TomTom Southern Africa Navigation App Review (iOS, $59.99)

  • Category: Navigation
  • Publisher: TomTom
  • Updated: Oct, 21 2009
  • Version: 1.16
  • Size: 277.04 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:
45 Ratings


TomTom Navigation for iPhone/iPad. World-class navigation that’s trusted by 70 million drivers.

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

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- 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

  • Mr Bean

    by 123 franna

    Fantastic App. Easy to use. Regular updates

  • Invaluable app for SA drivers

    by goneliving

    Fantastic offline map coverage, great routing, and real-time traffic. I've used Apple Maps, Google Maps, and this one beats them all for intelligent driving directions and clear voice prompts (complete with Afrikaans pronunciations for those tricky street names!) It doesn't have the most amazing map overview UI, for the driving directions it's top-notch. Well worth the purchase price. Thanks Tomtom!

  • No google integration

    by MacReza

    Very useful app for SA, though pricy. What happened to the in-app google option?

  • Fantastic Product

    by AshleyGlover

    Nothing like iOS 6's maps, and well worth the pricey price tag!


    by Rararaar

    Handsfree kit has arrived at retail for R1099. Search the net and you will find it. App is great, except HD traffic uses 3G and chews it! Just wish you can edit wrongly placed speed cameras on your routes as with normal GPS.

  • Great South African navigation app

    by Willie Cronje

    Having had Garmin GPS'e for close to 8 years I compared their iOS app with this one of TomTom - this one beats it by far. After using this app in rush hour traffic in Jo'burg every day for the last week or so it's been extremely accurate and the voice navigation sounds South African and the navigation instructions are structured, understandable sentences - does not sound like a computer voice. Reading reviews on iOS 6 and the new maps feature and voice navigation this app in my mind is still the way to go as the iOS 6 maps feature for SA seems not to work with voice navigation + you'd have to use data. Cellular data is SA = expensive and there's little 3G outside the big cities. Overall, solid app with great performance! Money very well spent!!!

  • An innovative GPS!

    by ricspagni

    I use my Garmin eTrex for hiking, but when I'm on the road nothing compares to the TomTom app. It is expensive, doubly so with the traffic add-on, but many times cheaper and more useful than a dedicated GPS unit. I can't imagine a GPS unit allowing me to report traffic cameras or navigate to a FourSquare location. TomTom have created something amazing here, and their constant improvements and innovation have made me a proud, paying customer.

  • Incredible product

    by IanSaid

    This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Not just in the iStore, but anywhere. The app is extremely easy to use and works very well. I use it very regularly. Makes my old Garmin seem like it is from the dark ages. Had no joy whith my old iPhone 3G, but no problems with the iPhone 4.

  • No Bluetooth Voice

    by -Bread-

    I was extremely dissappointed to find that the voice navigation guidance does not come through on my bluetooth car kit, this renders the app rather useless, since most users, I'm sure, will be using this app in their cars... Can this be remedied? Is it also possible to expand the map selection, eg, add neighbouring countries.

  • Very happy

    by Ralph.Hopkins

    This is a brilliant GPS app. The updated traffic is a life saver.

  • The uber-best gps app ever!

    by Hendrik Martens

    This is such an awesome app it is mindblowingly brilliant! I absolutely love it and use it often! No gps or gps software comes close to it!

  • It's solid but should provide more

    by Oldlodo

    I haven't found anything wrong with this app: it provides good directions with average graphics. The POI data base seems complete as well. However, for trip planning purposes it has limitations that reduce its value. You are limited to including only 5 waypoints for a planned trip and there is no convenient way to import a route from another gps application (even in TT format). For the price I would expect to see those features included.

  • Overall good

    by JohnMac277

    Overall a good app, but certain key elements are a source of irritation. 3.5 stars The Route Demo functionality is absolutely useless as it seems to be more or less realtime - ie it takes 20 minutes to review a 20 minute planned route (I'm sure its not actuall realtime but it is incredibly slow)!. In South Africa it is so important to have this functionality to check the route planned for you to ensure that you are not bein taken through any crime hotspots or no-go areas. There should be the ability to speed up the demo to check the areas one is being routed through. POI's are very comprehensive and it has most you woudl want to find. It also enables you to search country wide without knowing the exact suburb in which your address may be (a constant source of irritation with my wife's garmin. The other problem I have is that the battery of my 3GS runs out after use for about 4 hours, this is in spite of being in the cradle, ie it consumes poser faster than the cradle is able to charge the phone! This is alos a problem on long trips.

  • Works Very Well

    by lerico

    I just spent a month in South Africa (visiting from the U.S.). Part of my stay involved a road trip from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay on the Cape. Tom Tom Southern Africa proved to be a great help. The maps seemed accurate and up to date and the driving directions were spot on. It even got me though the tangled mess of motorways surrounding Joburg as I made my way from and back to the northern suburbs without any problems at all.

  • Great app, needs better graphics.

    by Eugene Els

    great, but needs HD graphics.. Would be nice if the quality looked better.

  • Brilliant navigation

    by Jesse Fan USA

    If you want the best navigation forget Garmin, TomTom is much better on the iphone. Thanks for the iphone4 update, the new gfx looks brilliant.

  • HD Traffic

    by Lena Graham

    HD traffic would make this the perfect app. Spoke to Tomtom and they said they would look at implementing it should they get a big enough demand for it locally. Demand away :)

  • iOS4

    by RiaanP

    Nice app but very unstable since iOS4 upgrade.

  • Great value!

    by carlogerber

    I just got the app with the cradle and tested it out on my Christmas holiday. Works great! Only one thing to complain about and that is that the map for Jeffreys Bay is completely outdated and needs updating badly!

  • This is a GREAT App

    by Johann Kruger

    I waited for the South African version for months, but it was worth the wait. Have tested the app today without the cradle (must still find one of those), and it performed much better than expected.

  • Fine for hand held operation

    by Captain Bang Bang

    The app is ok. The iPhone car kit is unavailable and TomTom refuses ro advise when it will be available again. So your left driving with your iPhone in your hand or on the seat next to you. So if safety is not a concern then your good to go. You can't navigate by street name unless you enter a city (read "suburb") first. This can be quite troublesome if the suburb is wrong in an address you're trying to enter. Garmin let's you search by street. Other than that the app does perform well and has some nice features.

  • Stay away from this one

    by sugaraspa

    When using this app in my car, it constantly complains of insufficient GPS reception. Only when I hold my device all the way to the front of the dashboard does it _sometimes_ have enough reception to take a stab at telling me where to go. Although Google Maps is able to give me pin point accuracy of where I am on the same device, I decided to test whether or not the phone's GPS hardware was faulty, and installed the application on my (lovely) new iPad. Exactly the same problem I'm afraid. I'm sure that you understand that this is completely unusable as a GPS solution, and completely not what I was expecting.I would like to get a refund on this app, so that I can use another, more reliable GPS app. I am attempting to get a refund for this app, but Apple says I have to revert to Tomtom, lets see how that works out :/

  • Buyer Beware

    by athollt

    I've been waiting for this app to have live traffic for months. You buy live traffic as an In App purchase but it is very difficult to see the price. I finally found the price for the US version which is $19.99 per year. I was happy to pay that only to find that the price of Live Traffic for the SA app is $37.99. Not sure how they justify double the price? The app works fine once you have a GPS signal but my iPhone 3GS sometimes takes 10 minutes to get a signal.

  • Google search error

    by AnomalousMan

    Great app except google search returns an error on iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPad... Patch it and I'll happily up my score!

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