TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE review


Another car GPS from TomTom

GO 2535 M LIVE is one of TomTom’s powerful high-end portable navigation devices. Some may say it’s not as good as gadgets offered by Garmin, but we beg to differ in this test and review.
Let’s see some of the specifications the latest TomTom GPS has to offer: 3.5″ x 5.6″ x 0.7″, 261 g, 5-inch touchscreen, 480 x 272 pixel resolution, 3D view, batteries, Bluetooth receiver, SD/MMC flash memory, speakers included, adapter, battery, USB cable, CLA socket, LTM voucher, user guide and adhesive disk.

The default TomTom technologies

TomTom-GO-2535-M-LIVEWhen talking about features, this GO 2535 M LIVE GPS sports TomTom HD traffic, voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free calling, advanced lane guidance, spoken turn-by-turn directions (includes street names), Help Me! emergency menu, click & lock magnetic mount (against theft), Premium maps (of the US, Canada & Mexico), TomTom Map Share On-Demand Updates, 7 Million Points of Interest, IQ Routes, 30-Day Latest Map Guarantee, TomTom live services and TomTom Home Content Manager.

Good dimensions

This GPS product is slim, sleek and comfortable. It displays sharp graphics and the user menus are intuitive. The touchscreen is made of glass and black plastic that are resistant to scratches; moreover, it is very easy to use: we encountered no problem when alternating between various screens or using the pinch-to-zoom option, because this screen responded very well. The resolution is far better than that on other GPS devices. There was one thing we found weird when using the touchscreen: whenever we searched a point of interest by location, the gadget didn’t tell us the route we had to take in order to reach our destination. Fonts and icons are far improved from previous TomTom models and you can customize the touchscreen.

Advanced lane guidance

The advanced lane guidance feature will give you the exact road you have to take if you want to get somewhere and there are difficult to understand intersections or junctions in your way. If you want the fastest route possible to your destination, then the IQ routes features is of big help. The voice recognition option helps you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes ahead; you simply say your destination details and the device will then tell you, in a very clear voice, how to get where you want.

HD traffic info

The TomTom HD traffic feature provides great road coverage and works great in test; it also delivers updates every 2 minutes. TomTom live services kept us connected to the former option; moreover, it gave us weather forecast and found out information about fuel prices.
TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE comes with 7 million points of interest; they span over 60 categories that include hospitals, gas and police stations and many more. With the Help Me! Emergency menu we had access to emergency providers. This product also offers map share on demand updates; this feature enables you to update maps and download updates made by other drivers.

Some problems

Personalizing the device can be done via the Home content manager; this means that you can download new points of interest, subscribe to advanced TomTom services and so on.
Another problem we encountered when we tested the new TomTom 2535 M: the device would occasionally freeze and then reboot out of the blue. The live connectivity didn’t work that well; to counterbalance that, there were no ads for data connectivity.

Review conclusions

And so our test and review of the TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE ends here. All in all, this portable navigation system might be the best one TomTom has to offer.

Technical specifications

Type Bluetooth Receiver, Automobile, Mobile Phone, Portable
Turn-by-turn Yes
3D View Yes
Display Type Touch
Dimensions 3.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
Hard Drive No
Flash Memory Type SD/MMC
Preloaded maps Yes
Waterproof No
Speakers Included Yes
Power Adapter, Battery
Supports MP3 No
Multi Segment Routing Yes