Unwieldy GPS hits the road
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