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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: what is the difference between android tomtom and a tomtom Reply with quote

I'm looking at either buying a 1005 unit or just get the software for my xperia T, what is the difference in the software.

Also looking at the cost of the maps , software and HD live is it almost cheaper to buy a 1005 and it had free map updates and three years live/HD free.

What are peoples thoughts
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Map updates are free on Android but HD traffic requires a subscription.

In theory, routing should be the same for either but I after trying it again (following the software update) I still don't find it as easy to follow a route on my SGS3 as I did on the 550. The problem is that the map is zoomed quite a long way out by default so seeing where you are & where you're going isn't easy, in 2D mode anyway.

I usually use the car's built in Sat Nav, purely out of convenience, but if I was going to be using a TomTom most of the time, I would want to use it either on a Nexus 7 etc or a dedicated pnd, not on a phone.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The routing is similar on both devices.

Points in TT for Android's favor:
- Android devices have much more powerful hardware, so the user interface and HD traffic connection is much quicker on TT for Android.
- If you already carry your phone everywhere, then you only have one item in your pocket, rather than two items.
- TT for Android integrates with Google maps, so you can search using Google POI and use Google voice search, and route with Tomtom.
- TT for Android integrates with your phone contacts, so you can route to them conveniently

Points in the 1005's favor:
- The easyclick mount is very convenient for mounting/unmounting your phone
- The volume on a 1005 is louder than most smartphones
- HD traffic is included for a few years (depending on country)
- Tomtom for Android's driving view has bugs in the zooming. 3D zooms in too much (upcoming turns move offscreen) and 2D zooms too little (you can't see turns well in urban areas) - hopefully this is fixed in a future update
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest the 1005, unless you don't want a second lump.

PNDs are generally superior for navigating, dedicated device, not a bit of software added to your phone. And with free maps and HD Traffic for three years, that's the lifetime of the device.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I'd suggest a tablet over a PND. a 7" Tablet makes a superb in-car navigator, large screen, faster and all the benefits of a tablet for less cash if you choose the WiFi only version or a few quid more for the cellular version (Google Nexus 7)
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other thing to consider with the phone solution is the cost of a decent powered mount which could be in the region of 50 you don't want the phone flying about in the car if you hit the brakes and to use a phone for GPS apps it really needs to be powered from the car otherwise any trip over an hour will flatten the battery on most smart phones - Mike
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes a powered mount for the phone is essential. I have had problems on my old iPhone, even with the power on.

My wife has a newer phone and the external power is plenty.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a cheap $5 vent mount for my Galaxy S3, and then plug in the microusb using the Tomtom VIA microUSB car charger.

I agree that the app needs lots of power (2.1A charger is recommended), but I think many solutions are possible for far less than 50.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been offered a good deal on a Ipad mini (with GPS) and I was wondering is the TomTOm software the same as on a android phone and has anybody used a Ipadmini for car nav????
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I switch back and forth between the TomTom App using a Samsung Galazy Note (for large screen display) and a TomTom PND

The PND is simpler to mount and connect, quicker start up and doesn't throw me if a call comes in

Tablets are just too large for my liking, even my 7" Galaxy Tab just feels wrong (to me) with a 6" Start 60 being about optimum

If you use it occasionally the app is the way forward, to daily multi-trip use, I would stick to a PND
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I no longer use my GO 1000, in favour of of my Samsung S2.

S2 is cheaper to renew the Live services.

My phone contract is unlimited, so data useage is not an issue.

Maps are free on Android for life.

Camera Alert on Android is very good. Better than dedicated satnav warnings.

The new TomTom satnavs are 300, so you may as well just buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 for 500 which gives you a phone in addition to just a boring satnav device.
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