Review: TomTom GO LIVE 820

Our score: 3/5
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Published: June 22, 2011 11:00 PM
By Fabien Pionneau
Translated by: Jack Sims
The TomTom GO LIVE 820 is identical to the TomTom GO LIVE 825 that we have tested, with just one difference. It has a smaller screen. It measures 4.3 inches against 5 inches on the GO LIVE 825. This is obviously a little less comfortable and this means we've given the GO LIVE 820 a four rather than a five star rating for hardware.

Hardware and finish: a nice finish

Features: a modern, well-designed interface

Navigation: the best traffic info system

Extra features: speed cameras and Bluetooth handsfree

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> Full test of the TomTom GO LIVE 825

3/5 TomTom GO LIVE 820 DigitalVersus 2011-06-23 00:00:00


  • LIVE services for those who do a lot of driving: traffic info and speed cameras
  • Good overall responsiveness
  • Interface is clear and easy to use
  • Superb finish
  • Compact, built-in mount


  • Unreliable voice recognition
  • Just one stage possible in journey planning
  • A few map errors (common to all models with TeleAtlas maps)


No surprises, the TomTom GO LIVE 820 is just as good as the VIA LIVE 120 that it replaces. Well designed, well finished and affordable, it has a nice display and is simple to use. The LIVE services are a major added value on this model, particularly the very effective traffic info.