TomTom iPod Touch car kit review: TomTom iPod Touch car kit

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Typical Price: $129.00

TomTom iPod Touch car kit

(Part #: CNETTomTom iPod Touch car kit)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Compact and adjustable. Combines music jukebox and navigation.

The Bad App not included in price. Not great value. A few random technical gremlins. Fiddly volume switch.

The Bottom Line Given the price of this kit and the additional cost of the app turning your iPod Touch into a GPS navigator only makes sense if your car's got an auxiliary jack, allowing your Touch to function as both a jukebox and navigator.

6.7 Overall

Design

This car kit's EasyPort windscreen mount is basically the same design found on TomTom's One , XL and XXL ranges. It rotates around the rear speaker with a suction cup that's activated via a ring dial. Storing it is a cinch, as it folds up compactly.

However, there is one important difference — and it's shared with the TomTom Start — it's not detachable, so adjusting the viewing position doesn't require an elaborate two-handed ballet with frequent invocations to heavenly powers and sudden loud references to human excrement.

If you happen to own both an iPod Touch and an iPhone , be aware that this cradle is designed specifically to fit iPod Touches; attempting to fit it to an iPhone will only be met with plastic-snapping belligerence.

Features

While the iPod Touch kit misses out on Bluetooth hands-free — there's no phone connectivity after all — it has all the other features present in the more expensive iPhone car kit . So, it charges an iPod Touch via your car's cigarette lighter port and has a 3.5mm line-out jack for car stereo's equipped with an auxiliary port.

There's also a small volume rocker, but it's difficult to operate as it's fiddly, prone to catching on finger nails and hidden behind the iPod. Its inclusion means that the easily accessed volume switch on the Touch has been disabled. Gone too are the app's on-screen volume controls and, most importantly, its volume display, making the volume-changing process as guess reliant as playing Lotto. That said, the speaker is clear and loud, and possibly better than those on TomTom's portable units.

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