True, it's not the first app offering turn-by-turn driving instructions for the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS -- but it is from TomTom, an industry heavy-weight that is finally delivering on years of rumor
. After starting with New Zealand a few hours ago, the iTunes App Store is now populated with region specific TomTom apps for NZ ($95), Australia ($80), US and Canada ($100), and Western Europe ($140). If that sounds expensive... it is; dedicated TomTom navigators start at $120. In other words, this isn't one of those knee-jerk 99 cent App Store purchases. Naturally, that price does not include the announced TomTom iPhone car kit
(rumored to cost £113.85 (about $194) with
bundled mapping software) that mounts and charges your iPhone 3G or 3GS while enhancing its GPS performance, speaker, and microphone. Our advice: wait for the reviews before dedicating your non multi-tasking iPhone to the dashboard for navigation duties.
: Recombu took the software for a spin
and seem duly impressed by their ability to navigate streets with an iPhone taped
to the dash (not a joke). They say that when a call comes in, the TomTom app "turns off but restarts as soon as you finish the call." Lame. See the video overview after the break.
TomTom says the upcoming car kit dock / windshield mount
will also work with the iPod touch and third-party apps
-- it contains a faster, more accurate GPS chip than the one in the iPhone. Check a video of it after the break.
TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS hits the App Store
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
[Warning: iTunes link]