Tuesday, January 26, 2010

TomTom iPhone/iTouch GPS Application/Car kit: Review

With over 1 Billion downloads in just 9 months, the Apple store is undoubtedly the most popular place for all the Apple users worldwide. Amongst the other Apple products, the iPhone is the most popular product in the Apple’s stack. Similarly in GPS market TomTom is a leader and very popular especially in USA.

I have personally used TomTom device in US and it works great. The TomTom iPhone and iTouch application can bring the same experience to your mobile phone also. TomTom is probably the most popular app when it comes to accessing GPS on your iPhone or iTouch. This application works on both 3GS and 3G models using some intelligent technology like IQ Routes.

System Requirements for TomTom
  • iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 1.25 GB of free space
  • iTunes software
TomTom features
  • User Interface – Conventional apple app, the maps are pre-loaded in the app
  • 2D and 3D maps, day/night mode, various route options available
  • Takes less than 7 sec to load, faster than many other Navigation apps
  • Choosing a destination – POI search, address input, save favorites
  • IQ routes – award winning technology, displays the average time taken by other users to reach the same destination
  • Navigation – easy to read with good arrow indicators, portrait and landscape view
  • Limited speed limit data
  • No traffic updates
  • No integrated Google local search

You can also buy a TomTom Car Kit to enhance the use of TomTom app on the move. However this is optional.

Technical specifications of TomTom Car Kit
  • Audio out: 3.5 mm
  • Volume control
  • Portrait/Landscape support
  • Windscreen and dashboard mounting
  • iPhone charging via CLA
  • Dimensions: 5.17 x 2.7 x 1.96 in./131.43 x 68.68 x 49.86 mm
  • Weight: 4.13 oz./117 g
TomTom App: 99 USD
TomTom Car Kit: 120 USD

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