TomTom U.K. & Ireland Navigation App Review (iOS, $38.99)

  • Category: Navigation
  • Publisher: TomTom
  • Updated: Aug, 22 2009
  • Version: 1.16
  • Size: 339.65 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:
32 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

›› Safety Cameras. Receive real-time speed trap and fixed safety camera locations (available via in-app purchase). (1)

›› 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

  • Awesome companion & guide for touring Ireland

    by AndyOfLinux

    Just took a 10 day trip to Ireland and ranged from Dublin to South Coast to Galway -- and back. The app never let us down even when traversing "R" and "L" roads. The iPad 3 takes a LOT of power with GPS and maps going so I *highly* recommend using a car adapter with enough power for the iPad (> 2 Amps). Even then the iPad did overheat and shutdown once. Holding it near the open window in Ireland weather quickly had it cool ;-) App never steered us wrong. Controls & messages could definitely be more intuitive as panic sets in near a complex round-about and you try to find the turn/direction after the current one. Questions were sometimes worded in a confusing manner - something like "Avoid toll roads?" can be confusing as the default should be to use toll roads -- or your journey will be way longer. 5 stars as we could not have navigated, in the rain, to all the great places (large and small) we visited without this TomTom App. Only issue was "poor GPS reception" in and near Dublin! This was not TomTom's fault as Apple Maps showed the same message. Day was partially cloudy so I don't understand this issue.

  • Was worth every penny on trip to Ireland

    by T-Money47

    I own the TomTom US version as my everyday GPS device. I just got back from a trip to Ireland and it worked beautifully. I looked at cheaper options, realizing that it could be a one-time purchase. But, the familiarity of TomTom and the comparison to a rental car GPS for $17/day for 9 days made it a no-bainer. It found all our B&B's, golf courses, and other destinations from the TomTom POI's. The maps are onboard and fairly small download. I took a iPhone mount and 12V charger and no issues. I use the charger with the US version too, it just uses more power than the maps application. We routed from Dublin - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Dingle - Cork - back to Dublin and always had the correct directions. Don't worry, it will work.

  • Good app, here are some suggestions for improvement

    by xclayl

    I like the app overall. It's "good" in every regard - it has few weaknesses, but other apps do particular things better though TomTom the best overall. 3D view: TomTom is good, but Waze is awesome. You can see more of the route in Waze and its panning and zoning is better. Maps: no complaints. Much better than any other satnav app I've used. Finding destinations: TomTom has too many clicks. My typical usage for me is to find the destination and start driving while the route is being calculated. Unfortunately I then have to click a few more times while I'm driving. See Waze for ideas on how this could be better. The Facebook integration is really good. Think about it. I use this app to find places I've never been before. They are not friends in my address book (I rarely enter addresses). The places I go are basically "places" in facebook. However many times I use the desktop to find a place and then I have to re-find it in TomTom. Hopefully there is an easy way to send a google maps link to TomTom. Finding places is the weakest part of any satnav app including TomTom though TomTom does it as good as anyone today.

  • Excellent!

    by DanJavRam

    Worth the money!

  • Airplane Mode!

    by Raeldor

    Ok, I may have been a little harsh in my previous review. Turns out waitibg for gps was because I was in airplane mode. Come on tomtom, most people use gps when they travel so their phobe could be in airplane mode. Maybe a warning to check airplane mode if you can't get a fix? Could save you sone frustrated customers. Other than that it's been working pretty good. Deducted one star because it's crap at recognizing contact addresses and there seems no way to download poi databases (no tesco or sainsburys? Really?).

  • Awesome App

    by Philipjames6

    This app has been a god send. I recently went to the UK on holiday and to hire a sat nav unit from the hire car company was going to cost me 70GBP the app then only cost $87 so when i worked out the whole conversion it was cheaper to buy the app, especially as i vist the UK fairly regularly. I used the tom tom every single trip even if i knew where i was going, just in case, and found on a couple of occasions that i was unable to cut across lanes quick enough to make the turn i needed and then essentially became lost. That is where the Tom Tom saved me, within the blink of an eye it had recalculated the route and had me back on track. the improvements id love to see are traffic information so that you can go around any accidents/roadworks etc, and an on foot guidance similar to that of google. i know google uses the internet for its directions and to expect this to be held on your phone is probably out of the question but wishful thinking is allowed right!?

  • Worst App Purchased to Date.

    by Jodyscloud

    Read the iffy reviews on this. Should have listened to the negative ones. Brought it for the iPad. It was always searching for a satellite system. When it would find one, you couldn't find directions as an error message would come up. This occurred for everything that we tried to locate. At no time did this system work right. On our final day to the airport it had us on the M2 turning through a ditch onto the airport runway. I would really like a full refund for this product. It was not worth the $38 some odd dollars to purchase it, never worked right, and can't give proper directions. Refund please!!

  • Not great

    by Gr8 dancer92

    (1) Local landmarks are not in the maps. Kilcolman road in claremorris is not recognized and brings you to same road about 7 miles away. (2) When navigating it brings you on minor roads instead of wider roads. I have a garmin that is 4 yrs old and yet it brought me on national roads. (3) The navigation part of the app is very hard to stop and continues voice navigation even when the phone is switched off. (4) When you arrive at a destination there is no way of inputting the location so it will remember it the next time. I'm sorry I bought it. Could be good if above items were fixed.

  • Doesn't work!

    by ioResult

    I bought the app, loaded it onto my iPhone 4 by syncing with iTunes on my Mac, ran the app on my phone and…nada! The splash screen that says TomTom simply sits there FOREVER. My flight to London takes off in ten minutes and now it looks like I'll have to buy the Garmin app when I land! First time I've ever spent more than 99 cents on an app. Probably the last time. And I'll never buy anything from TomTom ever again.

  • Not recommended in Ireland

    by Setrobo

    We bought this app for our 2 week self drive tour of Ireland. It lost gps signal for 2 hours our first day, but I'll give it to them I didn't buy the car kit so I guess that's the chance I took. They warn you that it will drain battery, but it was so bad that I couldn't keep my phone charged even while plugged into the car adapter. None of the preloaded points of interest we used were correct. It took us to the old now closed down Waterford Crystal factory (the new one only allows you to view a showroom). Trying to find the davenport hotel in Dublin it routed us to the opposite side of Merrion square from where the hotel is actually located, forcing us to get directions from reception and sound like idiots in the process. It did not have some of Irelands most famous sights preloaded into it at all (the cliffs of moher, bushmills distillery, the hill of Tara, etc). The only time this app worked really well was on the large national roads and motorways that are easily navigated anyway. I bought this app because we didn't want to rack up data roaming charges, but it was useless without Internet and google to help it along. In my opinion this was a big waste of money. Maybe the UK maps and poi's are better.

  • This app is stupid

    by redeemerK

    It never finds a GPS signal while google map have found hundred times

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