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App of the week; Gadgets.

TOMTOM FOR ANDROID PS31 SINCE the recent launch of the clueless Apple Maps, Android users have been having a field day making fun of their iPhone-owning mates.

There had at least been one area where Google handsets couldn't match iPhones for way finding, however - the lack of a dedicated app from sat-nav giants TomTom.

Finally now available on the Google Play Store, owners of the fanciest Android phones such as Samsung's Galaxy S III and HTC's One X will nevertheless have to wait a bit longer to use TomTom as its only compatible phones with 480 x 800 and 540 x 854 displays.

If you're lucky enough to have a device that meets these requirements, plus plenty of internal storage space, then there are few sat-nav options for mobiles that match what's on offer here.

Voice instructions and warnings for turnings are both clear and timely, ETAs are accurate, while the familiar onscreen maps are uncluttered.

It's a little bit more pricey than CoPilot's rather good dedicated Android app which also includes a year's free subscription to its ActiveTraffic service (TomTom's HD traffic service costs an extra PS4 per month or PS27 per year), but for sheer usability and accuracy, for me TomTom is still the way to go.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 26, 2012
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