Navigon or TomTom to find soccer fields

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Kadman, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I don't use a GPS on a daily basis. Probably my biggest need is for finding soccer fields. There are other, more common uses that I'm sure either would do an adequate job of, but I'm having a very hard time trying to get a feel for how I can might either replicate or have an good alternate method when finding fields.

    I currently have a stand alone Garmin Nuvi 760 (would go to the wife when I get a GPS app). Since many times our soccer schedules don't have addresses listed, I'll normally use from my laptop to find the soccer complex and use the "Send to GPS" function, plugging the Garmin in via USB where it's added to my favorites.

    I'm very interested to hear how something like this might work with either the Navigon or TomTom app for the iPhone. I'm assuming I can't use the "Send to" from Google maps from the laptop but can I drop a pin on the iPhone Maps program and cut & paste that address easily right into either of the GPS apps? Is it easy to use the maps included within the GPS to find a field and drop a pin on the open map (remember, sometimes these places don't really have listed addresses) and create a route to this location?

    Thanks in advance for any help. This is the deal breaker for me. If I can't find fields, I'll have to stick with my Nuvi (and have to buy a second stand alone device for my wife).
  2. odelay macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    I have both Navigon and TomTom UK versions and I've had a little play around with this. I can't see any easy way of copying a location from the Maps app into another program. You cannot copy a location from a dropped pin, you only have the option to share as a vcf contact via email or mms. However, both TomTom and Navigon have the ability to search for POIs, in Navigon you can select Sports/Others to list sports facilities, and in TomTom you go to POIs/Sports Centers. Both appear to list football pitches as well as various other sports facilities. You can also drop a pin anywhere in a map and set as your destination in both apps, however neither have a satellite view, so if you don't know the exact location, this could be difficult. I guess one option would be to save the location as a contact in the Maps app once you've found it, then navigate to that contact from either Navigon or TomTom (both have the option to route to a contact).
  3. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    You could always look up cross streets and put that intersection into the GPS app.
  4. Kadman thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    Thanks for the responses. This helps a ton. I was leaning more towards Navigon but thought I had specifically heard that you couldn't "point" to a spot on the map and then create a route to it. If you can, then this sounds like I have enough confidence to go ahead and give it a shot. Downloading now!

    Thanks again.
  5. sl1200mk2 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2006
    As someone above also said, yes, you can do this. I just bought Navigon last night and I'm very impressed with it. I don't have any GPS units currently, so this was a very nice addition to the iphone for me. I'm pretty good at finding my way around, but I see myself using this more and more.

    What was really attractive about the TomTom was waiting for the car kit, but the Navigon reviews pushed me to it. The 3 times I've used it so far it's been perfect on routing and this was simply while holding it in my lap and not even mounting it in any way.

    I really hope TomTom sells just the car kit alone, but I doubt it. I bet they'd sell a bunch of them if they did though. Hopefully another company will put out something similar.
  6. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    You can find the exact position in Google Maps and save it as a contact, then route to it from Navigon (TomTom too, I would think). I do this all the time with Navigon, and it works great.

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