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Tomtom’s new car kit makes GPS navigation and phone calls easier

Tomtom came out with a new smartphone mounting kit for your windshield that works with iPhones or any other smartphones. The main features is that it includes bluetooth connectivity making phone calls easier. It has an embedded 2W speaker for a much needed audio boost and an extendable microphone so the other side can hear you clearly as well. It supports both portrait and landscape mode, charges your device while you’re on the go and also makes navigation a lot easier with their own GPS navigation app.

Standard default version will cost £80 while the iPhone version will cost £130 which also includes the navigation app.

Mio iPhone/iPod touch car kit is identical to Magellan’s

We just came across this French site that claims they’ll exclusively be offering the Mio iPhone/iPod Touch car kit which looks identical to Magellan’s car kit which we actually reviewed a short while ago. We won’t be surprised if this is actually the case - since MiTAC Mio bought off Magellan couple of years ago and apparently the Euro version of this GPS embedded car kit will be under Mio brand name.

The source says Mio will soon announce its Car Kit for iPhone which integrates its own GPS chip to get a better GPS reception for more accurate navigation then iPhone 3G alone. The Car Kit will obviously compatible with the iPod to the extent that it integrates its own GPS chip and a powerful speaker for voice guidance and may be in portrait or landscape position. The assembly will be possible either on the windshield or directly on the dashboard.

The price normally will be around 100 € to compete with TomTom Car Kit.

However there will be no navigation software for iPhone and iPod Touch provided by Mio Car Kit.

The launch is scheduled for mid May 2010.

TomTom car kit review

Engadget has a decent review of the TomTom’s car kit for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. What they did was to use the iPhone 3GS with a regular car kit and let it use its own GPS receiver, and an iPhone 3G with the TomTom car kit.

In the end both iPhone’s performed very similarly suggesting it may not be a great idea to spend an $120 on the car kit on top of the $100 app… Read More …

tomtom car kit for iPhone at Apple Store

The highly anticipated TomTom car kit for iPhone has finally made its appearance at the Apple Store. It is going to cost $120 and will ship in two to three weeks. Some of the mentioned features include secure docking, enhanced GPS performance, clear voice instructions, easy charging, hands free calling, and the ability to play music through cars’ audio via cable.

Here are some specs for the TomTom car kit:

  • Audio out: 3.5 mm
  • Volume control: Yes
  • Portrait/Landscape support: Yes
  • Windscreen and dashboard mounting: Yes
  • iPhone charging via CLA: Yes
  • Dimensions: 5.17 x 2.7 x 1.96 in./131.43 x 68.68 x 49.86 mm
  • Weight: 4.13 oz./117 g

TomTom for iPhone review

There’s a new review for TomTom’s GPS navigation app for the iPhone. It does not review the highly expected TomTom car kit though - only the software.

The review was mostly very positive. Here is the bottom line for you:

The TomTom iPhone App is a solid first step platform onto which TomTom can build a world-class navigation product. The application offers a lot of capabilities that are damn convenient to have right in your iPhone. The trusted TomTom performance and ease of use is in there, as is the familiar layout. It is a simple navigation product that is a great addition to anyone with an iPhone who wants navigation

Toyota and TomTom take Australia

(UPDATE: Photo above updated) Toyota and TomTom have been working together in Europe as it can be seen with the Toyota Yaris SR, and just today they announced a partnership in Australia announcing a portable GPS navigation system that fits into your vehicle’s dashboard. It is called FollowMe navigation unit and it also takes care of the audio in your vehicle. When in portable mode the TomTom device can be used in other vehicles or even in pedestrian mode. FollowMe gets traffic updates from Suna Traffic Monitoring Services to help you battle with traffic, has bluetooth connectivity to pair up with your phone, and it can even read your text messages out loud. Now that’s a life saver. TomTom FollowMe has a 3.5″ screen, and it can even hook up to rear view camera if you opt-in.

FollowMe’s motorized tilting front panel can be adjusted up to 30 degrees to reduce sun glare, and hides the CD slot. You’ve got an optional iPod connection kit (costs extra) that brings your GUI to the dash, and if you remove your navigator you can still use all the other functions of FollowMe.

FollowMe - which really resembles an Eclipse AVN2210p by the way - uses a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer that calculates vehicle speed and direction, even in tunnels where satellite signals generally drop out… Read More …

TomTom iPhone car kit: $120

As you may have already heard, the TomTom car kit for iPhone we’ve been talking about for months now has an official price. $120. This is obviously separate from the actual iPhone app which goes for $99. The new car kit will be compatible with iPhone 2G, 3G, and 3GS. Their short press release does not contain any other information and does not even mention iPod touch compatibility issues.

Navigon iPhone car kit

Navigon is getting ready to release a car kit for the iPhone with charging capabilities as we found out from their FB page. It says the car kit will be available in October this year. And it will only charge and hold your iPhone in place. Do not look for GPS receiver, speaker, microphone, bluetooth here. For those you may keep waiting for the TomTom car kit.

We don’t have any more details on Navigon’s iPhone car kit. We’ll let you know once we find out how much it will cost. We do however know how much Navigon’s iPhone App costs these days: $90.

TomTom iPhone app car kit out in October

We’ve been waiting for this car kit for a while now and we just got the word that the GPS navigation enhancing, iPhone charging, audio out supporting, microphone carrying, bluetooth connecting device will be out in October.

We should also mention that the car kit will also work with iPod touch and will let other apps use the GPS data provided by the device…. Read More …

TomTom car kit almost here

We’ve been following this TomTom car kit for a while now (such as here, here, here, and here). Well it looks like we’re almost at the end of the road. Just today TomTom car kit got its approval from FCC, meaning it is ready to come out in the U.S of A. very very soon.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, here is the run down: TomTom is getting ready to release this car kit for their iPhone GPS navigation app which should enhance users’ experience since the device contains its own GPS receiver, charges your iPhone, has bluetooth for hands free calls, and can use your car’s stereo for driving directions.

Check out the user manual for the TomTom car kit (pdf).