TomTom iPhone Dock, anyone?

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  1. Sam Posten

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    As posted in the megathread, TomTom has pre-announced their new Dock based car connectivity kit for iPhone 3GS. Edit: looks like it will work with the stock 3G too!
    TomTom for iPhone
    The announcement text is here:
    TomTom?s announcement at WWDC
    No pricing has been announced and availability is listed simply as 'later this summer'
    The TomTom app itself should ship next week however!
    I know it's a dumb thing to be excited about but I was really impressed with the dock Ron has for his car and I think this will be an inexpensive but elegant way for me to integrate these capabilities into my own car. If it launches at $49 or less I am in for sure day 1, $99 and I will probably bite, over that and I'll wait for sales. Anyone else looking forward to this guy?
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    Thanks for the compliment, Sam.

    Uhm....

    You know what? My situation probably differs from yours.

    I have a Garmin unit which is certainly portable enough for me

    to move in and out of the car. Take it with me when I am flying

    and renting a car at my arrival location.

    I would guess that the Tom Tom iPhone app may be limited in

    features compared to a Garmin (or Magellan, etc.) device.

    Also, within the past year I thoroughly researched that Garmin and

    other nav devices before the purchase and as a whole the TOM TOM

    devices were not rated as well.
     
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    I use a TomTom now, and am happy with them. I have gotten decent results with it and the UI is different on the Garmin and Magellan but they are all pretty much the same to me.
    I meant your iPhone dock tho, not your GPS! I thought it was pretty slick mount set up.
     
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    I already have a TomTom GPS unit that I am happy with, so I will almosy certainly take a pass. Not sure how well iPhone functionality will work if say, you are driving somewhere and you have to take a phone call or play a quick game of Flight Control. JK on the latter. [​IMG]
    As for a Dock setup...I prefer my regular old run of the mill charger that uses a regular dock cable. When I occasionally leave my dock cable at the office, I can just go unplug the one in the car and use it at the house.
     
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    If it is properly designed, you should be able to answer the call and immediately switch back to the TomTom app while continuing to talk in the background.
     
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    I don't own a GPS unit so this interests me a great deal. Can't wait to see some of the first reviews.
     
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    http://www.9to5mac.com/tomtom-ipod-touch
     
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    Yowza...the dock has shown up for presale in the UK for something equivalent to US $175.
     
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    Quote:
     
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    http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4607.html

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/08/05/web_site_lists_tomtom_iphone_mount_for_99_00_168_50.html

    http://www.tuaw.com/2009/08/05/tomtom-for-iphone-pricing-leaked/

    http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/08/05/uk-retailer-offering-tomtom-car-kit-for-pre-order/

    I'm cautiously optimistic tho
     
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    It's starting to go live. $70 - $85 for just the US/canadian maps in the australia/NZ stores:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2009/08/16/tomtom-for-iphone-appears-in-new-zealand-app-store/

    I'll wait for the bundle.
     
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    It's out:
    http://www.iphonesavior.com/2009/08/tomtom-navigation-makes-us-app-store-debut-for-100.html

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/17/tomtom-navigation-for-iphone-3g-and-3gs-arrives/

    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/macworld/tomtomreleasesturnbyburnnavigationappforusandcanada

    http://gizmodo.com/5338746/tomtom-iphone-navigation-hits-us-and-canadian-app-store-for-100

    Video:
    http://recombu.com/news/tomtom-for-iphone-3g-and-3gs-satisfied-nav_M11050.html

    I LOVE that video's DIY dock!!! =)
     
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    Not so flattering review:
    http://shiftsolutions.net.au/2009/08/17/review-of-tom-tom-for-the-iphone/
     
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    Epistime discussion.

    http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/213002101041
     
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    iPhone as GPS is intriguing to me. I disagree with most every complaint from cheapskate, forum-kids. I'm quite willing to spend $100 to replace a $200 GPS unit. It would be a benefit to me to *not* have a separate, physical GPS unit, and instead have it rolled into an all-in-one unit; especially a phone that's always with me. Having dabbled with the iPhone and used my Garmin GPS, I expect the iPhone interface to be smoother and easier to use than the Garmin's.

    My concern is still how these hyper-integrated devices work when I'm driving with GPS and music and phone all at once.

    But I think turn-by-turn GPS is a big deal to the iPhone.
     
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    Agreed. I saw a forum post on Macrumors from someone who already has it -- Phone calls work as expected -- they kick in automatically, & return you to GPS when done, or you can background the call and stay with the GPS while talking. No voice instructions from the GPS while you are on a call. He didn't say anything about the iPod, but one would think it would behave similarly.
    Yes, I see this killing the stand alone GPS industry. If you can buy an iPhone ($99) plus Tom-Tom ($99) (other brands start as low as $29) for the same price as a stand alone Tom-Tom or Garmin, why would you even consider a stand alone GPS??
    Now where the &*^*(^(*&?!? is the universal remote industry? Do we need to wait for iPhone 4G when Apple builds in an IR transmitter for developer to get off their butts and start competing in that space?
     

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