The long-awaited TomTom navigation app finally came to Android in October, only to disappoint those of us with larger screen phones like my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which weren’t compatible. Fortunately an early December update brought compatibility to a larger range of phones and I’ve been testing it on and off ever since. How did it do? Read on to find out…
TomTom for Android interface
Though the map screen is a bit different, with data shifted to the right side, other parts of the interface will look familiar to TomTom users, as you can see in the screenshots below.
What I liked
- IQ Routes was smart enough to take local shortcuts, keeping me off clogged major arteries
What I didn’t like
- Unlike with Garmin’s Smartphone Link app, you can’t select a location from Google Maps and have it navigate using the TomTom app
- Selecting a favorite to route to takes six steps
The app displayed some routing errors, but so did a Garmin nuvi I tested it against. I’m not a big fan of mobile apps for navigation, nor do I live in a traffic-clogged area, so I’m probably not the best test case. For me, Google Maps Navigation meets my needs for those times I need navigation and don’t have a PND with me.