Feeds
75%
TomTom iPhone Car Kit

TomTom iPhone Car Kit

Worth its Jobsian price tag?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

All in all, TomTom app for iPhone version 1.2 is a solid upgrade that answers many of the complaints that users had about earlier releases. The one problem it doesn't solve, however - and it's a big one - is price.

TomTom iPhone Car Kit

You'll have to splash the cash to stash the iPhone on your dash

Add the £100/$120 car kit to a £60/$100-or-so iPhone app, and you're talking serious money for what is, essentially, simply a well-equipped GPS unit - and one with a relatively small, if crisp, display. You can find the basics for less money from not only TomTom, but also such competitors as Garmin.

We'd also like to see apps that cover less territory and are therefore less expensive. Personally, we'd rather pay £18/$30 for just California than £60/$100 for the entire US and Canada - we have no plans to roam about Manitoba, for example, in the foreseeable future. But if we did, how about the opportunity for, say, a £5/$10 in-app purchase for turn-by-turn directions from Winkler to Winnipeg?

Verdict

If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, TomTom 1.2 coupled with the appropriate TomTom car kit will provide a satisfying satnav experience with niceties not found in lower-priced units. After all - as we said earlier - if you're already an iPhone owner, you're used to paying big money for top tech. ®

More GPS Reviews...


TomTom
Start

IDC Ecco
Personal

Garmin
Nüvi
1340T

Coyote
Mini

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

75%
TomTom iPhone Car Kit

TomTom iPhone Car Kit

The TomTom Car Kit - plus the firm's much improved software - makes for a very decent iPhone-based satnav. But dedicated units are cheaper.
Price: £100/$120 RRP

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER
Forget Sudoku, crunch SHA-256 algos
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault
Tooth embedded in thigh bone may tell who pulled the trigger
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?
Xavier's School for Gifted Magnetotaceans
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.