TomTom 1.3 Appears in App Store

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    Over the weekend, updated versions of TomTom's turn-by-turn GPS iPhone application appeared in the App Store. As previously announced the update brings several new features, including real-time traffic information (requires separate in-app purchase) and Google local search.
    Real-time traffic subscriptions are available for $19.99 per year, although shorter daily, monthly, and quarterly terms are also available.

    Article Link: TomTom 1.3 Appears in App Store
     
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    kas23

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    OK guys, what's the best GPS for the iPhone nowadays?
     
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    From what I read I would imagine TomTom and Navigon are neck and neck for tops. But I've only used TomTom.

    Honestly TomTom has been giving me a lot of GPS reception issues lately... jumping all around to random places and not locking on correctly... I didn't have any issues at all when I first downloaded it. This is mostly inside my car and not up on the dashboard for the "direct line of sight with the sky" that is supposedly needed... but again it worked flawlessly when I first got it.

    The update seems nice so far, but it may or may not have corrupted my iPod app... I'm not sure I understand how that would be possible if TomTom followed the SDK. But I was unable to start music directly out of the TomTom app (after upgrading). To try to solve this I figured I would go directly to the iPod app and start from there... but it won't open. It tries to open, pauses, then quits to the homescreen. This has been happening since yesterday afternoon and I have tried a couple of hard restarts.... I will try a restore if it keeps up.

    The ADD LOCATIONS is what interests me... but I would like more information on how this is implemented... I assume the 3rd party apps will have to update and add a direct link to tomtom?
     
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    yearly subscription?

    man.... 19.99 a year?

    Navigon's real time traffic is a one-time thing, not a yearly thing.
     
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    £38 in the UK, consider yourselves lucky.
     
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    I had some problems with it keeping a GPS signal on the road yesterday and it was up on the dash. I haven't had it long but in the week or so before the update when I got it I didn't really seem to have any trouble.
     
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    I've been using copilot uk since it's launch. It's great value and works flawlessly
     
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    This new upgrade is fantastic!

    I own all of them and with this new upgrade, the TomTom is hands down the best. A few notes on some of the other stuff here:

    On the Audio volume level adjusting, you can set it to fade down or (for pocast listeners) set it to stop and then resume.

    I love the traffic interface and it shows you traffic along your entire route and tells you your estimated time delay based on traffic. As far as I understand it, it only mentions traffic that is out of the ordinary time estimation for that road. So if I-85 is always at a standstill at 8AM then you won't get a notice as that is expected. If there is a 4 lane blockage making it take 15 minutes more than normal, you will be alerted to that.

    The new google stuff is great too - it shows you that location on a map and lets you call it right out of TomTom.

    As for GPS reception, there are so many factors it can be based on, doesn't make sense to think it is the new app. Weather, tall buildings trees, cloud cover are all factors.

    All in all, many of the other GPS's have these features, but the difference is TomTom does the best job at routing me to my destination based on drive times and that is the most important feature of my GPS. I know this can vary from location to location, but I have yet to find a place that was not in the TomTom database which happened on all the other apps I used.
     
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    Well, I'm glad to hear that they have daily and monthly options for live traffic. That's actually very convenient for me. Does anyone know how much they cost?
     
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    Wow, Tom Tom is coming out with these updates almost as fast as CoPilot did.
     
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    It's an excellent update. Although would like the traffic info free as Google does (up to a point), 59p per day is not bad. Especially when I won't require it daily
     
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    There seems to be some problems with traffic delay re-routing. I'm not sure if its only the European HD Traffic or if it applies to US traffic also. I've seen this myself which wasn't a pleasant experience. Only after manually choosing minimize delays I was re-routed.

    Regarding the pricing, its expensive if you're comparing it with other iPhone solutions. iPhone has changed the PND pricing game but unfortunately TT is still trying to get premium prices on highly competitive market. I'm sure TT will be lowering the subscription prices or will be introducing a fixed one time price at some point.
     
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    Add Locations

    Does anyone know how do you add locations from other apps outside of TomTom?
     
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    TomTom claims other developers are adding the functionality into their apps. As a clunky work around, I created a GPS contact and add addresses as needed to it, then access them through GPS apps as needed.
     
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    Motion-X GPS Drive is the only GPS app that I've used which feels like it was built from the ground up for the iPhone. It trades onboard maps for live-downloads from Bing (which is a double-edged sword) and doesn't speak street names, but for $1 vs. upwards of $50 for its competitors, you have to try it before buying the others.
     
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    Every time they update this application I end up having to restore my iPhone because of BS "not enough free space" issues. :mad:
     
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    No need to restore iPhone

    I'm running TT on an original iPhone. If I just try updating, it complains about not enough free space. Instead of restoring, I remove TT from the sync list on my iPhone and re-sync. That removes TT from the iPhone but leaves it in the Applications.

    Then I switch on TT again and re-sync. Takes about 5 or so minutes to remove TT on the re-sync. My only loss is the favorites and past destination history. When I get the next gen phone, I hope this problem goes away.
     
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    But we are poor!

    Haven't you herd Americans are poor over here, can even afford clothes not made in China, let have Tom Tom make the software in China that way we can afford it here. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm quite tempted to buy this and also get shafted for the car mount because we just had our TomTom stolen a few days ago. $20 isn't too bad per year for traffic services compared to the £80 per year they charge for a normal TomTom device. If only you could still get directions if you get a phone call - because of that I can't really justify spending any money on a sat nav iPhone app.
     
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    Me too, and I have the TomTom car kit. It has these hissy fits, the screen goes crazy on the expressway telling me to make a sharp left. I ignore it and it goes away. TomTom has a good potential to be a good GPS, but I think they need to fire their QC department. MotionX GPS for 2.99 is so good if I could just rely on one GPS that would be the one, but they all have their problems. The Google Search is so cool, but TomTom doesn't give you the address of the location you just found, it drives me crazy.
     
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    Anyone heard anything about when live traffic is coming to other regions? As far as I can tell the TomTom Australia app didn't get live traffic OR a map update, so it's basically a UI update.
     
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    TomTom and Phone

    FYI, if you get a phone call, you can answer it, then just reopen the TomTom app while you are still in the call and it will resume navigating and you can still talk on the phone.
     
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    I've tried this several times without success. Normally instead of replacing the app, there needs to be enough room for a 2nd app to install before replacing the old version. Even with removing it from the iPhone and with over 2.5GB of space left, it claims there is not enough free space. This is an iPhone issue for sure, for some reason mine is having trouble making memory available once data is deleted. And every time I restore it's a crap shoot as to which of my settings are kept and which I have to tweak to the way I had it before.

    Yeah, I know this isn't a support forum, I'm just venting.

    :apple: !!!
     
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    Motion-X is now $.99 for 30 days of live voice guidance, then $2.99 every 30 days thereafter.
     
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    Had this myself late last night. Motorway I would normally take on the way home was blocked due to roadworks, and I had to manuallly choose 'minimise delays'.

    Not impressed.


    Edit: Just downloaded the user guide for the 1.3 update and found these statements:

    1. 'For any incident, you can tap Minimise Delays to check whether further time can be saved by using an alternative route.'
    2. 'As the traffic situation changes, your TomTom app constantly looks for a faster route to your destination. If it finds one, it asks you if you want to change to that route.'

    These two statements seem to contradict each other. If TomTom gives you the option to change to a new route automatically (2) why would you need the option to manually select minimise delays (1).

    Also from personal experience I can say that statement 2 is NOT true.

    Although Navigon traffic is nowhere near as comprehensive, at least the re-routing is done automatically (and it works).
     

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