TomTom Australia Navigation App Review (iOS, $49.99)

  • Category: Navigation
  • Publisher: TomTom
  • Updated: Aug, 17 2009
  • Version: 1.16
  • Size: 253.38 MB

Languages: Afrikaans, NB, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Seller: TomTom

- LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom app update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.

- NEW iOS7-STYLE DESIGN: the app has been refreshed so it fits better with the all-new design of iOS7. Clean, fresh icons, fonts and menus and a translucent status bar make the app feel every bit iOS7 as can be.

Customer Ratings

All Versions:
40 Ratings


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Last minute plans? With the TomTom Navigation app, driving somewhere new couldn’t be easier. You’ve always got your iPhone with you, so navigation’s close at hand. And losing signal is not a problem, because the app works not only online, but offline too. This saves you money on data roaming costs, and you’ll have constant access to the same maps, technology and world-class navigation as on our GPS navigators. It’s the app that drivers can rely on.

Only the TomTom Navigation app offers all this:

›› Voice-guided turn-by-turn car navigation. Find your way the easy way with with clear voice instructions and a 2D or 3D view of the route ahead. Including automatic rerouting if you miss your turn.

›› Advanced Lane Guidance. Gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.

›› TomTom Offline Maps. Maps are stored on your iPhone or iPad – so you don't need a mobile data connection or large mobile data plan.

›› FREE Lifetime Maps. Download 4 or more full updates every year for the life of your app.

›› FREE Daily Map Changes. Benefit from shared daily map corrections from our 20 million strong Map Share community.

›› IQ Routes. The fastest routes, the most accurate and reliable arrival times - at all times of day.

›› Traffic. Drive with world-class traffic information (available via in-app purchase). (1)

›› FREE Offline Safety Cameras. Pre-installed and updated with every app release

›› Spoken Street Names. Helping you to keep your eyes on the road.

›› Powerful search. Search for destinations with TomTom Places, Facebook™ and foursquare™.

›› Multitasking support. Clear turn-by-turn guidance while on the phone.

›› Seamless integration. Integrates easily with your iPhone/iPad contacts, photos, music, email, browser, calendar, iCloud and maps.

For all features and full descriptions please see

- AU.

- The TomTom Navigation app requires a GPS signal. 3G-enabled iPads, iPhone 3GS, and later models have an internal GPS receiver. Users of non-3G iPads and iPod touch 4th gen and later models will require an external GPS receiver. The original iPhone, iPhone 3G, original iPad, original iPod touch and iPod touch 2nd/3rd gen are not supported.
(1) Check for availability per country. Services are available via in-app purchase and require a mobile phone connection. Your operator may charge you for the data used and costs may be significantly higher when used abroad. Services can only be used on one device at the same time. If you want to use your subscription to a different device, restore your purchases in the TomTom Shop on your preferred device.
- Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
- Photos can only be used for navigation if you have enabled Location Services in the Camera application.

Customer Reviews

  • Recent Update

    by Medical Rep

    Following the review from Samthedentist, I also am having similar trouble with the names of cities and streets not bring mentioned. Also, could any routes crossing Sydney Harbour say 'bridge' or 'tunnel'? The whole 'keep right then keep left' isn't very helpful.

  • Excellent GPS

    by GaryWiz

    I have been using a Garmin Nuvi for years as a standalone device, and this app has convinced me that I will never have to buy another standalone again. Pros: - Excellent user interface, easy to use - Plenty of route options. Manual recalculation, rerouting, changing type of route during navigation - Great integration with Google so that local addresses can be used or known Google searches can be relied upon - Fantastic "offline" capability. When we are out of 3G range, it is nice to be able to rely upon having an excellent built-in map. Even the POV list is excellent, including minor businesses and important restaurants and petrol stations. You never know how important this is until you find yourself lost or trying to find a place to eat in an area with no coverage. - The Tom Tom car kit integration is fantastic. The car kit has a loud and clear speaker and a supplemental GPS receiver. The entire package is a quality combo - Never interferes with driving and has a clear legible display. You can instantly zoom in with two fingers with minimal distraction, and the Tom Tom gradually returns to the wide view after a while so you don't have to fiddle with it. Great design and overall shows a tremendous amount of consideration for the driving experience. - Users can contribute map errors using a very simple and well-designed interface. - Regular updates arrive automatically without having to update the app. - So far, great update policy. - Very reliable. We have had no crashes so far. Cons: - While you can use the phone during driving, it is sometimes confusing. It's worth practicing at placing and taking calls while you're standing still so you can get used to what is expected. - There are not a lot of GPS gizmos. For example, there is no good trip meter. I miss the screen on my Garmin where I had a lot of data about our travelling speed, average speed, etc. - It is annoying having to pair the device with the car kit. I wish it "just worked" when you plugged it in. - While the built-in "auto zoom" features are excellent for normal use, it would be nice if there were a "zoom lock" to keep a particular view all the time. The auto zoom is remarkably good, perhaps they felt that giving people more control may just lead to greater drive-time distractions. (Apparent) myths: - I have heard people complain that reception without the car kit is spotty. We have not found this to be true at all. In fact, in a pinch, we put the device in a cup holder and even when driving into country Victoria we have had no coverage problems. If the car kit indeed improves reception, even better, but our experience has been flawless over about 10000km of use with or without the kit. - We use an iPhone 4 and have had no battery drain problems. While it's true that we use the car kit most of the time, at times when we have used the device on batteries, we have seen no unreasonable drain. Other GPS apps (such as the Motion GPS and the trail tracking programs) appear to use noticeably more battery power than the Tom Tom does. However, it obviously does decrease battery life when using it for full time navigation as the display is on constantly.

  • TomTom App & Car Kit

    by Billeeeeeeeeeee

    The app works well but people should know - hard to find this info - that the app draws more power than the TomTom car kit can deliver. Haven't tested how long it takes to discharge but be warned.

  • No real time traffic, unfair

    by Innnnnnn

    No HD and real time traffic in this edition as other countries edition. Unfair!!! Please add it. I know you could .I have seen many gps with this function in the shop, includes tomtom.please it is really useful when we met a traffic jam unfortunately. It deserve five star if there is such function added.

  • Great!

    by bewdymate

    Works so well that I'm not going to bother with a standalone GPS any more. Recommended!

  • Great, but volume control through dock connector needs to work.

    by Craig Rispin

    I'm getting rid of my old GPS unit because this is so good. Just wish it wasn't so loud compared to the music and that the volume control through the dock worked. Also I'd love to be able to install voices, custom POI sets and other things like the stand-alone TomToms. I'd recommend it if you can live with the above.

  • Best GPS available - but a few bugs...

    by shogun_samurai

    I've used quite a few of the available GPS apps and I can honestly say that this is the best out there in terms of usability. Some of the other competitor's apps have big usability issues, and seems like clunky ports of their existing software to the iPhone. This TomTom app seems to be written from the ground up to be iPhone friendly. The issues that I have with this first version, however are: - The volume control for the voice overs doesn't work when plugged into a dock connector (like the one that you might plug into your car, for example). This makes it really annoying when you're trying to listen to some music at the same time, and then because the audio from the GPS is highly compressed (dynamic range compression), it deafens you. So you're left either listening to the whisper of music, or being deafened by the volume control. The volume control works when the dock connector is not plugged in, however. For reference, I'm using a 32GB iPhone 3GS. - The font size of the readout down the bottom is too small. On some of the other GPS apps out there, the font size is nice and big and readable. - The speed limit in particular is too small. They have a a nice 32/60 km/h readout. But trying to focus in on the "60" (which is your current speed limit), is just too small. I much prefer the read out on other GPS's which have a big red speed limit sign posted on the top right of the GPS display, that also gives you a warning when you're over the speed limit. All in all, this is a great app. And it will be come my GPS of choice. I really hope they fix up these little niggly bugs. It's a little big annoying given that they've had so many years to produce this software, but, I give them 4/5 stars until then.

  • HD Traffic not working

    by paulB1961

    Since upgrading to iphone5 and reinstalling the app for Australia, HD traffic is not working. It says it restored my purchase but I get the "spinning bars of death" forever and the 12 month subscription to HD traffic will not activate. Naturally I have been charged for it on iTunes but not receiving the service. Useless not having traffic info in Sydney so, Not happy Tom Tom :-( Will delete and go buy a Garmin Nuvi dash mount. Bye Tom Tom .... X

  • Newest version introduced a few major bugs

    by SamTheDentist

    Update - Dec 8th - Down to 1 star: Installed latest update only to find my traffic info was "unable to update". I have a traffic subscription which expires in Feb 2013 so thought something must be wrong. I contacted TomTom support and was told O can't transfer my subscription to my "new" phone and that I would need a new subscription. Attempts to get a refund on the remaining time on the subscription failed. I've submitted a complaint to the BBB and Apple, but likely nothing will come of it. I've recommended TomTom to a huge number of people over the years. To those who subscribed for HD traffic at my advice, I'm sorry. If you are looking for a navigation app for your iPhone, lo elsewhere. Uninstalled the TomTom app today. Update Dec 3rd: -Traffic Updates isn't working -TomTom places search is useless and 18-24 months out of date (no way to submit corrections to list data). -Considering uninstalling (Nov 29th 2012 update): IMPORTANT! This version removed the google places search function and replaces it with a far inferior "TomTom" searchz. 4 of my 5 first searches were wrong. Remember, most of Apple Maps' data came from TomTom so it is clear the quality of their Australian database is terrible. Problems with missing words have been addressed. GPS still makes mistakes getting onto Sydney Harbour Bridge from city (my car's satnav does too). Without google search I'm lowering score to 2/5 stars for this latest version Aug 21, 2012 update: I've been using TomTom Auatralia on and off for the last year and for the most part it has performed very well. Last week (Aug 21) an update came through that introduced a major issue. The names of towns and some street names are no longer prompted. As an example, I was driving to the Sydney CBD and TomTom prompted me to "Follow the F6 towards" and then silence. In previous versions it would say the city name. It is very annoying. Another issue I have with the TomTom app relates to adding a stopover point on a previously started trip, say you're driving along the highway and need to refuel. If you try to search for a petrol station from the Points of Interest section it will show you a list of stations based on distance including behind you. It would be nice if the list were to consider your route and show you the options available to you in a more logical way. I'd be much happier to drive an extra bit to not have to leave my current route. TomTom has a pretty good idea of where I'm heading and should be able to plan accordingly.

  • No longer working

    by David Lea

    Since the upgrade after iOS 6 every time I open the app it goes straight to a browse map blank screen and then crashes.

  • The new 1.2 version does not even load

    by chubefresh

    App was working perfectly for months now. Just upgraded to the latest 1.2 version and it shows the TomTom splash screen, then goes back to the iPhone finder. It's broken. DOES NOT LOAD. I would not recomend upgrading just yet.

  • does the job,but need lots of improvement

    by -Zer0-

    i'm fan of tomtom on my wm system, however i feel completely disappointed with tomto for iphone.crash a lot!!!!fix it tomtommmm. i would recommend s*gic at the moment.

  • App doesn't work in central Sydney!!!

    by Fullyest

    I bought the app on the release date and have been trying to use it in any way possible. I have full signal and am in Sydney city and only ever get "poor gps signal" in the Tom Tom app which means that it won't work. As a result the app is useless. Really dissapointing and a huge waste of money. Pay the cash and buy a sat nav for your car from a physical store, but don't go Tom Tom brand!

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