TomTom for iOS review

TomTom is one of the best-known names in sat navs, and while the company is famous for its standalone devices it has a strong background in smartphone apps too. The TomTom software is available for the iPhone and iPad at a cost of £49.99 for the UK and Ireland version and £79.99 for the Europe edition. Other maps are available from TomTom.

TomTom has perhaps the most visually efficient design of any navigation application. The sharp, clear road mapping – with a panel at the bottom of the screen indicating distance to next turn – is easy to read at a glance. Lane guidance is similarly well designed, with clear visuals showing which lane you need to aim for at complex junctions.

You can buy HD Traffic for routing round traffic problems. Fixed speed cameras are included, but another in-app purchase provides access to mobile speed camera data.

Less useful – but fun – is the collection of voices giving directions, including the likes of Darth Vader and Homer Simpson. Like HD Traffic they are in-app purchases.

The TomTom app’s IQ Route system uses crowdsource data to deliver more accurate travel times

Having nailed basic routing TomTom has developed some strong additional features, such as local searching with Google, and its IQ Route system which uses crowdsourced data to deliver pretty accurate travel times.

OUR VERDICT

TomTom looks slick and is easy to use. Some of the in-app extras are fluff, some are useful. Overall, though, it’s an expensive product.

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