TomTom for iPhone and iPhone 4 was the second iPhone GPS (Global PositioningSystem) application to come to the App Store.
It was the first to come from a very known name in the stand alone portable GPS devices.
application is simple and easy to navigate and use. TomTom is full of features and options that you can easily find
many details about your route.
Its integration with the iPhone contacts is nice, and the Advanced
Planning feature is impressive.
TomTom lacked a fundamental
issue with sound notification and the iPod music when running in the
There is no option that allow you to control the sound that is being played in the background.
The landscape view for Tomtom for iPhone and iPhone 4 is clear,
and you can use the plus and minus buttons at the top to zoom in and out. Tapping the bottom
portion of this screen will trigger the voice notification.
When you start the iPhone application, you will get a big list of
navigation options. The Navigate To button is probably the first button
you would tap to start your navigation.
You will have
the option to go Home, pick a
distention from your Favorite,
enter an Address, select a Recent Destination,
search by name from Point of Interest,
locate a Point on Map, or
finally select one from your iPhone Contacts.
Once you select your
destination, another screen shows up just before you
start the route calculation. This screen allows you to choose your preferred route
or the method used to go to
You can choose, the Fastest or
Shortest route. You
can also select
if you are Walking or Biking to your destination.
selecting walking or biking will give you a route that avoids highways,
and other roads with no walk or side road for bicycles.
The last option which is Limited Speed,
allows you to create your route
taking roads of the specified speed limit that you enter.
finish selecting your Route Type,
route calculation will start, and the Route
Summary screen will appear showing you your route summary. It
shows you the method used, the
time and distance to reach your distention.
At the bottom of this screen, you can choose more Options before you
start the route.
route Options screen provide
many ways of displaying your route. Find Alternative
will calculate another rout to the same destination. Just repeat this
process by tapping Options,
then Find Alternatives,
and then the method, Fastest
for example. A new Fastest route will be
alternative you can also add a middle destination by
tapping Travel Via. This gives
you the option to force a specific route by passing through a city or a
destination that you want. Also, you can Avoid a
road , or Avoid Part of Route
if for example you know that a road is
closed or there are construction in part of the route.
Tap Avoid Part of Route, and a
step by step instruction displays all the roads in your route and
allow you to select any road to avoid from your list.
TomTom for iPhone will
recalculate your new route without the road you just removed.
From the Rout Options screen
you can also display route Instructions.
screen shows you a step by step break down of how to get from where you
are to your destination. This is pretty neat, and quick confirmation
that you are going to where you want.
Finally, Map of Route shows
you the rout of your trip, and then you can
find a point of interest on the map to get an idea how far the point
from your route. Tap the magnifying
glass and enter your point by Address,
or from your favorite or recent destination from the Find
the home Menu of TomTom for
iPhone, the Enable Sound
enables or disables the voice notifications.
The Night Colors will quickly
switch between daytime and night time for better display on your iPhone
screen. Also, 2D Map button
allows you to switch
Advanced Planning is one of the uniquefeatures of TomTom for the
iPhone. It calculates the route between any two points. You select point A and then Point B, it then finds the distance and time it takes from point A to point
The Advanced Planning is a
slick feature that you
can only find in desktop map applications. Once you select the original
location and final destination, you can enter the time you want to
start your route, but entering time is unnecessary, so just
tap Prepare Route to start the
The Route Summary screen will
show up and you can see
all the details about your Route, the time it will take to get from
point A to point B, the distance, and the method of traveling. Again
you can access the Options
menu from here to select an
route, or get the instructions,
or Map of Route just as was
in the main menu allows you to find points on the map by
either tapping on the screen to pick a point, Or by finding a location
by tapping the magnifying glass, and then entering the point you want
manually from the many options available
in the Find menu.
from the home Menu allow you
add or remove favorite destinations. Tap the Add Favorite
button, and then enter the address or your current location to your
like the Call POI allow you to
search for a name of a
place, and get the phone number
if you want to call a destination for example.
TomTom also provides an optional car kit, which is an iPhone accessory that mounts, charges, and improves your audio and GPS iPhone signal of TomTom for iPhone. It is an all in one iPhone car mount that cost $119.
TomTom for iPhone Settings:
Settings button is where you modify your default TomTom for iPhone settings.
For example, you can set the location of Home, the Voicelanguage, and the Map colors.
Moreover, you can choose to display streets names on the map, and what type of POI you want to show on the map.
Also, you can select your distance units from Miles or Kilometers.
Your default route planning is also set
For example, which roads you always want to avoid, and what method to
use as default when you start your route planning.
Finally, you can tap the Reset to
Default button to reset all