The Good The TomTom Car Kit for iPhone features a more accurate GPS receiver than the one built into the iPhone; a louder speaker for spoken directions; and a built-in Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone, addressing many of the issues inherent with navigating with a smartphone. An included 12-volt charger keeps the iPhone powered on long trips. The EasyPort mount is extremely flexible, easy to affix to the dash or windshield, and easy to position.
The Bad The TomTom navigation app for iPhone is not included with the Car Kit, almost doubling the cost. The Car Kit can't be used with most iPhone cases. Calls and turn-by-turn directions can't be sent through the auxiliary audio output.
The Bottom Line The TomTom Car Kit for iPhone lets you consolidate the number of devices carried around by elevating iPhone navigation to a standalone navigation device level. It's pricey, but TomTom gives users a fair amount of functionality for the money.
TomTom Car Kit for iPhone
Unveiled alongside its turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone at WWDC 2009, TomTom's Car Kit for iPhone is finally available for purchase.
Offering a bit more than just a way to hold your iPhone steady while driving, the Car Kit also has a GPS receiver built-in, a car charger, and a loud internal speaker.
However, in the time between its announcement and release, the TomTom Car Kit has come under fire for being a bit overpriced. At $119 over the cost of the separately purchased navigation app, it's certainly no steal, but what exactly do you get for your money? We put the TomTom Car Kit through its paces to find out.
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