I have been a happy user of TomTom satnav products since they first hit the market some ten years ago now. For the most part, that has meant dedicated hardware for in-car use. However, when I last [reviewed the TomTom app for the iPhone here at DaniWeb back in 2010](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/333687/edit-your-own-satnav-maps-with-tomtom-for-iphone) it got a perfect 10/10 rating, the upgraded software truly being that good. In that original review I briefly mentioned that TomTom has a car-kit available for the iPhone which would charge the battery on the move and provide a GPS boost for those poor-signal areas. It also acted as …

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This brand new update to the ever popular TomTom for the iPhone app (which has featured in the Apple 'top grossing apps' list since it was first released 18 months ago) adds one highly requested feature: Map Share. Why the big hurrah over one additional feature? Simple, it's a hugely important part of the TomTom feature set and long overdue in iPhone form. What Map Share does, and does brilliantly it has to be said, is allow users of the iPhone app to make changes to their own maps as well as benefit from the changes and updates made by …

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Some of us just want a satnav which tells us how to get from A to B while avoiding traffic congestion. Others, apparently, want a satnav that imitates SpongeBob SquarePants for reasons which, to be frank, are completely beyond me. After all, I don't live in a pineapple under the sea. Yet the market leader in satnav devices, TomTom, has today announced the availability of a SpongeBob SquarePants voice (following the success of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220616.html"]Homer Simpson satnav[/URL]) for users of its products. Indeed, the jovial press release even informs me that it will help users to navigate beyond Bikini Bottom. …

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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and a happy TomTom satnav in-car user, like many people I had been waiting for the iPhone TomTom application to arrive. The delays seemed to go on forever, and in the meantime other players had entered the market: both Navigon MobileNavigator and ALK CoPilot Live launched before TomTom got into the …

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CoPilot Live 8 Mobile Navigation on the iPhone has been a runaway success at the App Store, consistently keeping ahead of its TomTom rival in the 'top grossing' app charts at least in the UK Store. It arrived first and costs half as much as the TomTom app, but is it better? If you had asked me that question a month ago then the answer would have been a resounding no. Extensive testing showed up huge problems in keeping a GPS lock and the app even refused to start half the time I wanted it to. But then, just as …

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How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav? That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version of the market leading turn-by-turn satellite navigation system especially for the iPhone. Now, it seems, we are a little closer to knowing the answer. I just hope you are sitting down before I reveal it. According to one online retailer which has broken ranks and [URL="http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/2126/tomtom-for-iphone-inc-mount"]gone public[/URL] with pre-order pricing, if you want an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav in your car it will cost you a cool £113.85 ($193.75) which works …

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There is little doubt that when it comes to consumer satellite navigation devices, TomTom pretty much rules the roost. There is equally little doubt that in the past it has made some pretty serious mistakes, such as introducing the world to the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]first virus infection distributed by a satnav device[/URL]. But surely introducing the voice of Homer Simpson to announce your driving directions has to go down as the biggest mistake so far. Not a financial mistake, that's for sure. By doing a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Locutio Voice Technologies, TomTom has pulled off something of a …

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Where would we be without satnav? Good question, as most of us seem to have lost the ability to drive anywhere without some annoying slightly posh woman barking instructions at us every few minutes. Of course, satnav is not all gravy: who could forget the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1242.html"]crazy satnav directions[/URL] that led drivers wanting to travel between Swaledale and Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, England via the suitably named village of Crackpot. Along a steep and twisty unlit track, which runs along the edge of a sheer drop down a 100 foot cliff, the maps were sending people. And just to make matters …

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The story exposing how some TomTom satnav units had been sold complete with no less than three pieces of malware pre-installed which [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]broke right here[/URL] in the DaniWeb blogs last year was yesterday named 'Best Information Security News Story' at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Haymarket Hotel in London, England. DaniWeb administrator and staff writer, Davey Winder, who was responsible for investigating and writing the story in his '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/blog67225.html"]Inside Edge[/URL]' blog had a good day at the ceremony which is sponsored by BT: for the second time in three years, Davey was named as the Information Technology Journalist …

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I went to the demonstrations of the latest satellite navigation system from TomTom, and guess what - there's very little new to speak of in any of the devices. Yes, some of them have a wider screen than before and indeed I agree the new mounts for the dashboard are more elegant than the crane-like apparatus that one used to have to use. But they're satnavs. You tell them where to go and they guide you there. There's a community online to which you can submit amendments and corrections to maps. There are accessories. There are premium versions with US …

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The End.