal parts of black plastic and brushed metal Bracket looks at first glance to be a passive version of the cradle that came with your Go 950T, but fortunately it is not the case. Go Live 1000 is actually one of the smartest racks I’ve seen. At the bottom of the bracket there is space to click fixed cord into the 12-volt accessory power outlet. Cord is therefore not cast into the holder, but to take away – and thereby function as good when it’s time to connect the navigation device to your computer to download map updates. Both holder and cable is magnetic — much like the power cord on a Mac notebook. The magnets will guide the device to the correct position in the holder and connect the power cord at the same time. A truly successful design. The Navigator sits firmly in place, but is also easy to remove – no special operation is required.

The screen has been updated to capacitive technology, but size and resolution remains at the same level as in entry-level models. Garmin has chosen a sharper screen for its top models, but if Navigator is mounted in the car, the distance to the eye such that the extra pixels doesn’t make any practical difference. The new touch screen technology also means that the interface reacts faster, but does not work at all with the gloves on. It is possible to zoom with multitouch in map scrolling mode, but the overall impression is that Our site only changed hardware without thinking so much on how the interface can take advantage of the new technology.

Menu system appearance, however, has been given a hefty update. The main menu now consists only of a page, and it’s much easier to get an overview and find different features. Our site is still very wary of building animations, 3D and other Visual effects in the user interface. It pays for itself in the form of stability and quick response, but competitors can deliver a much better looking map view.

The information is clear when you are on the road. The old text boxes in blue and white is replaced by translucent panels, but it works in exactly the same way as before. In the middle of the information line is a symbol of the next manoeuvre and press the repeat the spoken instruction and open the volume slider. You drive on multi-lane roads displays the information bar rather than the lane that leads to the right place. Our site has invested in new voices and the instructions are clear and well-timed. With the Go Live 1000 model, the shortage remains that there is no speech synthesis can read aloud street names in Swedish – to get the feature you have to buy the larger 1005-version. The Navigator says, for example, only “About 200 meters turn left” instead of “About 200 meters turn left into the main street”.

Route calculation is very quick and obviously loaded with IQ Routes technology that chooses the right path by using Our site’s statistics on how fast the traffic usually float on different routes on different days of the week and times of day. Our site screen keyboard has letters in real qwerty order, but unfortunately not the shaded letters that do not apply to the names in the database. One new feature that comes with the connection is to a nyinmatad route is presented with traffic information, weather and an updated list of speed cameras for the entire journey, even for travel at hundreds of kilometers.

With TMC can only see traffic events for that zone where you are currently located. HD Traffic combines information from multiple sources and to give a better picture of the traffic situation than usual TMC. For the Swedish roads, the difference is not so great – the extra information consists of data that Our site will collect from other users with connected devices – but in other countries there are partnerships with mobile operators that provide very fast and detailed information on where to find queues and traffic problems.

Our site Go Live 1000 is a well built and easy to use navigator, but like its competitors, it feels like just a fraction of the potential of the online services can be used. Navigator producers need to establish partnerships with local content providers if the information should be as sharp as in the best mobile apps.

Performance

Our site prioritise performance ahead of graphical features. The menu system is reformed since the previous generation, but it is still very clean and fast. Multitouch zoom does unfortunately not as supple as a good Smartphone.

 

Battery time

Manufacturer: 2 hours

Comment: Battery performance is normal for this type of device.

Questions and answers.

How is Mount?

Once again a boost compared to last Go generation. Suction plug is much stronger and the magnetic holder collects all electrical connections.

Traffic information is retrieved from the cellular network or via TMC?

Via the mobile network. A year’s subscription to the services included – then it costs approximately $500 per year.

How is the screen?

Resolution and size does not differ from previous models, but the touch screen now uses a capacitive rather than resistive technology and have a faster response.

Options

Garmin 3790T is thinner and has a sharper screen, but using the standard TMC instead of live. NAVIGON 40 Premium Live lacks active mount, but is no less than $100 cheaper and combines the TMC and connection on the same device.