TomTom App – In-depth Review

AT A GLANCE

  • Really easy to use
  • It loads your location quickly
  • Reads out street names
  • Optional display of nearby petrol stations, ATMs and other points of interest
  • You can purchase a windscreen mount and car charger

TomTom-logo-300I spend a lot of time on the road going back and forth to meetings so a GPS is a must. The only problem is that I keep forgetting it at home, or leaving it in the office (some advice: never leave your GPS in your car, criminals look for the window mount or sucker marks on your windscreen and make off with it quicker than you can say ‘you have reached your destination’).

The TomTom South Africa GPS application solves these problems because it’s an iPhone (and iPod/iPad) app. When would you ever leave your phone at home?

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TomTom have a very intuitive interface and the GPS finds the satellites quicker than any other brand I’ve used, meaning I didn’t waste any time trying to figure it out. The fact that it reads out the street names is also very helpful and sometimes hilarious (imagine it trying to read out Malibongwe Drive).

You can set the app to display points of interests like petrol stations, ATMs and shopping centres as you approach them, you can change the voices and display colours, heck – you can even change the make of the little car on the screen! (I chose a pink Mini, cos I’m girly like that).

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You have the option of purchasing a TomTom car kit, which turns your iPhone or iPod into a full-blown GPS and doubles up as a hands free kit for the phone. The car kit has the classic TomTom window mount that allows you to adjust a dial to lock the suction cup in place, very useful if you drive on Joburg’s potholed roads. 

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The only thing that bothered me about the app is that it seemed to always want to take me the long way around. Maybe it’s a setting I missed or something but I’m almost sure there were quicker routes than the ones it chose. Apart from that – I loved it! And maybe it knows how stressed I am so it just wanted me to take the scenic route.

Turn Ons

  • The interface is simple, quick and easy to use
  • At €59.99 it’s quite a bit cheaper than a stand-alone GPS
  • It reads out street names
  • The novelty voices are fantastic

Turn Offs

  • It seems to choose routes that are not necessarily the quickest

Costing… Euros?

The TomTom App for iPhone is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch users at R545.91 (€59.99). Get it here.
A 12-month subscription for HD Traffic is priced at R272.91 (€29.99)
A 1-month subscription for HD Traffic is priced at R45.41 (€4.99)

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