Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

TomTom iPhone Dock, anyone?


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
212 replies to this topic

#1 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted June 09 2009 - 12:30 AM

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?

Sam

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#2 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted June 09 2009 - 12:49 AM

Tech roundup:
Video: Apple partners with TomTom to bring "real" navigation to iPhone

Check the comment on this year old post from yesterday:
http://www.mobilewha....one-situation/

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#3 of 213 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul



  • 40,283 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted June 09 2009 - 03:29 AM

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.

 

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

 Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders  Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

 Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive Click Here for our complete DVD review archive

 Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule  Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#4 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted June 09 2009 - 03:32 AM

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.

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#5 of 213 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul



  • 40,283 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted June 09 2009 - 03:35 AM

Quote:
I meant your iPhone dock tho, not your GPS! I thought it was pretty slick mount set up.

Oh I knew what you were referring to.

I remember you looking at it when we drove to the airport.

 

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

 Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders  Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

 Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive Click Here for our complete DVD review archive

 Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule  Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#6 of 213 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

Michael_K_Sr

    Screenwriter



  • 1,346 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 14 2005
  • Real Name:MichaelK
  • LocationChicago 'burbs

Posted June 09 2009 - 04:00 AM

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. Posted Image

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.

#7 of 213 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

Ted Todorov

    Screenwriter



  • 2,895 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 17 2000

Posted June 09 2009 - 05:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael_K_Sr
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
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.
Hold on tightly, let go lightly.

 


#8 of 213 OFFLINE   Todd H

Todd H

    Go Dawgs!



  • 2,057 posts
  • Join Date: May 27 1999
  • Real Name:Todd
  • LocationGeorgia

Posted June 09 2009 - 05:45 AM

I don't own a GPS unit so this interests me a great deal. Can't wait to see some of the first reviews.

#9 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted June 12 2009 - 06:46 AM

The plot thickens, no way this guy is gonna sell for below $99, i'm guessing $149 now.

Mac Forums - View Single Post - TomTom and Navigon Bringing Turn-by-Turn GPS Car Navigation to iPhone

The whole thread is interesting actually
http://forums.macrum...ad.php?t=716277

Sam

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#10 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 13 2009 - 01:50 PM

http://www.9to5mac.c...mtom-ipod-touch

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#11 of 213 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

Michael_K_Sr

    Screenwriter



  • 1,346 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 14 2005
  • Real Name:MichaelK
  • LocationChicago 'burbs

Posted August 05 2009 - 04:11 AM

 Yowza...the dock has shown up for presale in the UK for something equivalent to US $175.

#12 of 213 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

Ted Todorov

    Screenwriter



  • 2,895 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 17 2000

Posted August 05 2009 - 09:27 AM

Quote:

#13 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 05 2009 - 12:32 PM

http://www.daniweb.c.../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

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#14 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 16 2009 - 05:20 AM

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.

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#15 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 16 2009 - 11:55 PM

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!!! =)


I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#16 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 17 2009 - 01:15 AM

Not so flattering review:
http://shiftsolutions.net.au/2009/08/17/review-of-tom-tom-for-the-iphone/

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#17 of 213 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

Ted Todorov

    Screenwriter



  • 2,895 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 17 2000

Posted August 17 2009 - 05:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Posten View Post

Not so flattering review:
http://shiftsolution...for-the-iphone/
One should point out that the complaints are specific to Australia.  It remains to be seen if the US version is plagued by any similar problems.


Hold on tightly, let go lightly.

 


#18 of 213 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,879 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 17 2009 - 06:01 AM

Epistime discussion.

http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/213002101041

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#19 of 213 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,121 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted August 17 2009 - 07:37 AM

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.


#20 of 213 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

Ted Todorov

    Screenwriter



  • 2,895 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 17 2000

Posted August 17 2009 - 08:06 AM



Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
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.
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?


Hold on tightly, let go lightly.

 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users