The Good The TomTom app for Android is available with maps for a variety of regions that are stored locally on your smartphone. IQ Routes provides quick and flexible pathfinding and rerouting.
The Bad Voice input is missing from the destination entry options. There's no way to correct inaccuracies in map data. Local Search of the Web did not work during our testing.
The Bottom Line TomTom's app for Android is a premium-caliber turn-by-turn app, but it comes at a premium price and lacks critical features that most casual navigators would want.
TomTom app is a premium, pricey navigator
Buying the TomTom app for Android and installing it on your smartphone is a bit like getting a TomTom portable navigation device (PND) without having to carry the extra hardware around. The interface is familiar from TomTom's line of GPS navigators, particularly the settings menus, but here and there it's obvious that things have been nudged about and optimized for a smartphone's screen.
Small touches here and there, such as a pop-out menu with shortcuts to volume, 2D/3D map toggle, and day/night map mode toggle, make the app easy to understand and interact with while driving. I do miss being able to input destinations and addresses by voice, but it may be possible that certain Android input methods that support voice may work with the app. My phone's default keyboard's and Swype's voice input functions did not work.
After installing the TomTom app, you'll have to first download the map data that is used for navigation. TomTom stores all of the licensed map data locally on your phone's SD card or internal storage, so that it can continue to operate if you go off the grid and lose your data connection. This is also advantageous to users on a limited data plan. The maps require a Wi-Fi connection to download and I found maps of the U.S. and Canada occupied about 2.26GB of storage space.
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