TomTom for iPhone

TomTom for iPhone

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
Not available
File Size:
1.13GB
Date Added:
August 19, 2009
Price:
Purchase; $24.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
54,695
Downloads Last Week:
4
Product ranking:
#1 in Maps
Additional Requirements:
Requires iPhone OS 3.0

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

TomTom U.S. & Canada is the third full-feature turn-by-turn flat-fee navigation app with built-in map in the App Store that covers the entire U.S. and Canada.

Like the first two apps, Navigon and iGo My Way, the TomTom app will turn your iPhone 3G or 3GS into a decently dependable driving navigator. However, like the other two, it's far from perfect.

The TomTom app takes about 6 seconds to load on my iPhone 3GS, which is very fast (the other two apps take about 15 seconds), and displays a very easy-to-use interface with big buttons. It also offers a quick and convenient way to enter an address or to find a point of interest (POI) from its very large database of POIs.

After almost a week of use, I found that both the map and POI database are slightly outdated. It once couldn't find an address and twice showed me POIs that were no longer in business. During this recession, however, it's not exactly the app that's to blame.

Good news is, like the Navigon after itsfirst update, you can tab on a POI to dial it up, and I would highly recommend doing this before you decide to go there, just to make sure that it's still in business.

Similar to the Navigon, the TomTom can also pull addresses from the phone's contacts, which is a very convenient feature. However, while the Navigon is very good at reading contacts' addresses, the TomTom is very picky. It seems to only understand addresses that have a ZIP code. Take the ZIP code out and it will ask you to enter the address manually. This means more than 60 percent or so of the addresses in my contacts won't work. This is sort of strange as the app won't require a ZIP code when you type in addresses manually.

The TomTom takes very little time (a few seconds) to pick up a GPS signal on my iPhone 3GS and its navigation is accurate enough. Once in awhile it would probably lead you to a location that's slightly off from the actual address but that happens with every GPS navigator I've used.

Of the three apps, the TomTom has the largest selection of voices, including many languages from English to Danish, Thai, and Chinese. With English alone, you'll find 11 different accents, both male and female. Still, like the other two apps, it doesn't have text-to-speech where it can read you the name of the street that you're supposed to turn into.

The TomTom's map view, unfortunately, is not as good looking as that of the Navigon or the iGo My Way. The streets and freeways are rendered into a somewhat messy mixture of moving colors and lines, making it a bit confusing to look at.

The TomTom shares my biggest disappointment with the other two apps: no real-time traffic update. If anything, that makes the iPhone different as a mobile GPS navigator from other GPS navigators is the fact it is an Internet-enabled phone that already have real-time traffic builti-in with the Google Map. I just don't see why this feature is not included.

Overall, though not perfect, the $100 TomTom GPS app, like the $80 Navigon (which will also cost $100 starting August 31) makes a great addition to your iPhone 3G(S), especially if you travel frequently. Next month, TomTom will release its car kit for the iPhone app that charges the phone and adds hands-free calling.

Depending on how much the car kit will cost, it might be the game changer for TomTom. Check back soon as we'll let you know if the kit will make the TomTom a clearly better choice than the Navigon.

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  • 1 stars

    "It does not work, waste of money"

    May 17, 2011   |   By eogi

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    There is nothing worthwile. Because it does not pick up signal 90% of the time.

    Cons

    The device states "weak GPS signal" most of the time, and I tried with 2 different hardwares. Both US and Italy's version are equally bad.
    When it works, it picks up wrong locations ( adjacent locations).

    Summary

    DO NOT BUY!

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  • 4 stars

    "Great app!"

    September 18, 2010   |   By thearborist354

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Been using Navigator 6 on Palm for years, and this is even better. Great prefs allow versatile set up and control. Accurate, faster than ever. Turn by turn voice directions with road names, clear maps.

    Cons

    Not much I don?t like. As expected, a strong and stable product.

    Summary

    I?ve used several dedicated GPS devices, and this is still the best in my book. I prefer having things all in one place, and this iPhone app fits my style. Advanced planning and map browsing makes it easy to set the routes for tomorrow?s trip.

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