• Sep 26, 2009

Though there are a number of navigation apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch through the App Store in Apple's iTunes, none had been anticipated more than the TomTom navigation app [iTunes link]. Available since August for $99.99, the app turns your Apple device into a fully functioning TomTom navigation system. Many potential buyers have been waiting, however, for the TomTom car kit that will not only allow your iPhone to be suction-cupped to a windshield just like a real third-party navigation system, but also includes a speaker and secondary GPS receiver for increased signal strength.

Our sister site TUAW has just learned that the TomTom car kit, which is scheduled to ship in October, will cost a cool US$119.95 or €99.95 in Europe, not including the cost of the app itself. This means if you want the whole set up for your car, that wallet in your back pocket will be US$219.94 lighter.

Our original hope was that TomTom would bundle the app itself with the cost of the car kit. Unfortunately that appears not to be the case, and the total cost of the app plus car kit now equals what you might pay for a mid-level third-party navigation system. Is it still worth all that money for an all-in-one device that can make phone calls, play music, play games and do a zillion other things on top of being a full fledged navigation system? Decide for yourself in the comments.

[Source: TUAW]



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      • 5 Years Ago

      Or download the Windows Mobile version from torrents and run it on a
      smartphone. $0. Not that I would do that myself, or counsel others to do so...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is of course is NOT a good idea, and NOT what I do myself. Also, I DON'T use this setup with a 10 dollar vent mounted cell phone holder...voila!

        Kudos to you, i was going to post the exact same thing! Great setup for $10...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its ok because HTC gave away TomTom on there phones for free. All you had to do is buy the maps (North America $30). I don't know if the new HTC's still come with the free navigator. I still use my HTC TyTn II and it works like a charm. I even updated it to the latest version a couple of month back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      totom 130 tts = $70 on amazon. no point in getting an in car system or this thing when gps is the next pocket calculator.

      fwiw, the so-called mid-level gps systems do not really offer much better usability. wowm the have bt or play mp3s...worthless options.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got a vent mount from eBay for around $12 including shipping. It keeps the iPhone in a great spot for GPS underneath the windshield. I've been using the Navigon GPS app, which has been great. Save your money!

      http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=iphone+vent+mount&_sacat=See-All-Categories
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is really too expensive for the service/product one would get. Comparable Garmin products are within that price range and have better navigation system while the iPhone itself is not bad in that on its own.

      My opinion:
      Too expensive for what this thing is offering! FAIL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or you could jailbreak your phone and have TomTom and Navigon and pick which one you wanted to use
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alls I'm gonna say is since apple fanboys are sheep and already pay up the yingyang they figured they'd do the same. lol Sorry iPhone users, it's true.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rip-Off.

        Some tasks are best divided into separate devices anyway. I find my iPhone is being overtaxed by all the different uses. It's a testament to its utility but for driving, another dedicated GPS unit is much better.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm all for jailbreaking, but is the blateny piracy support really necessary? Makes legitimate jailbreak users look bad.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah for that kind of money I'll get a devoted Nav.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I agree with you totally! It's a waste of money to spend it on an iPhone. Besides, I believe Garmin's better in terms of functionality and user friendliness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, 6th ave electronics usually has the tomtom 125 on sale for about $90 (if you don't know that's a complete gps unit, screen and all).
      All anyone dumb enough to buy this glorified phone holder for $120, is doing is justifying tomtom's absurd price tag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      God darnit, I really wanted this app. I would have gotten it if the whole thing was 100 bucks. Screw you Tom Tom! Eat sh!t, you'll never get my money!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Waze makes them all obsolete anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget the App, the fact that the car kit cost $120. That is way over price for some plastic and a plug. However lets get back to the App, a GPS unit will set you back on the low end $100 with the car kit. TomTom and Apple are charging premium GPS rate for a less than low end GPS unit. So what if the phone can do more, its mounted to your window, you cant do anything but answer a call. So what is the big deal again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um, yeah, how about no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For that $$ I think I'd rather just buy a whole new external device. That's insane. If anything make a bundle for $150 or $175 or something. But over $200 for both? GTFO.
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