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  • TomTom Turn by Turn GPS - $100 in AppStore Now


    TomTom iPhone navigation software has been rumored for over a year, and kept appearing in the media... and it's finally here.

    Priced at a wallet-crunching $99.99, TomTom U.S. and Canada is just as good as the TomTom products - with a few big usability features that shine, mostly benefits of the iPhone OS itself. Pinch and zoom on the map works as expected, as well as plugging in an address from your recent searches or anyone in your contacts. Of course it also works in both landscape and portrait mode.

    I haven't tried out the IQ Routes TomTom touts as "award-winning technology," but the premise is it calculates the smartest, most efficient route - not just the shortest - based on the actual driving experience of millions of TomTom users.



    The app currently has maps for the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. The developer name they are using is TomTom International BV, which makes you think they'll be adding new countries soon... and at over 1.2 GB for this one, I'm betting they'll be separate apps. Hope you don't travel too much.

    A car mount is listed from TomTom, although there's no word on pricing or availability yet... which is strange since they link to that page from their AppStore listing.

    TomTom (iTunes Link)

    [thanks to JazJon and all who sent this one in]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TomTom Turn by Turn GPS - $100 in AppStore Now started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 198 Comments
    1. awaisuk's Avatar
      awaisuk -
      If i have an iphone with no SIM, no wifi, no data connection, will this still work perfectly? Also do i need iphone 3gs or 3g?
    1. shadowck5000's Avatar
      shadowck5000 -
      lol $100!
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by awaisuk View Post
      If i have an iphone with no SIM, no wifi, no data connection, will this still work perfectly? Also do i need iphone 3gs or 3g?
      This was just answered a few posts back if you look.
    1. awaisuk's Avatar
      awaisuk -
      All the maps are stored on your phone. No data connection needed, just GPS.
      When you say "Just GPS" do you mean GPS inside of iphone or do i have to buy a seperate something?

      Is that GPS built in? 3g? 3gs?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      No data plan needed
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      StealthBravo,

      Does your (US??) version of Navigon contains road speed limit for almost all the road, and gives audio warning for overspeeding? Does it have red light and speed camera warning? Is it possible to warn when approaching selected POI?

      The Australian version of Navigon can do none of the above, making it really useless in 99.9% of the time when I use it (which is purely for speed monitoring only, not for direction). I suspect this rubbish quality only happens to the Australian version. I'm personally puzzled by why anyone would think highly of this product.
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by awaisuk View Post
      When you say "Just GPS" do you mean GPS inside of iphone or do i have to buy a seperate something?

      Is that GPS built in? 3g? 3gs?
      I meant built in GPS, in other words 3G or 3GS iphone. Wouldnt work on a 2G (and alot of people have asked, only reason I specified).
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i couldve deffinately used this on my trip to puerto rico.
      price is extremely high tho wtf were they thinking??
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      I know this has probably been asked but what happens if you get a call while using this app?
    1. sn0ws's Avatar
      sn0ws -
      I just got the tomtom app. I like it alot works great for me. even routes that I take everyday i have found some ways to make it a shorter trip by a few min. and that makes it worth it for me. price is too high to buy so it is going to cause alot of people to pirate but to each his own. def. a great app though. hope the charger/gps/holder is out soon I know I"m going to invest in one.
      I use it on my motorcycle while it's in my backpack or mounted to my gas tank and it's really fun to just cruise with. if you have the money or whatever I would get it.
    1. InspectorGadget171175's Avatar
      InspectorGadget171175 -
      There's a lot of people here saying TomTom is the best, it doesn't lose GPS signal and just rules.
      Well, that's just b****cks. How can you make such a bold statement after only using it once or twice on a quick trip, and do not own the others to compare to. You need to read the reviews on the AppStore from those who have actually used these Navigation Apps on long trips and for longer than one day.

      Fact: All of them lose the GPS signal at some point. This is inevitable as the GPS chip in the iPhone is just not good enough. TomTom wouldn't be promoting a separate mount with a built-in GPS if the iPhone's GPS chip was up to the job.

      Just because it hasn't happened on your quick 20 min trip, doesn't mean it won't happen. Wait until it's a cloudy day and you're in the middle of a city, have no idea where you are, and are fully dependent on this App to guide you. That's the real test.

      Here's what I've experienced personally:

      I bought Navigon after waiting so long for any kind of Sat Nav app on the iPhone (since the 3G was released with it's GPS). I didn't want xGPS or Google Maps or any that downloaded map info via 3G/GPRS/Edge. I wanted Maps installed via the App.

      Navigon was the first available in the UK that appealed to me, and in haste I bought it at their promotional price. I was also regretting not paying a small fee of just 15 for the full Europe version, as I travel a lot, but after using it, I was pleased I didn't. I'd never used a Navigon device before so the UI etc was all new to me. It worked ok, gets you where you need to go, albeit via some strange routes. After a phone call it takes a long time to reload but that lack of 7 digit post code really really lets it down. You can't read the street names due to the font colours, and it's just a little basic. An update came along which added Safety Cameras and street names on the 3D map, but the extra options just made the Settings screen overcrowded.

      Then CoPilot came along. 25. Wow! Bargain! Or 60 for full Europe. I used CoPilot with my 02 Orbit after moving from TomTom on Windows Mobile Smartphones, and it was a change, but CoPilot has some very nice features. Live services, where you check Weather, track your position for family/friends to view via the ALK website,and coming soon Traffic (no news on pricing). Very neat and something none of the others offer. The UI is great, easy to use, and very quick. Street names very clear, although truncated until you're closer to them, and the map is very clear. Route calculation appears to be quick too, and after a phone call, reloads very quick, much faster than Navigon.
      So far so good?
      No. After using it for a day, it's just not good enough for a Sat Nav. The routes are very strange, an obvious right turn, but CoPilot makes you drive past it, then do a U turn. The voice announcements come too late so expect a lot of missed turns. It constantly loses signal, or thinks you're on the road parallel to the one you're actually on, and reroutes constantly giving out invalid voice commands not related to your actual route. Live Link (the route tracker) doesn't connect correctly, if at all, and it appears you have to open Safari or Mail before loading CoPilot to get an internet connection. Another maopr issue I have is if you're travelling less than 5mph, your direction arrow turns into a circle, as if stationary, and all your next turns disappear. It doesn't turn back into an arrow until you go above 5pmh, and even then there is a delay. This is intentional according to ALK:

      The slow moving <5mph is designed to ensure that we don't start spinning the map when you stop at traffic lights. You will notice this with other SatNav providers like TomTom where their maps can start spinning so we have a dead reckoning speed of 5mph to prevent this when GPS drift occurs

      Although I mentioned the Apps performance during phone calls, I don't agree that reviewing an Application on the grounds of how it performs during/after a phone call, but I know it matters to some people. My opinion is if you don't know where you're going, driving around relying on a Sat Nav device, you really shouldn't be taking a phone call anyway, you should be concentrating on the road. It's just dangerous. No harm in pulling over to take that call, and waiting for the App to restart before continuing your journey. That's just common sense.

      Now, TomTom is out, and with Navigon and CoPilot already bought by me, I'm wondering if this is the App I've been longing. Yes, I've spent a lot of money on these Apps, but Sat Nav is the only missing feature on my iPhone. But after reading reviews, it appears it's not great either.
      Most people, as I've said at the beginning, are already TomTom fan boys, and are giving the TomTom app 5 stars before actually using it properly, or had the opportunity to compare it to anything else.

      Read the reviews on the AppStore, just those with <3 stars and ignore the others. TomTom is not perfect. Navigation via Contacts doesn't work at all, and it's very basic for the price. GPS signal is no better or worse than the others.

      If I could afford it, I'd buy TomTom, just to do a review and a comparison of all three to help those who're undecided.

      So far, Navigon performs better as a Sat Nav than CoPilot, however CoPilot still have an update due out soon, which promises Safety Cameras, better GPS performance and POI calling functionality. More or less the same update that Navigon delivered. Since Navigon's update, I've found the GPS performance a little worse than before.

      GPS signal is affected by all kinds of factors, condition of the weather, UV treated windscreens (it's true), position of device in car, interference from other electronic devices etc.

      When TomTom release their GPS enabled cradle/mount, it's announced it will work with other Sat Nav Apps, so if you prefer CoPilot and are disappointed with the GPS signal, then the TomTom car mount is the answer.
      The same goes for Navigon, or TomTom.

      It's just a matter of user preference, but from what I have experienced first hand, and also read from users of all three applications, none of them is really far better than the other, and all of them will need the GPS enabled car mount to work properly.
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      does other countries map avaible for either navigon or tomtom??
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      ^^@InspectorGadget171175

      Well written, and I agree. I must say I am/have been a "tom tom fanboy" as you have put it as I have had both standalone and Windows Mobile TomTom. That being said, I think it comes down to user preference. I am familiar with TomTom, so it is the best for me.

      And I must also admit that I have not put my 2 day old App to the test yet. I am looking forward to do so. From my initial playing around, it seems to fit the bill (ok, maybe not the $100 bill ), but that will be determined. If/when I find something totally great or totally crappy about it, I will post it.
    1. oogotbagsoo's Avatar
      oogotbagsoo -
      I dont know if its been mentioned somewhere in the 11 pages of this thread but, tomtom app does work while ipod music is playing in the background. It silences the music when instructions are spoken then it resumes the music. One thing i did find odd, is that when the song is over, it starts again instead of going to the next song in your itunes library while running the app.
    1. frankydabull's Avatar
      frankydabull -
      Downloaded the app when i got home from work this morning and must say, the main feature that I like I THAT IT WORKED! Had a problem with the GPS once, besides that. menus are actually easy to use. The app doesnt actually look that bad, maybe its because people are comparing it side by side to Navigon, but I think that from what I seen so far, solid app.
    1. Rob_Quads's Avatar
      Rob_Quads -
      Such a shame that it does not support the data services like traffic. Its annoying to start with that the iPhone does not work with stand-alone tomtoms with data services let along the bloody build in one
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by oogotbagsoo View Post
      I dont know if its been mentioned somewhere in the 11 pages of this thread but, tomtom app does work while ipod music is playing in the background. It silences the music when instructions are spoken then it resumes the music. One thing i did find odd, is that when the song is over, it starts again instead of going to the next song in your itunes library while running the app.
      Thats the whole problem I have with this app. If I get a call it pauses the app, if I want to hook my ipod up to my car stereo I cant. And I can get a stand alone GPS unit to just keep in my car that will most likely have a better signal and bigger screen then my iphone for about the same price. I dont see why anyone would get this app?
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkhunter130 View Post
      I know this has probably been asked but what happens if you get a call while using this app?
      You miss your exit.

      Quote Originally Posted by Darkhunter130 View Post
      Thats the whole problem I have with this app. If I get a call it pauses the app, if I want to hook my ipod up to my car stereo I cant. And I can get a stand alone GPS unit to just keep in my car that will most likely have a better signal and bigger screen then my iphone for about the same price. I dont see why anyone would get this app?
      Because there's a lot of suckers out there with more cash ( or credit ) than brains that will snap this up in an instant.
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkhunter130 View Post
      I dont see why anyone would get this app?
      These statements crack me up....and the other ones like "nobody should buy this app because it is too expensive"!

      People buy apps because they 1) want it and 2) have the money to buy it. I wanted the TomTom app, and I had the money to buy it. And I like it...it works for me.

      Your comment is like me saying:

      "Someone who buys a standalone GPS is stupid because they could have everything on their iPhone".

      That statement does not make any sense either. Just becuase it is my choice to have an iPhone Nav app, does not make it right for anyone else. My opinion of course

      EDIT: You see, another one just popped up above this when I was typing!
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Well you have your opinion and I have mine. My opinion is this is a waste of money.