TomTom for iPhone Sat-Nav - TomTom for iPhone

By James Morris



Our Score:


The mount itself uses TomTom's EasyPort system, as seen with the ONE and XL standalone sat-navs. The iPhone can be swivelled to any position from portrait to landscape, and slanted both vertically and horizontally for the most comfortable orientation. It's certainly a very sturdy package, providing a more stable and secure platform than most generic mounts, although you can pick up the latter for less than £30. We also found that with a cable plugged into the 3.5mm jack, the mount had a tendency to drop to an angle when the host vehicle hit a major bump. A firmer ratchet on the hinge would be an improvement.

However, the car kit is not a necessity to use the software. Although TomTom has redesigned the menu system to better suit the iPhone, the range of features is very similar to an entry-level standalone sat-nav from the company. The basic destination options include the usual range of address or Point of Interest (POI), with the ability to save favourites and a home location, plus a handy list of recent destinations. You can enter a full UK postcode, too.

The POI database is divided into over 50 categories, and you can look near your current location, within a city, near home, along a route, and close to an already programmed destination. Whilst you can't search the entire range of POIs, you can search freely within each of the five aforementioned vicinities. So as long as you have a vague idea where the POI you're looking for is located, you should be able to find it without hunting through the category system. Results popped up quite quickly on our iPhone 3GS.

One feature you won't get with a standalone sat-nav is a direct link to your smartphone contacts. Our previous experience with this feature in other software has not been particularly compelling. However, TomTom's take appears to work reasonably well. Whereas Navigon's MobileNavigator throws up many spurious results, few of which are the one you're after, the TomTom software gets things right a lot of the time, unless your contact's address is malformed. Phone integration also extends to calling the number listed for a POI - very useful for ensuring an attraction is actually open before you set off.

There's a route planner for setting up multiple waypoints, and the Find Alternative option lets you look for a different route. You can either let the software do this itself, avoid a blocked road for a given distance, add a last minute waypoint or choose to avoid an entire road within your currently calculated route.

Tim Sutton

October 26, 2009, 5:34 am

An INCREDIBLY generous review!

Features and value marks in particular bemuse me.

With the car kit it costs more than a TomTom One, with less features. No traffic alerts, no lane guidance (!!) no weather updates, no text to speech on road names.

These are basic sat-nav functions, the lack of which could probably be excused if the price of the product reflected the reduced feature set, but here that's just not the case.

And it's not as if these features can't be made to work on the iPhone, Co Pilot Live has them all except text to speech. And it costs £26.

I'm really sorry, and this is the first time I've ever thought this, but this is a poor review by Trusted standards.


October 26, 2009, 1:41 pm

I looked at the costings & simply bought a One IQ Routes Europe for £145 a couple of months ago. Works great, can utilise the PGPSW speed cam database and leaves the iPhone free to display Google traffic (I do not want to pay for HD traffic as on occasional user) whilst playing some tunes. Nirvana would be to get rid of the iPhone interference over car speakers (although tin foil inserted into the mount has much reduced it!)

James Morris

October 26, 2009, 1:51 pm

The scores reflect more the software on its own than the mount, which I agree is ridiculously expensive. The software works very well, though, and in usability terms is better than Navigon or CoPilot Live. Sadly, I haven't been able to try the iPhone version of CoPilot Live, only the Windows Mobile version, which is excellent (and excellent value) but the iPhone version lacks some of its features and overall the TomTom interface is considerably easier to use. The lack of lane guidance is a surprise, I agree, but I've been using it for a few weeks now and found it mostly as good as a budget standalone sat-nav, plus you only have to carry one device around.


October 26, 2009, 1:53 pm

7/10 for value....?! Come on chaps...


October 26, 2009, 2:00 pm

Co Pilot: £26.00

TomTom: £59.99

So marginally more expensive = 230% increase. :)

Also is it me or does the TomToms interface look bland compared to co-pilot. I suppose keeping the interface simply is a good idea, but I do like having the next 2 turnings on the co-pilot instead of just the next.

I suppose I'm an occasionally Sat Nav user and the price difference is important, if your somebody who uses Sat Navs day in day out, then maybe the extra is worth it. But doesn't this mean TomTom have really missed a trick here, selling en-mass to the occasionally user, I've never had the urge to buy a Sat Nav but @ £26 I went for the co-pilot but the £59 to me was silly money for occasional use.


October 26, 2009, 2:24 pm

@James: The thing is though, you don't really carry a sat-nav around; you leave it in your car, or at least most of the people I know that own sat-navs do. Hence, I feel that it kind of makes the argument of only 'carrying' a single device around redundant.


October 26, 2009, 4:51 pm

The biggest rip-off since cinema popcorn and funfair candy floss!

This should have got 3 for value and 5 for most!


October 26, 2009, 5:12 pm

I should say also that if Apple opened up the Bluetooth features so that it actually worked properly, we could all use the excellent bluetooth GPS units available for around £30. My Qstarz BT GPS unit is very accurate and precise and I have used it on 2 nokia handsets now to improve the GPS signal when driving with the TT software.

Instead Apple lock it all down and give people the only option of paying through the nose for the extra hardware to make up for the dismal GPS receiver already built into the unit to begin with. Then it's get an 8/10 for an overall score from TR's?!

What with vastly superior stand-alone units available for the same price - with software included and maps (!) - I can't help but want to discourage anyone from wasting their money on this. And besides, what happens when you want to upgrade your phone to a non-iPhone? You're left with no satnav, a £100 bit of plastic and no ability to sell your software on.

James Morris

October 26, 2009, 5:27 pm

You leave your sat-nav in your car? I'd never do that - far too easy to steal.


October 26, 2009, 5:56 pm

I did no see any review of iGO navigation software, which is a very good one, and it is also work in iPhone:

Is it becouse the company is based in Israel ?


October 26, 2009, 6:45 pm

To everyone:

Please ignore the bait!


October 26, 2009, 7:46 pm

Why ?

Why isn't a simple answer good enough ?

There are many cases that this happen in the UK, I would like to know if this is one of them


October 26, 2009, 9:15 pm


Oh, sorry, here you go then: "No".


October 27, 2009, 9:19 am

I don't think this is a laughing matter.

Geoff Richards

October 27, 2009, 12:11 pm

Maybe I should clear this up...

@Ofer - there is no reason why we haven't (yet) reviewed iGO My Way for iPhone. TomTom is the #1 brand for sat-navs in the UK, so naturally we wanted to review their iPhone version.

As long as a product is available to buy by UK consumers, there is no other reason why we couldn't choose to review something; the country of origin is irrelevant.


October 27, 2009, 12:33 pm

Thanks for the replay

I enjoy very much reading your site



October 29, 2009, 1:51 pm

Can you confirm you cannot upload your own POIs (Like most standalone satnavs)?



November 21, 2009, 2:29 am

Tomtom App for iPhone updated 19-11-09 version 1.2

Some of the 'gripes' previously mentioned have been addressed - the lane guidance is rather good.

Although my install of the upgrade went without a hitch, three of my friends upgrades either crashed the iPhone or deleted contacts.

The IQ routes have also been updated, in my opinion not for the better as I was sent on a wild goose chase today!

The app has the familiar friendly feel, but takes a long time to load.

The app is very heavy on phone resources and whilst on a call using bluetooth headset and tomtom app, the iphone struggles to recharge, certainly not at an acceptable rate!

overall 6/10


November 28, 2009, 4:59 pm

All right we know TomTom can make the actual Satnav unit. When will they create an updated version of TonTom Home for Mac Snow Leopard


November 28, 2009, 5:03 pm

The Audio connection does not give a lot of choice as my car audio head unit has a Apple iPod connection i.e. an Apple docking plug and I notice that his does not allow me to use this thus not allowing me to be able to play my music through my car audio system.


March 6, 2014, 12:31 pm

can this product be used on a motorcycle

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