The only viable GPS solution = TomTom

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  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Why? Because the iPhones GPS chip is HORRIBLE. Face it, none of the apps can keep your location locked well enough to have reliable turn by turn. The TomTom basically turns your iPhone into a TomTom, by adding a more powerful GPS chip. Save your money if you are going to be getting GPS software. I have tried them all, and they are all horrible.

    Its a shame they made the GPS antenna or chip so anemic. Driving home today G-Map, and the new Sygic lost track of where I was several times and took a while to recalculate. xGPS doesnt have even a sniff of these two either. That likes to put me in the middle of neighborhoods and lakes! My friends phone does the same thing, as well as my 3G... I currently run a 3Gs.
     
  2. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    The TomTom iPhone car holder has its own GPS chip in it?
     
  3. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, essentially making it a standalone GPS with the iPhone as its screen. Far greater reception.
     
  4. LiquidThunderLT macrumors member

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    I've never had a problem with the GPS or maps app for directions or location. If I put on sattelite map I can see clearly if I'm in my living room or bedroom. That's accurate enough for me. Probably one of my favorite aspects of the device.

    The compass needs to stop always thinking my cars dashboard is north tho. That's annoying.
     
  5. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    If you stand still yes, but moving its horrible. Even the Google Maps put you off the road most of the time and skips forward and not a smooth motion. G-Map keeps you locked on roads, but sometimes jumps you off the road you are currently on, to an adjacent one. This is due to the iPhones GPS chip or antenna being too poor.

    TomTom - wait for it.
     
  6. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm. Could it be that big hunk of metal just beyond the dashboard that weighs hundreds of pounds? :)
     
  7. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    where does it say this? all I've seen is "better reception"
     
  8. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had a problem with either the AT&T app or G-Maps.
     
  9. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Macworld has an interesting piece about the upcoming features: http://www.macworld.com/article/141539/2009/07/tomtomiphoneupdate.html (edit: same as PCworld link above;beat me to it)

    The GPS unit comes with a AUX input jack and a Bluetooth microhone so users of FM transmitters may be left out in the cold if they don't have an option to buy that. It also says that TomTom is leaning towards a one time fee as opposed to the monthly fees of others.

    I hope that it doesn't end up costing the same price as a standalone unit and they offer a FM transmitter option or else I have to get a new car stereo for my leased car.
     
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  12. strike1555 macrumors 6502

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    I just drive in New York City with Sygic and G-map. Never lost my signal once. Maybe you need to learn how to position your gps properly?

    TomTom is a joke, it's no better than the other GPS's. They are all entry level. No lane assist, no TTS = epic fail.
     
  13. LiquidThunderLT macrumors member

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    I'm excited for and will purchase the TomTom deal but I have had no issues with the built in GPS and maps app smoothly tracking me in motion. Occasionally if I take a turn it will stray to the side before pulling back to my location but this takes only seconds, I can't believe it would ever be a problem. I'm in a rural area, maybe you're in a city and there is more interference or obstruction?
     
  14. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Tallest building on my way home is a 2 story house.
     
  15. gloss macrumors 601

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    I used mine to track a trip from Ohio to D.C. without a glitch. The system nailed our position the entire time.

    Dunno what phone you're using.
     
  16. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    Good points although I am surprised about it working in NYC with so many buildings. I'd never use it in Manhattan because I'd be using mass transit.
     
  17. LiquidThunderLT macrumors member

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    Then how do you explain how our experiences are so wildly different? I have a super phone? So does my girlfriend?


    I would never suggest the military to adopt the iPhone as it's exclusive GPS location tool, but for the average consumer it's almost laughable to suggest it's somehow wildly inadequate.
     
  18. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Where do you mount yours? Mine is on the dash... maybe I need to move to the windshield?
     
  19. Tunnelrunner macrumors regular

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    FWIW, AT&T Navigator/Telenav worked flawlessly in downtown Chicago (the Loop), with skyscrapers and all and even passed a structure called the Sears Tower...

    BTW, mine's was mounted on the dash.

    Having said all that, I will still buy the TomTom app (can never have too many toys).
     
  20. LiquidThunderLT macrumors member

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    I'm just holding it in my hand it's not mounted anywhere
     
  21. Kadman macrumors 65816

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    Even more common will be those left out in the cold because they have their phone in a case. Unless there's another mounting option we haven't seen, all the demos show that clip that just fits the naked phone. I'm also waiting for all the threads about the clip leaving scratches on the black back and the chrome bezel.
     
  22. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Not sure how to explain that.

    But if you find someone who does, can you PLEASE also have them explain the VAST differences in iPhone batteries between each user. :D

    Usage seems to vary a LOT between units.
     
  23. TXBDan macrumors regular

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    Mine works great. I use it for navigating through Boston all the time. I just hold it in my hand and use Maps.
     
  24. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    This is the thing that bothers me the most about the TomTom solution. I have an Agent 18 case and I like it :( but I'll deal with it.
     

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