Application of the week: TomTom

By Brandon Kroeckel
November 3, 2010

Everybody who drives wishes they had a GPS to help guide them to their destination without an issue. TomTom for Smartphones answers user’s prayers. TomTom is a full-fledged TomTom GPS on your mobile phone.

When you enter the application, you’re greeted with a clean and simple user interface that can be used in both portrait and landscape mode. The first option is your navigator. In this menu, you can tell the GPS to take you home, to a favorite address, an address not stored to your device, a recently entered destination, a local Google search, points of interest and more.

Another nifty feature is that TomTom can speak street names. For example, if you are driving from Cabrini towards the Blue Route, the first set of instructions would say “turn right, King of Prussia road, then at the end of the road, turn left, US 30 East Lancaster Avenue.” TomTom also lets you listen to music while you drive without disturbing the audio directions. Users can control their music using the built-in controls within the application or can enable multitasking and switch between the Smartphone and TomTom apps. TomTom is compatible with all models of the iPhone and iPod Touch. TomTom will set you back $50 but with the features included compared to a standalone GPS, the price is worth it. TomTom also offers a traffic service within the app to help avoid traffic. That feature will set you back an additional $20 per year.

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