TomTom Arrives In Apple's iPhone App Store

Satnav giant TomTom has officially launched an Application for Apple's iPhone and will be available for £60 at the popular online store as from today.

Navigon and Copilot have already released their Satnav applications for the iPhone and TomTom's version - which was first demoed at Apple's WWDC - costs roughly twice as much slightly more although it packs some nice features to justify the price.

Amongst those are the IQ Routes technology which compares your planned journey to a database of "best case scenarios" compiled by TomTom users, automatic re-routing, a safety camera database for a number of European countries, point of interest searching as well as full iPhone optimisation (that includes pinch and zoom in as well as multitouch functionality).

The basic version with UK and Ireland maps will cost £60 while the Western European version costs £80. Obviously those are fixed prices and won't be discounted in the short term.

In addition, you will be expected to fork out an estimated £50 for the optional, TomTom approved, docking cradle which should be launched in a few weeks time.

The current version does not support the iPod Touch or first generation iPhones, something that TomTom will apparently solve "soon". You can download it from the App store through this link.

In comparison, the Garmin Nuvi 200 Satellite Navigation System UK costs a mere £60 from Amazon including VAT and delivery.

Our Comments

"With TomTom for iPhone, millions of iPhone users can now benefit from the same easy-to-use and intuitive interface, turn-by-turn spoken navigation and unique routing technology that our 30 million portable navigation device users rely on every day," said Corinne Vigreux, managing director of TomTom, in a statement. Still we say that it is slightly too expensive given the cost of standalone Satnav devices.

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