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Old Nov 18, 2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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TomTom Version 1.2 Released, Adds Compatibility With Original iPhone and iPod Touch



Version 1.2 of TomTom U.S. & Canada [App Store, $99.99], submitted last week, has gone live in the App Store, bringing text-to-speech, lane guidance and a number of other new features to the popular GPS navigation application. Similar updates for a number of other international versions of the application have also begun appearing.

One other important feature of note is the addition of support for the original iPhone and all iPod touch models. The iPod touch lacks internal GPS, however, so those devices would have to paired with an external GPS receiver such as the TomTom car kit in order to function.[quote][i]AWARD-WINNING NAVIGATION EXPERIENCE
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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There's a number of little improvements, for example, the voices list is separated out with flags and headings. The volume adjuster has some icons added. The speed camera alert sound has changed.

Crashed when I first opened it, but tried again and it worked.
edit: But changing voices is now bloody slow.
edit 2: Was 'GPS Enhancer' there before? 'TomTom GPS Enhancer compensates for any delays or inaccuracies in your location.'
edit 3: Navigating around the app is slower than 1.1 . Especially when you click 'Route options'. I don't know why they've added a flip...the menu disappears to black, then the screen flips. Surely it should just flip straight from the menu. Makes no sense and makes you wait longer. Actually it's really irritating.
edit 4: Lane Guidance is really cool; it not only shows you the lane but the sign too. Only problem is that for the 0.5miles approaching the spot where that screen appears, the app jumps and stutters (maybe it's loading/calculating the image?). The pretty picture doesn't come up for all junctions though (see second image - tells you lane at bottom but not on main screen).
edit 5: It now displays consecutive instructions via icons! For example, turn left then turn right shows two icons (previously it only displayed the next manoeuvre).

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Old Nov 18, 2009, 05:21 PM   #3
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*reads title* TomTom Version 1.2 Released, Adds Compatibility With Original iPhone and iPod Touch

<Initial thoughts>
Wait.... it supports the ORIGINAL iPhone? ... O_o ... as in the 1st Gen iPhone?... The one WITHOUT GPS?
</Initial thoughts>

And all of a sudden the external GPS receiver in the car kit makes MUCH more sense.
So if the (EXPENSIVE) car kit (read windshield mount + other functionality that is for the most part, redundant for the majority of iPhone users) was actually intended for 1stGen iPhone users?

Does that mean TomTom will release a stripped down version of the carkit for 3G(s) without the redundant extra features (no expensive external GPS receiver)?
A MUCH CHEAPER stripped down version?
Please? $20?
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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*reads title* TomTom Version 1.2 Released, Adds Compatibility With Original iPhone and iPod Touch

<Initial thoughts>
Wait.... it supports the ORIGINAL iPhone? ... O_o ... as in the 1st Gen iPhone?... The one WITHOUT GPS?
</Initial thoughts>

And all of a sudden the external GPS receiver in the car kit makes MUCH more sense.
So if the (EXPENSIVE) car kit (read windshield mount + other functionality that is for the most part, redundant for the majority of iPhone users) was actually intended for 1stGen iPhone users?

Does that mean TomTom will release a stripped down version of the carkit for 3G(s) without the redundant extra features (no expensive external GPS receiver)?
A MUCH CHEAPER stripped down version?
Please? $20?
No, will not happen, TomTom claims iPhone GPS is not good enough.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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*reads title* TomTom Version 1.2 Released, Adds Compatibility With Original iPhone and iPod Touch

<Initial thoughts>
Wait.... it supports the ORIGINAL iPhone? ... O_o ... as in the 1st Gen iPhone?... The one WITHOUT GPS?
</Initial thoughts>

And all of a sudden the external GPS receiver in the car kit makes MUCH more sense.
So if the (EXPENSIVE) car kit (read windshield mount + other functionality that is for the most part, redundant for the majority of iPhone users) was actually intended for 1stGen iPhone users?

Does that mean TomTom will release a stripped down version of the carkit for 3G(s) without the redundant extra features (no expensive external GPS receiver)?
A MUCH CHEAPER stripped down version?
Please? $20?
Just buy somebody else's mount if you want to try it w/o the increased GPS accuracy.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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this is great and all, but the Itouch does not fit into the tomtom car kit, it is to small. It would fit into the Magellan one though.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 05:47 PM   #7
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*reads title* TomTom Version 1.2 Released, Adds
Does that mean TomTom will release a stripped down version of the carkit for 3G(s) without the redundant extra features (no expensive external GPS receiver)?
A MUCH CHEAPER stripped down version?
Please? $20?
If you don't want the GPS functions, just buy any car mount, power adapter, and bluetooth hands free kit.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 07:01 PM   #8
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I updated, and now it just keeps crashing upon launch.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 07:19 PM   #9
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One question.

Does this unit work with an iPod Touch and Navigon?


Tried a Navigon unit, and must say its the best gps app, though the only reason I use a gps app is for long trips that I am unfamiliar with and at times confusing interchanges.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 07:42 PM   #10
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One question.

Does this unit work with an iPod Touch and Navigon?


Tried a Navigon unit, and must say its the best gps app, though the only reason I use a gps app is for long trips that I am unfamiliar with and at times confusing interchanges.
I do really like the Navigon program. I like the voice, directions, accuracy, etc. I HATE the POI feature. It is total crap around me. I live in a major city too.

I use Navigon with the Tom Tom Car Kit. It is dead-on GPS accuracy.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 07:50 PM   #11
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I do really like the Navigon program. I like the voice, directions, accuracy, etc. I HATE the POI feature. It is total crap around me. I live in a major city too.

I use Navigon with the Tom Tom Car Kit. It is dead-on GPS accuracy.
On an iPhone or iPod Touch.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 08:25 PM   #12
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So if the (EXPENSIVE) car kit (read windshield mount + other functionality that is for the most part, redundant for the majority of iPhone users) was actually intended for 1stGen iPhone users?
No it is intended to give better GPS reception than the built in GPS receiver in the iPhone. Nothing redundant there. It is a bonus that it also works with the original iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Does that mean TomTom will release a stripped down version of the carkit for 3G(s) without the redundant extra features (no expensive external GPS receiver)?
A MUCH CHEAPER stripped down version?
Please? $20?
That doesn't make any sense. There are many "stripped down" car kits for the iphone. If you don't want the GPS reciever (which boosts GPS performance on the newer iPhones), then why buy a car kit from Tom Tom.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 08:48 PM   #13
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I updated, and now it just keeps crashing upon launch.

Mine too. I have even re-booted the phone, but it is still not working.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 09:43 PM   #14
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When listening to music, does the music volume lower instead of stopping for directions like the original release?
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 10:32 PM   #15
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Update looks Nice ! But

Tom Tom,

Your update looks nice but your price is still to high.

A sale would make me rethink.

Other wise Navigon or Magellan will get my money.

Everyone,

Any good articles on how all three compare?

Whats the preferred choice and why?
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 10:34 PM   #16
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On an iPhone or iPod Touch.
oops sorry. Not a Touch, I use a iPhone 3G S.
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What text-to-speech?

So, am I just completely and totally missing something here, or is their idea of 'text-to-speech' in this nowhere near what, well, almost all of their lower-priced competition has where the app will actually give you the name of the street vs. just the distance to the turn and where you turn? I've tried out almost all of the voices in English, and they all just give distance and direction and no street names...
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Mine too. I have even re-booted the phone, but it is still not working.
Oh, fixed the crashing issue by deleting the tomtom app from my iphone, and having iTunes re-sync it back onto it. Works now.
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So, am I just completely and totally missing something here, or is their idea of 'text-to-speech' in this nowhere near what, well, almost all of their lower-priced competition has where the app will actually give you the name of the street vs. just the distance to the turn and where you turn? I've tried out almost all of the voices in English, and they all just give distance and direction and no street names...
I have not been able to try mine yet, but I am guessing that the voice needs to be a "computer voice" to do the street names. This is just a shot in the dark though.
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When listening to music, does the music volume lower instead of stopping for directions like the original release?
No, it just stops.

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When listening to music, does the music volume lower instead of stopping for directions like the original release?
Still the same. One of the most annoying things about Tomtom.
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I have not been able to try mine yet, but I am guessing that the voice needs to be a "computer voice" to do the street names. This is just a shot in the dark though.
Text-to-speech is nowhere to be seen (heard) with the Iberia Tomtom app and a spanish voice, even though this version claims to have spanish T2S.

Also, I haven't seen the advanced lane guidance thing, just a tiny icon at the bottom with a sketch of the lanes, no big sign post like in the first pic the OP posted.
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Also, I haven't seen the advanced lane guidance thing, just a tiny icon at the bottom with a sketch of the lanes, no big sign post like in the first pic the OP posted.
Mine is being sporadic too - sometimes the big picture/signposts, other times just the small pictures in the bottom.

Why can't they just get it right .

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TTS is included in the voices which have (computer) after their names. In the case of the Western Europe TomTom, there is only one British voice with TTS.
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TTS is included in the voices which have (computer) after their names. In the case of the Western Europe TomTom, there is only one British voice with TTS.
have you tried the non-british english speaking tts voices?

how do they compare against the british voice?
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