Ease of Learning: 3 / 5
Ease of Use: 3 / 5
Enjoyment: 3 / 5
Design: 4 / 5
Value for Money: .5 / 5
Reviewed by Juan Visser
The TomTom GPS Navigation App is one of the most expensive apps in the iTunes App Store. And if you are like me, you mostly enjoy the multitude of free apps available and maybe, now and then, peruse the Paid Apps section just to see what’s new. I don’t often buy apps, but when I do, it doesn’t cost $60… So I asked myself, what does this incredibly expensive app do for me that would cost $60? Will it make me coffee or fetch my slippers in the morning?
In all honesty, the TomTom GPS Navigation App has similar features to Google Maps, but with slightly more make-up on. Which is all fine, I can live with that, but what bothers me is that Google Maps is completely free and the TomTom GPS Navigation App is, well… not free.
Anybody with experience with both iPhone and Androids will know that iPhone has received the short end of the stick when it comes to Google maps, which is expected seeing as Google owns the Android platform. So it comes with fewer features, but unfortunately, the TomTom GPS Navigation App has not come to save the day.
So it does come with some cool features, such as route options; advanced planning; location sharing and even celebrity voice options. It is a well-built app and easy to use, but there’s just not enough to convince me that I should cough up the extra cash. Whilst some cool features are available, you will most likely have to pay extra for them – such as celebrity voices or HD live traffic updates (which has a monthly/annual subscription fee of $5.99 – 1 month/ $37.99 – 12 months).
Each optional voice you choose is an extra $5.99. I chose to give it a try and downloaded the Mr.Burns voice from The Simpsons. And although I got a kick out of being mocked all the way to my destination, I get reminded that I just paid $5.99 for someone to shout directions at me.
The other celebrity voices available are: Wallace & Gromit, Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Darth Vader, Yoda, C3PO, Han Solo and a heap of others.
Just like most apps these days, TomTom offers integration with social media, linking up your location with Facebook and Twitter. The outcome of this feature is not as great as one might think, as it lets everybody to know where you’ve been and immediately checks you in when you arrive at your destination. This makes stalking people on Facebook much, much easier. Luckily you can turn this feature off if you want.
In the end, it is a well-made app and works very efficiently. It comes with a multitude of features and hilarious voices for you to choose from. Unfortunately, the overall price of the app, plus the price of in-app purchases makes it undesirable. Unless you have spare cash, and haven’t bought the new Angry Birds In Space yet (plus 59 other games), this won’t appeal to you!