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TomTom Navigation App Finally Released For Android. Worth The Cash?

Eric McBride
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Well it certainly took long enough, but it’s finally arrived. TomTom, a global leader in automotive navigation systems, has finally released their app for Android, which offers detailed driving navigation for multiple countries, turn by turn voice guidance, 3D views, and the promise of lifetime updates. I used to have a TomTom in my car, and their devices definitely get the job done. But why should you use it instead of Google Maps? I mean after all, Google offers navigation and a great map system for free right?

As freakin awesome as Google Maps is for navigation, there’s one thing it doesn’t (yet) offer that TomTom does. Offline navigation. I made the mistake of using Google Maps too often when I was on vacation in Italy last year, and ended up with a whopping 600 Euro phone bill. TomTom uses an onboard solution that allows you to download an entire region, like West Europe for example, directly to your device, meaning that you don’t need an internet connection to use it (would be nice if you somehow could in a way, just to get brief/more detailed live traffic reports).

The app isn’t cheap, but considering my phone bill in Italy, it’s worth the money. The app will cost you between 35 and 49 Euros (45 to 63 US dollars) depending on the region you wish to purchase. So far on Google Play, I can see that Poland, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey, New Zealand, Europe, South East Asia, Greece, Brazil, and North America are all available for download. 

But before you head to Google Play to buy this app, you should know that as of right now, there’s a pretty stupid catch to it: It only currently works on devices running at 800 x 480 or 854 x 480 resolutions. While TomTom plans to update and add to the list of compatible resolutions, it means that as of right now, phones like the Galaxy Nexus, GS3, HTC One X, and many others can’t use the app just yet. That being said, I expect that TomTom will update this soon, although I honestly find it a bit stupid to release the app with such a limited amount of screen resolutions it can run on.

What I sincerely hope is that this app being released will give Google more motivation to hurry up and release an updated Google Maps with offline navigation. If that happens, TomTom could have a hell of a time competing with Google.

If you you have a compatible phone and want to pick up the app, they can be found here. Just be sure that you look out for fake TomTom apps, as there are many of them (the real deal always has “TomTom International BV as the developer).

Picture credits: mylifescoop.com (edited by myself)

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  • Anna F. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    I use Sygic and wouldn't change it for anything :)

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    Christopher Silva Oct 4, 2012 Link

    The great thing about Android and Google is that we really do not need TomTom.. We have lots of options, but our good ole Maps is such a good solution that I am not sure I would need to spend money on TomTom....

    On the other hand, Apple is in need of some Map love, TomTom could make some quick cash in the iOS world.

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  • jesus corona Oct 5, 2012 Link

    holly shit to much money

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  • Robert Jansen Oct 5, 2012 Link

    Luckily my data plan let's me use data in most of Europe from the same bundle for the same price as back home so I don't need any of this offline stuff.

    That said, don't like TomTom's GUI that much (even though I'm dutch).

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  • Robert Jansen Oct 5, 2012 Link

    Oh and can someone ban this spamming dude? :-)

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    Christopher Silva Oct 5, 2012 Link

    Robert, I kicked him. thanks

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  • Eric McBride Oct 5, 2012 Link

    @Anna - I've never used it...is it good?

    @Christoper - True, but not if you are traveling in a roaming zone. Google really needs to roll out their offline navigation solution. That would stop TomTom dead in their tracks (and thanks for banning that guy so quickly :-D)

    @Jesus - It is, but if you travel a lot, I think it could be worth it. Don't be like me and end up with a 600 euro phone bill!

    @Robert - I can use data in a lot of europe, but it's very limited. That's what makes this a bit more interesting for me. But yeah, I also am not a big fan of the UI.

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  • Anna F. Oct 5, 2012 Link

    @Eric Yeah it's pretty good! It's fast, it has a gorgeous UI and it's very accurate :)) I'm never afraid of getting lost. It can take me absolutely everywhere and it's very easy to use. Oh, it also has an amazing 3D mode.

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  • red Oct 8, 2012 Link

    I didn't like Google Maps after long use of Tom Tom on my Palm Centro many moons ago. Tom Tom app didn't get out fast enough for me so I ditched Maps and bought the Tom Tom sat nav device last year. I really like Tom Tom. Funny how we get used to something and prefer not to change.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 8, 2012 Link

    @Anna - I will give it a look!

    @Red - I know what you mean. I actually like Google Maps and Tomtom a lot. TomTom is a bit more reliable for driving right now for me, as it can redirct better than Google can if there are blocked roads. It's better at alternate routes.

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  • Ilgaz Oct 8, 2012 Link

    I believe Sygic guys also uses tomtom database Eric but you need to double check. Sygic's amazing feature is, it can run flawless even on Huawei u8650 (check its specs) so you aren't without navigation even on cheaper, backup phone.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 9, 2012 Link

    @lgaz - thanks for that! I ll check it out!

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