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TomTom Debuts for Android, $50 and Good Luck Finding a Device It’s Compatible With

TomTom has finally arrived for Android. Although, I can think of one platform that might benefit from it much more than we can. All joking aside, TomTom is one of the more well-known names in navigation and the application brings 3.7GB of maps and route data straight to your Android device. It doesn’t get much more intense than this. 

TomTom allows you to look up directions and routes without a mobile signal (don’t forget Google Maps allows for offline maps), lets you add many different advanced features to your routes such as stops and eco-routes, and a whole lot more. Still, is $50 worth it? In addition, we have noticed there are some compatibility issues with this first release. According to TomTom, your device must meet very specific resolution standards to allow for the app. Requirements are as follows:

To clarify the specific requirement are these: – Android OS: 2.2 or higher – Screen resolution: 800×480 or 854×480 We are committed to supporting higher resolutions on an ongoing basis. – Storage: 215 MB – 3,7 GB of free space required, depending on the app and the associated map. – App supports Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) & Jellybean (4.1)

Next update should be out soon.

Will you be picking up TomTom?

Play Link ($49.99)

TomTom Does the Robot Indeed:

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  • Wow $49.999 for a Tom-Tom app ? Head over to http://galaxys3apps.org and get a free GPS app 🙂

  • Ha! Compatible with my DroidX, but not the Razr or Xoom. Funny! Not that I’d spend $50 on an App…

  • Tyler Chappell

    Lol, this has to be one of the biggest scams to ever hit the Play Store.

  • bobbif

    Will not be buying. Not sure why anyone would

  • OG Droid Compatible, Gnex Not….well i’ll be damned…never thought i’d see that

  • digitalicecream

    TomTom powers Apples Maps. F F TomTom

  • Chris

    “For a limited time, drive off at this introductory price”

    I’m sorry, but $50 is the INTRODUCTORY price? I can’t even imagine how much more expensive it will be in the future!

  • Ha. It’s available for my OG droid, but not my RAZR (screen resolution I’d guess). With as slow as the OG seems, I can’t imagine this would work well on it! Great to see some OG love though (albeit somewhat accidental).

  • nate

    isnt the ios maps powered by tomtom anyway? makes me not wanna buy their android app.

  • imtoomuch

    $50 to have maps from a company that just helped Apple maps fail miserably? Sure, where do I sign up?

    One of the main reasons that I love Android is because the built in maps and navigation are unparalleled in the mobile world and they’re FREE. Why would I pay outrageous money for an app that is WORSE than what comes standard and free on my phone?! I’d rather take that money and put it towards a stand alone Garmin, but that’s not really needed with Google Maps.

  • Kane

    If the app is anywhere as bad as its stand alone units stay far far away. My parents got one as gift and it had the worst interface available. Garmin is leaps and bounds more user friendly. Any Google maps / nav does all I need.

  • Lol my OG droid is supported but my Gnex and N7 are not…

  • Beelow319

    used to have a tomtom, it sucked.

  • JohnPA2006

    Funny, TomTom on the iPhone4 is about 1.2gb and usually is on sale for 29 to 39$
    and now for Android they want 50$ and its around 3gb?

    So they want me to spend 50$ on something Android has natively since 2010 its nice idea.
    Currenly on my Galaxy S3 I have Waze, and Google Navigation.

    Having TomTom for Android is redundant, but still a nice option.
    But at this price I’m sorry, its just going to have to come down.

    • JohnPA2006

      auto correct, you have failed me for the last time……

  • so it works with thunderbolt but not with the rezound or nexus? awesome.

  • MrEnglish

    iPhone5 uses TomTom data so I’m not so impressed with a 50 dollar app that should be inherently free.

  • Christopher Tubbs

    It’s compatible with my OG Droid 🙂

  • Franz

    Sygic – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sygic.aura

    Is an amazing offline navigation program. You can download state-by-state or map-by-map.

    While it might not be for everyone, it works wonders for me. As I have my Nexus 7 mounted right on my dash. The maps are beautiful and 3D. They also have walking directions.

    Google Offline Maps can NOT be used as Navigation without a cell reception.

    Offline navigation and Offline Maps are NOT the same thing… most people don’t seem to understand that.

    • PC_Tool

      Sygic is actually pretty good….and reasonably priced to boot.

      …unlike other offerings we may be hearing about around here…

      (The only unfortunate bit is that they use the same maps tomtom/apple use, which makes the price of the tomtom product seem even more absurd))

      • Franz

        Their maps do come from TomTom, but as TomTom stated, they give their maps to multiple companies, it’s up to what they do with them in the end that matters.

        Apple Maps and Sygic are completely different even though their core is the same. Shows that it’s up to the 3rd party software developers to take advantage of the maps given to them and do the best to interpret the data.

        But there’s no fancy top view crap on Sygic, at least not in driving mode.

        PS: Are you the same infamous PC_Tool from BetaNews? Is that site still alive?

    • LionStone

      Yes you can navigate (find your way) with Google Offline Maps. Kind of like the old days with a paper map, you have to do it yourself or your co-pilot can zoom in and follow street names…pretty simple really.

  • The ONLY time I paid this much for a GPS program was for Navigon on my old iPhone3G. $50 is too steep now a days with so many other choices, ill stick with Sygic

  • Michael Quinlan

    “Screen resolution: 800×480 or 854×480”? These high-end specs from 3 years ago. Who is their target market, people still clinging to the OG Droid? By the time it supports my Galaxy Nexus I’ll be using something else.

  • duke69111

    This is compatible with my OG Droid, but not my Nexus. Who would of thought. I know its the screen resolution, but come on.

  • Dane Carpenter

    Offline GPS programs can be very usefull. I go outside coverage areas often and it is very nice to have the ability to switch over to these when that happens. And some of the stand alone GPS are nice to have when traveling on roadways. Sygic for instance has a very nice lane guidance and traffic systems. Some of these programs have nice weather overlays as well. The biggest plus for these is often the great UI for somebody that is driving.

    I use Sygic for offline maps and love it. It cost me $14.95 when I bought it. I had CoPilot back in the day on Donut, but due to lack of updates and constant switching of devices it became a pain to use. The activation process was annoying. I needed a more reliable offline GPS for the times when I was outside coverage areas.

    Dear: TomTom

    Get your act together. $50 is a little excessive for a GPS application. I paid $30 for Garmin XT with Lifetime Traffic back in 2006 for my Windows Mobile Phone. That same software was also compatible with a Bluetooth GPS transmitter.

  • PC_Tool

    No reviews; no “Installs” chart…

    No-one, it would appear, has even remotely considered purchasing this app.

    …go figure.

  • Michael Thurig

    Why is everyone so mad about more choices? Will I be buying this? NOPE! It’s too expensive for me and Google maps works fine for my needs, but that said, TomTom may be perfect for someone else and I’m not mad about it at all. Welcome to the app market, TomTom. (now make yourself compatible with more devices).

    • PC_Tool

      No-one is mad about choices…they just think this choice happens to be stupid.

      There *is* a difference.

  • QuadNexus

    Thats not even the best part. “For a limited time, drive off at this INTRODUCTORY PRICE”

    Its shown as incompatible for all my devices gnex, gs3, n7

  • Wow. I can get this on my OG Droid that I hacked to have JellyBean, but my Droid Razr can’t.