Originally Posted by iVince
So just a problem in the U.S. then? Is the rest of the world affected? I've never heard anything bad about Tom Tom in that way. In Europe they seem to be one of the most popular. I think that TomTom are way more established than Navteq, and so Apple probably went with the more established experienced company to partner with. Plus Navteq is a Nokia subsidiary, which probably has something to do with it.
I have used Navigon in the US for years - excellent (and now owned and somewhat converted by Garmin). I also used Navigon Europe, driving over 2500 km across Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and down into Italy - always flawless. My understanding is that Navigon started in Europe (Wurtzburg, Germany, I believe), and was/is the most popular one there - that is the reason they opted to be the first out with the iphone app (just before TomTom here in the US), to get better known in the US - so much so that Garmin bought them out. Navigon has always rated higher than TomTom, by a little, and don't know how it compares with their own native Garmin iphone App now, but, in Europe, from my experience, it was awesome, and completely accurate.
By the way, unfortunately, the turn-by-turn is not through Bluetooth, and I use a Griffin RoadTrip, which connects directly through Aux port or by FM transmitter to any frequency on hour radio - works just fine, and allows you to play itunes also. Great combination. I tend to use my iphone with the Griffin, and only use the ipad if I want to get a better view of maps. Navteq maps are great with the Navigon App, although the Google maps are better looking and more detailed. Will be interesting to see how Apple chooses to integrate the features that Navigon/Garmin and TomTom have used for years, to stay competitive. I wouldn't give up my paid Navigon App if the free Apple App didn't incorportate ALL the features I now enjoy and depend on with the Navigon Apps.
Another great thing about Navigon is that you don't need a cell or wifi connection to use it, as you do with the Google maps. I can even program the Navigon in my plane while flying - putting in addresses/POI's, etc, to be used upon landing, saving me time and allowing me to prepare my route and time on the ground. I assume you can do the same with the Garmin and TomTom apps, but have never used them.
Edited by Bagman - 6/11/12 at 8:28pm