Un­wieldy GPS hits the road

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can­vas and menus are now a truly finger-friendly size.

Over­all, the tran­si­tion is pretty con­vinc­ing. Start this app and you might mo­men­tar­ily for­get you’re seek­ing street di­rec­tions from some­thing the size of a tele­vi­sion.

Tom­tom doesn’t scrimp on fea­tures, ei­ther. From its main, drop-down menu users can choose to view route op­tions, browse maps, plan trips in ad­vance or iden­tify nearby points of in­ter­est, such as petrol sta­tions, restau­rants, theme parks or park­ing com­plexes.

Large icons also de­liver quick ac­cess to set­tings. Chang­ing the ipad vol­ume, find­ing favourites, switch­ing on-screen colours or even play­ing back­ground mu­sic is sim­ple with these on-screen con­trols. In­ter­est­ingly, the app also of­fers two in-app ex­tras: one use­ful and one novel.

The former ad­di­tion comes in the form of traf­fic up­dates, de­liv­ered via the ipad’s mo­bile in­ter­net con­nec­tion. Up­dates ap­pear on the de­vice ev­ery two min­utes, with trou­blespots high­lighted with red or orange icons and slow roads also coloured. Sub­scribers are guided around these slow lanes for a fee of $7.49 monthly or $41.99 per year.

The other ex­tra comes in the form of celebrity voices. For a one-off charge of $6.49, users can be guided by the Darth Vader, Homer Simp­son or Han Solo. Jeremy Clark­son is yet to make the cut. JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY


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