TomTom Go Live, $250-300
Navigation systems of yore were unaccommodating and fickle. You were cooked if the freeway was crawling with traffic, and any deviation would result in a repeated “Recalculating” notices, complete with an inflection of disappointment and pity.
Those days have been over for a while, and navigation systems have been steadily improving since, most surpassing the pre-installed units on modern cars. The TomTom Go Live series is linked to everything from Google searches to Twitter to Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews. It updates its traffic readings every two minutes to ensure there’s no blockades looming. On top of that, it features about two dozen voice commands to find the nearest ATM or calculate an alternate route.
If there’s a downside to this glut of features, it’s that the screen becomes cluttered with superfluous info unless you adjust the settings to your liking.
get-gadget Slim and minimalist casing keeps the dash uncluttered. Tweeting your precise ETA saves phone calls to anxious hosts.
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