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Posted on24. Jun, 2010 by Ann-Marie.
The world’s thinnest, sleekest smartphone hits the shelves in the UK today and has to be the most innovative iPhone yet in terms of it’s design and structure. With people queuing over night, and in some cases all week, it’s bound to be the most successful handset of the year but does it have the credentials to warrant such demand? […]
Posted on05. May, 2010 by Ann-Marie.
For the first time since it’s launch last year, the TomTom iPhone car kit is now available for sale outside of the Apple marketplace and we’ve been lucky enough to secure stock to bring directly to you. All very well and good you say but is it worth it?
I can’t fib, at £99, the price is a little bit scary and is pretty much the first thing you notice about the car kit. You could, after all purchase a complete stand alone satnav and an iPhone windscreen mount for the same price so there has to be something outstanding about it to make the money seem worth it right?
The inbuilt GPS receiver on the iPhone doesn’t exactly set the world on fire, I guess it’s too busy being a phone to pretend to be a super-duper satnav too. Forgivable yes, but when you consider that you pay £60ish for the TomTom application you kind of expect it to be able to function as a satnav. If you’ve got difficulty obtaining a GPS signal then that £60 is starting to look a bit like a bad investment isn’t it? Fret for your hard earned pennies no more. The TomTom iPhone car kit has an inbuilt GPS receiver (a SiRFstar III no less), turning your iPhone into a veritable homing beacon for satellites. The inbuilt GPS receiver features on some of TomTom’s finest standalone models like the Go 910 for example meaning you should experience a significant improvement in the performance. What does this mean for your iPhone? A drastic minimisation in lagging and turn by turn directions meaning fewer route recalcs and a vast reduction in confusion and stress for you. Bonus.
So you’ve got good reception and you can get to where you want to go but as we all know, with the iPhone battery leaving a lot to be desired, you’ll probably only get about half way into your trip and it’ll run out of steam. Not the case with the car kit. Whilst its snugly holding your beloved phone it gives it the juice it needs to see it through the day. In fact, even if you’re not running the TomTom application the TomTom iPhone car kit will still act as an independent charger ensuring you’re never caught short. Battery wise that is. Unlike other windscreen mounts available for your iPhone the TomTom car kit can be rotated a full 360 degrees so that you can adjust it the optimal viewing position for yourself, whether you want to see the road ahead in portrait, landscape or set the world on it’s side it’s all possible to do with the very easy to manoeuvre car kit.
The TomTom car kit also features a TomTom speaker which is yet another bonus. The speaker not only means crisp, clear spoken instructions for your TomTom app but paired with the in-built microphone, it also means the facility for hands-free calling while you drive. The navigation stops when you answer a call and picks up again once it’s finished though so if you get a call while you’re lost my advice would be, dont answer it.
So the TomTom iPhone car kit, it looks good, it takes care of your iPhone, it charges your battery, boosts your signal and overall greatly improves the performance and experience of the TomTom iPhone app but still, is it worth the money? With everything it’s dependent upon personal circumstances but for me I’d have to say yes. I mean you wouldn’t trick your Porsche out with kit from the penny market would you?
You bought the iPhone, you love the iPhone so why not let TomTom help you spoil your iPhone?
Posted on16. Jun, 2009 by Derek.
Following TomTom’s recent demonstration of their new navigation application for the iPhone, Navigon have confirmed that they will be releasing their very own MobileNavigator iPhone application this June.
The new navigation software will run on iPhone OS 3.0 for the iPhone 3G, and will allow the device to be used as a fully functional sat nav device. Egon Minar, CEO of NAVIGON AG commented, “With the new OS 3.0 operating system, Apple has made the use of navigation software on the iPhone possible, and NAVIGON has quickly managed to adapt the MobileNavigator software to the new firmware. The iPhone can now be transformed into a versatile, fully functional navigator.”
The standard user functions of the iPhone will integrate seamlessly in order to make navigation using the iPhone intuitive, and user-friendly. Turn the iPhone 90 degrees, for example, and the display will automatically switch from portrait to landscape view. The software also boasts intelligent address entry, as well as the option of navigating directly to an address from saved contacts. Plus, if navigation is interrupted by a telephone call then navigation is resumed automatically after the call has ended.
According to Egon Minar, integrating the iPhone’s functionality in this way “…allows iPhone users to navigate wherever they are, whenever they want – conveniently and while on the move.”
The MobileNavigator app will be available in the international AppStore this June, and will come in two different versions. The LITE Version will be available for free download, with no active route guidance, but with map material and the possibility to display POIs (points of interest) in the vicinity. The full version requires payment and will include well-known functions such as Reality View Pro, Real Roadsign Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, Speed Assistant, Day & Night Mode, amongst others, as well as the option of displaying POIs along the route.
Posted on11. Jun, 2009 by Derek.
TomTom recently demonstrated their new navigation software in combination with a specially designed car kit for the iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 8th, 2009.
The TomTom navigation application for iPhone is an Apple version of TomTom’s award-winning turn-by-turn navigation software, and includes IQ Routes and the latest maps from Tele Atlas, whilst the specially developed TomTom car kit for iPhone provides secure docking, enhanced GPS performance, clear voice instructions, hands-free calling and in-car charging.
Available via the Apple iTunes App Store, the TomTom navigation application for iPhone will be available following the release of Apple’s OS 3.0 operating system. Details regarding pricing and availability for both the application and the TomTom car kit for iPhone will be released later this summer.