TomTom vs. Navigon

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by S1njin, Jun 28, 2010.

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Which iPhone GPS App do you prefer - iOS4 versions only !!!

  1. TomTom

    31.1%
  2. Navigon

    57.5%
  3. Other

    11.4%
  1. S1njin macrumors 6502a

    S1njin

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    Hey Gang,

    I'm in the market for a new GPS for my iPhone4. Replacing a 4 year old Nuvi. I'm not sure if this is a Chevy/Ford : Toyota/Honda discussion or not, but is there one that is clearly superior to the other?

    Thanks !
     
  2. countrydweller macrumors 6502

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    I have both of them. I use tomtom more because the maps are up to date. My house was built in 2006, it's on tomtom but not navigon. Otherwise, they both are good.
     
  3. kas23 macrumors 603

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    I just have Tom Tom. It does the job I want it to do, so I like it very much. Rarely does it get confused with streets - usually when I am going over an overpass it may think I'm on the road below. But, this is more of a function of the GPS hardware rather than the App. I also think it's very snappy in re-routing.

    I'm not exactly sure about each one, but I would go for the one that uses the least amount of RAM. Sure, the iPhone 4 has plenty of it, but it's still a limited resource and you don't know what you will need down the road (no pun intended).
     
  4. S1njin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought there would be more input here - I thought iPhone NAV apps would be a good/popular topic !
     
  5. skillz1318 macrumors regular

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    I've used both and prefer Navigon.

    It's only a 1 time fee for traffic and google search included in app is nice to find locations.

    Tom Tom is very nice and easy to use, but I prefer Navigon.
     
  6. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    Nice topic . . .

    Did any of your compare to CoPilot? That is the one I am using, but open to improvements!
     
  7. SFGiantsfan macrumors newbie

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    I have copilot and navigon ... and i like the navigon. Its a very good navigation software
     
  8. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I haven't tried TomTom, but I've had Navigon since day 1.

    Very happy with the features. Love the Google search and integration with the Where To? app.

    However, out of the 10 times (estimate) I've used it, it's lead me to a spot a few miles from my destination twice.
     
  9. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!
     
  10. Olivia23 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also in the market for a new gps software. I wish more people would comment on the Tom Tom vs Navigon because I'm not sure which to buy.

    Right now the reviews on Navigon are terrible because it's not compatible with ios4. I don't know about Tom Tom
     
  11. the-oz-man macrumors 6502

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    I'm a Navigon fan and bought it on day 1 as well. It's been very reliable for me and they come out with regular updates (seems like once a month or once every 2 months). It's great to be able to use it with multitasking, but I'm not sure the new update is out yet. I know someone else mentioned the google search integration. I'll add that it's not so "cluttered" with stuff you don't necessarily need. It's a clean setup. That's my 2 cents.
     
  12. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a

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    Copilot is cheap and does full uk postcodes
    It's a winner for me

    (I have navigon too)
     
  13. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    bought navigon 1day, they always seemed to be ahead of all the other apps feature wise but tomtom finally beat them to the punch with multitasking on os4. i still stand by navigon. i just dont like tomtom in general, i wish garmin would get into the iphone game.
     
  14. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    Been using Navigon for a while now and it performs wonderfully on the iPhone 4. I only see an upgrade making it even better. The fact that the official IOS4 version is not out yet should not discourage you from getting it.
     
  15. jjhny macrumors regular

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    Looking for latest info on TomTom and Navigon

    Just got the iPhone4. I'm looking at both apps now - have not bought one yet so I have no bias - I think TomTom started off badly and Navigon was way ahead, but looking at the feature set now I think they are at parity, although somewhat different approaches - both have google POI's now, both have different routes, both have the nice arrows for highway exits. Both fade the music down for voice directions.

    Lately I have read a few places that TomTom has more accurate maps in the USA, especially off the beaten track roads. That is an issue for me. Also, I think the older phones are having problems with the latest versions of both apps, so those reviews are of no help.

    One thing I have noticed is that the Navigon people are very vocal about it being better. I think that was true 6 months ago (TomTom looked pretty lousy back then - and it was) but it looks like that is no longer true now, as of the latest version.

    I wish someone who has used both (up to date versions) on the latest iphone (3GS or 4) can give a truly unbiased opinion.

    I am leaning towards TomTom because I like the larger text at the bottom of the display with more info - and the potential that their USA map set is better.
     
  16. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    I highly recommend Navigon.

    For those who think TomTom's maps are more accurate, Navigon's iOS 4 update will have updated maps along with some other new features. :) They have told me they'll be submitting it within a couple of weeks.
     
  18. Julien macrumors G3

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    Seems strange that Navigon made a BIG pre iOS4 production showing off their multitasking and TomTom said nothing. iOS4 comes out and TomTom's App hits the store and Navigon is still weeks away.:confused: Navigon usually is the leader in getting out the newest features but in iOS4 they have egg on their face.:(
     
  19. jimbnvirginia macrumors newbie

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    Looking for latest info on TomTom and Navigon

    I have owned the Tom-Tom version for the last six months with a 3G 16 GB and a Magellan Car kit. I use to have problems getting weak GPS signal. I preordered an iPhone 4, which has made a huge improvement. I do not get the weak signal message any more. The processor in the iPhone 4 makes the map recalculations almost instance. I really love the traffic updates that were added to Tom-Tom about 3 months ago. I am sorry but I have never Navigon.

    Jim
     
  20. S1njin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose we can't really compare until Navigon Revs ...

    How do both companies handle map updates? Is it a upDATE (meaning a free patch) or is it a upGRADE (meaning I have to cough some cash up)? Also, how frequently do they rev maps for these iPhone varients?
     
  21. cavemonkey50 macrumors 6502

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    So far, map updates have been free from both TomTom and Navigon. TomTom has updated their maps with every version update (so the maps have never been more than 1 quarter out of date), while this next update for Navigon will be the first time they've updated (current version is Q1 2009). While maps have been free so far, TomTom and Navigon have hinted at charging in the future, but neither company has given any details on either pricing or map update procedures.
     
  22. jjhny macrumors regular

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    Well that's the point. Navigon definitely was the best out there originally - TomTom was rather a mess.

    But now it looks like TomTom has caught up - the question is, will Navigon drop the ball. I just don't want to spend all that on something that is yesterday's story.

    And I saw that rumor that Navigon will be releasing an update soon - but will there be anything much more than a map update and multitasking support?

    Oh, one more thing. I want an app that has everything (all map data) with it, don't want to the downloading data all the time (I'm on the 200 MB plan) does anyone know which is the most standalone in this regard? I know they access google POI's but as far as maps, I don't want it needing the 3G network all the time.
     
  23. Julien macrumors G3

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    Keep in mind that Navigon is still a great App and doesn't "need" a bunch of new features (though I'll take them). Any incompatibility issues in iOS4 you have read about are related to the 3D extra costs plug-in and not Navigon App itself. Also Navigon and TomTom both are complete and don't use cell downloads (except for small amounts to add in location services and/or traffic info if you add/use it).
     
  24. Diode macrumors 68020

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    I have Navigon and wish I went with TomTom. TomTom's traffic and maps beat navigon hands down.
     
  25. jjhny macrumors regular

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    I think I may go with TomTom - still trying to see if Navigon is going to put something forward that will be worth it ($79 compared to $59 for TomTom).

    Wish there was a way to know when they will release an update.
     

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