Tom Tom SEA for iPhone any good?
- DaRider 28th August 2011 at 9:14 am #90899
I’m thinking of getting the Tom Tom sea app for iPhone for my next tour around northern Thailand and was just wondering if anyone has used it, and if so what your opinions where. Is it accurate and reliable etc.
And also, from what i understand you shouldn’t need any extra connection, wi-fi or 3g, (yes, i’m new at this..:) ) to use it, correct?
Any input is highly appreciated.DaRider 4th September 2011 at 9:40 am #122663
Thanks for the reply,
I just found another gps app on the app-store “sygic southeast asia” which supposedly uses the same maps as TomTom with free app and maps updates etc. It looks a bit goofy in my opinion, but maybe goofy is good, i don’t know. However, at less than half the price of the TomTom it might even be worth to get just to see how it performs.
If anyone have used any of these two, please let me know what you thought of them…
GippyParticipantGippy 5th September 2011 at 1:53 am #122672
I bought the Sygic Southeast Asia app a couple of weeks ago, haven’t used it much but so far it’s been fine. Like yourself I thought it was worth a try to get the Tom Tom maps at a much lower cost. The POI database is not a large as ESRI but it does have Google local search integrated which is useful and doesn’t use up much internet bandwidth. I use it more as a ‘where am I’ type of app rather than a turn by turn navigation aid as the iPhone is tucked in my pocket while riding.
alrikkiParticipantalrikki 5th September 2011 at 4:07 am #122674
a friend had an iphone with tomtom, and it showed all the tiny little roads in the middle of nowhere, out near Pai.
The garmin map doesnt show them
However see here
http://download.cnet.com/TomTom-Thailand/3000-12940_4-75106046.html?tag=mncol;1DaRider 6th September 2011 at 11:49 am #122703
Thanks much for the input,
I’m beginning to lean towards the TomTom after all, it just seems to be a bit more solid.. and I read some very irritated comments about sygic not updating their maps very often (or at all). Hoghead, does the map-updates work ok with TomTom?DaRider 3rd November 2011 at 10:53 am #124135
Just an update,
I did get it and am pretty pleased. It works better than expected, even if i can’t use while riding yet (haven’t found a good holder for the iPhone), it’s very usable. I’d definitely recommend it. And yes, it takes a lot of battery when running..:)
Changnoi1ParticipantChangnoi1 3rd November 2011 at 1:48 pm #124140
Well when you find a good & safe holder for the Iphone let me know …. I used a HTC-phone in a open-holder on the handle-bar and dust & vibration killed it. So I now keep it in the tank-bag. I saw one good holder but it did not have space to plug in the charger-cable.
niksterParticipantnikster 29th December 2011 at 3:17 pm #125706
I have a LIFEPROOF case for my iPhone – that should solve the dust problem (it’s actually waterproof to 10 feet). Not cheap at $70 but certainly cheaper than a new iPhone…
No idea on holders but looking for one myself. I got some cheapo GPS software and looking for ways to import map data into these now. They both use open maps so I think it should be good.
iPhone battery use will be very high with a maps app running so having a power source is a must if you want to mount it on the handlebar.DaRider 24th March 2012 at 6:04 pm #128271
Changnoi1;272758 wrote: Well when you find a good & safe holder for the Iphone let me know …. I used a HTC-phone in a open-holder on the handle-bar and dust & vibration killed it. So I now keep it in the tank-bag. I saw one good holder but it did not have space to plug in the charger-cable.
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