Best app between £25-£35
- Traditional menus and maps
- Accurate and quick directions, and quickly reroutes if you make a wrong turn
- Cheaper than Garmin’s UK & Ireland app
Available for iOS and Android, TomTom is one of the better paid-for apps. It’s not as cheap as CoPilot, but it’s not as expensive as Garmin’s app, and like both, the maps are stored and available offline, so you’re not reliant on a mobile data signal or going to eat into your data allowance.
The interface is a little dated, but it’s easy to navigate. The destination search is incredibly detailed, with the option to put in all the usual information like postcode, address or point of interest, but there’s also the option to get directions to a place one of your friends has checked into on Facebook, or a location in your calendar, though this feature didn’t work so well for us during our test.
The voice guidance gives clear instructions, and there’s the option to pay for alternative voices via in-app purchases. The 2D and 3D maps are clear, and the display automatically changes colours, depending on whether it’s day or night.
Features like automatic rerouting if you miss your turn and advance lane guidance to help when approaching junctions are great, while the free lifetime map updates enable users to download at least four updates each year. It’s a shame that live traffic and speed cameras updates aren’t included, but these can be added via an in-app purchase for £18.99 and £14.99 for the year respectively, and you do get offline speed cameras pre-installed in the app.
To make up for the lack of traffic, TomTom includes IQ Routes. This factors in historical traffic information into the routing you’re given – so it won’t direct you along busy routes at peak times.
One of the main advantages of TomTom over other sat nav apps is multitasking, which means it continues to give clear turn-by-turn guidance while you’re on the phone. This, combined with the app’s other features, make a strong case for TomTom to make it onto your phone this year.