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TomTom, An­droid Most smart­phones come with some sort of sat na, but not all have turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion. TomTom has some tough com­pe­ti­tion on the An­droid plat­form from Google’s own map­ping and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, which is free, but there are some rea­sons to pay. If you’re al­ready fa­mil­iar with TomTom’s style and lay­out, the app is re­as­sur­ingly sim­i­lar. It’s not flashy, but it is clear – and it works. You get your speed read­out, alerts and des­ti­na­tion time as usual. Maps are down­loaded to your de­vice and stored lo­cally so you won’t have to down­load them each time, or find your­self stranded if you lose data con­nec­tion. You get ac­cess to lo­cal search and points of in­ter­est, and add-ons such as cam­era warn­ings and HD traf­fic, which gives you the fastest op­tion around all the snarl-ups at rush hour. Th­ese cost more, but it’s nice to have the op­tion. If you don’t have the lat­est An­droid smart­phone, the app will work on your hand­set, as it’s com­pat­i­ble with ev­ery­thing from An­droid 2.2 up.

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