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TomTom for iPhone Available

TomTom may have beaten the competition to the punch in announcing a sat-nav app for the iPhone, but the launch of that app today lags behind rivals Navigon and CoPilot somewhat. With its £59.99 price tag (about double that of both alternatives) TomTom for iPhone is going to need to offer something special to reward our patience.

To persuade you to part with your hard earned cash, TomTom for iPhone boasts features such as IQ Routes and safety camera locations alongside TomTom's usual navigation interface, re-jigged for the touch-driven iPhone. Automatic re-routing when deviating from the directed route is also catered for.

TomTom's iPhone app equals, if not bests, its competitors offering portrait and landscape views, 3D and 2D maps, and customised, alternative, night and day views. Point-of-interest searching is provided and phone numbers can be called direct from the TomTom app - a feature some criticised CoPilot for lacking.

Judging by previously leaked pricing TomTom's docking cradle should be priced in the £50 region. Compared to other in-car docking cradles available that's a little pricey - added functionality accepted - so it's good to see the dock isn't required to use TomTom for iPhone. If you do want the dock, however, we're told to expect it later this summer.

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TomTom for iPhone - App Store link.

xbrumster

August 17, 2009, 4:26 pm

Love to see a feature to feature comparison review on those 3 softies. Roll on TR!

BeardedHawk

August 17, 2009, 4:29 pm

Navigon costs £52.99 for the UK only map which isn't anywhere near half of £59.99.

Geoff Richards

August 17, 2009, 4:55 pm

@BeardedHawk - you're right, but I guess Hugo is referring to the fact that CoPilot Live UK costs £25.99

Keithe6e

August 17, 2009, 4:55 pm

The only problem from my POV with TomTom, is I've already bought the co-pilot, and I'm finding that does everything I want. btw. one of the comments from the co-pilot news said a major problem with the co-pilot is that it doesn't remember your route when you exit, just close the dialogs that appear when it opens and it's back were you left it, so it does remember.

interpleb

August 17, 2009, 5:35 pm

If anyone buys this, please could you answer these questions - can you adjust the Tomtom voice instruction volume separately to music volume, and do you have any control of your music from with Tomtom, like being able to skip track?





I have Copilot and I can't stand it shouting instructions at me when I am listening to a podcast.

Retset

August 17, 2009, 5:35 pm

My iPhone is due soon so TomTom have timed their release nicely - for me at least! I would be most interested in a Western European version so may hold off a bit longer, however.





CoPilot looks great VFM but I have ended up only using TomTom on my Windows Mobile phone as I way prefer it to CoPilot 7, even though the latter was bundled with my phone.





Despite the fact I am already 'sold' on TomTom, I would appreciate a TR round up of all the iPhone satnav programs.

sugob

August 17, 2009, 6:27 pm

Does TT {or any of the others} work with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver rather than the internal iPhone one?

Peter

August 17, 2009, 6:41 pm

If the Iphone GPS system up to the job of dealing with driving around central london? Many GPS systems get confused with the high buildings.

Gronda

August 17, 2009, 6:44 pm

Does anyone have details of the difference between the UK+Eire and the Western Europe versions? On the face of it, 60 quid gives you the UK and Ireland only, whilst 80 quid appears to give you all of Western Europe (admittedly for a much larger installation). I'm tempted by the latter option mainly so I have it should I ever go driving over there.

sugob

August 17, 2009, 7:32 pm

I'd also be interested to know what version of the UK {or Europe} maps?


On the TomTom web site for their all in one units, they are doing a sale of 'Western & Central Europe v8.30' {2061MB} for £60 {a £15 discount} - a map sale is usually a sure fire sign with TomTom that new maps are imminent {so you almost immediately feel sh@fted :-o} and it would fit with the quarterly release {the version 8.30 maps came out mid May}.

Peter A

August 17, 2009, 8:53 pm

They've missed the biggest trick, surely? Where's the live traffic feature using the iphone's data connection? No traffic, no purchase over co-pilot, which does the job just fine.

lifethroughalens

August 17, 2009, 10:37 pm

Zut Alors!





And I just this morning bought CoPilot for the iPhone, curse my impatience!

JellyUK

August 18, 2009, 6:11 pm

Please do a group test of the iphone navigation offerings (navigon, copilot live, igo and tomtom), it would be really good to get a clear idea of all of them, as they're pretty expensive as far as iphone apps go.

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