We promised you a review of the TomTom Places Android app two weeks ago but unfortunately we were not yet in a country that is supported at the moment. This of course means that we couldn’t have tested it yet. Actually, we weren’t even able to download it from the Google Play site (ex. Android Market) because it is not available for our location. So instead of letting you wait for indefinite amount of time to get you some info on this app, we decided to do the next best thing: make the summary of reviews of the app collected from other resources.
TomTom Places for Android is good, but …
TomTom Places offers information about local shops, restaurants and places to visit when you are in a particular area. You can search by the name, category or keyword, and you can search in your own language even if you are in a foreign country where they speak a different language. The places included in the app are reviewed, you can check their opening times and see contact info. You can save your favourite searches so you can easily search for them in every place you go. And you can use the TomTom’s mapping, traffic and routing service for free.
If you are familiar with the Google Places (and I’m sure you are) you will probably say – it’ the same thing. You are quite right, it is basically the same thing. The main difference is that TomTom Places also show you local traffic which Google Places don’t and this makes it easier to plan how you will drive to the chosen point.
Why do we need another app like this if Google has its own app? TomTom released the app on markets that are not yet perfectly covered by the Google Places (that is why some of the biggest markets are not included – we don’t know if they ever will be for that matter).
So what do people think about the app? General consensus of users is something like: It’s a good application. It does what it is supposed to do. But where the heck is the TomTom turn-by-turn navigation?!
TomTom Places for the lucky few countries, turn-by-turn navigation for nobody yet
It seems we can’t speak about any revolutionary news here. TomTom Places Android app is obviously a good product, we wouldn’t expect anything less from TomTom. And it features their famous live traffic info for free, which is awesome of course. But it seems like the TomTom fans are asking one question and TomTom is answering something completely different. We all want the main dish: TomTom turn-by-turn navigation for our Android phones and tablets. All some of us got by now is an appetizer.
Here are some of the screenshots taken from the TomTom Places page on Google Play, where you can also download the app if you happen to live in the country that is supported at the moment.