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TomTom for iOS gets iCloud support and free maps for life

TomTom has always been a primary provider of decent GPS solutions for mobile devices. But with the launch of Google Maps for iPhone, in addition to the existing turn-by-turn navigation solution from Apple in iOS 6, dedicated GPS apps are becoming a tougher sell.

TomTom’s update to version 1.13 for iOS brings iCloud backup to store personal settings in the cloud if the app ever needs to be reinstalled or transferred to another device. It also delivers new maps as a part of TomTom’s free map service, which allows four updates per year.

There are also offline maps, something that neither Apple nor Google provides at this time, and a 30 day traffic update trial ($19.99/year normally). The app itself is on sale for $39.99 for full US and Canada offline maps for a limited time.

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  • Sean

    Nokia also provides offline maps for all WP8 devices.
    Frankly I can see it being an even harder sell since they do the free navigation in iOS maps and Google maps is now out there

    • Tom

      I have a feeling they’ll be facing stiffer competition from their own TomTom GPS devices. If you factor in the cost of a car charger and a windshield mount on top of the app cost, it’s hard to recommend over a real GPS.

  • john

    Offline maps is nice but i always keep a map in my car incase i’m in an area with slow/no data. I so far have never needed to use it.

  • stalemate

    “There are also offline maps, something that neither Apple nor Google provides at this time…”

    Google’s offline maps have been available since last summer.

    Oopsy.

    • Mario Gaucher

      Offline maps in Google Maps can not be used to route or reroute your way. You absolutely have to be online to search for an new destination or to reroute if you take an other street/road.

    • crimsona

      Google Nav requires data to search for a new destination, but unlike the comment above, it is able to do simple rerouting if you’re not going too far off the original route (ie miss a turn). For example, if you were heading down Granville St in Vancouver towards Oak st bridge and was supposed to turn onto 41st Ave but missed the turn, offline Google nav can reroute you to 49th Ave instead.

  • screamer

    Used offline maps on my galaxy s3 I need to load the map over wifi and that’s it

    • Tom

      That has been possible even on the 2nd gen iPod touch on OS 3.0. It’s useful for getting your bearings within a small area that your phone can cache. On the Touch, you can see your position offline just by being in range of wifi networks without actually connecting to them.

      What this can’t do, is serve as an offline GPS for a long road trip or something.

  • Vik071

    The article is about iOS, not Android…

  • Tom

    Online or offline, if you intend to use it for driving I find that every smartphone I’ve tried just can’t compare to a good old $99 or less Garmin GPS. It’s not the mapping – it’s the weaker GPS receiver and the glare on the screen if you mount it to your windshield. Yes, I’m aware that assisted GPS gets a lock within seconds, but if you’re roaming or simply don’t have coverage (i.e. between Vancouver and Jasper for most of Highway 1) the actual GPS part is kinda slow to get a lock.

    I once wasted $10 on a clamp to mount my phone to my windshield, and in bright sunlight it really was quite difficult to see the map. This is true of pretty much any device where you can use the screen as a mirror when it’s off. With a dedicated GPS, the screen is anti-glare and not affected by bright sunlight.

    Considering that the Tomtom app costs $50 – and doesn’t come with a car charger or a windshield clamp – a dedicated GPS is still a better buy (every single one has a clamp and a car charger as-standard). Unless you have a USB port in your car and/or you ask your passenger to hold your phone for you, you’ll actually be spending at least another $20 on top of what you pay for the app.

    Of course, when you’re on foot in a big city, then smartphone maps are useful and you’re likely to have data or wifi coverage, making offline GPS apps not so useful.

  • Test

    iOS Appstore has this TomTom US+Canada listed for $49.99, not sure where MobileSyrup got the $39 price. The link in the article brings up iTunes store, $49.99

  • TK

    The app itself is on sale for $39.99 for full US and Canada offline maps for a limited time. I guess it is really limited time ’cause i clicked it, its $49.99

  • freestaterocker

    Nokia Drive is fully offline turn by turn navigation, with free offline maps. Available for every WP8 device, including my Samsung Ativ S!!

  • Tony Evans

    Unfortunately Nokia Drive + does not support live traffic or safety cameras in the UK yet.

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