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TomTom iPhone Car-Kit - Now with iPhone 4 Support


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 10 Sep 2010

pocketgpsworld.comiPhone owners who have upgraded to an iPhone 4 only to find their TomTom car-kit no longer works without a bodge can now rejoice.

TomTom have designed a small plastic adapter that fits over the button on the cradle. This fills the gap between the button (which needs to be pressed to activate the cradle) and the slimmer iPhone 4 thus restoring full functionality.

Existing owners can request an adapter here and all car-kits manufactured since 1st September now come with the adapter in the packaging.

Sadly, the cradle will not accommodate an iPhone in a case or the Apple bumper so you will need to remove them before you can use the cradle.

Comments
Posted by zebsogo on Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:01 am Reply with quote

Its beyond belief that tomtom and others do not take into account in there designing of their products that most iphone users use a case of some sort on their iphone for protection and more recently for reception. Also on slightly off topic how is it Tomtom charge the same amount of money for Tomtom UK&Ireland and tomtom europe. other Satnav apps charge cheaper for just to countries and more for Europe which is fair


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Posted by Darren on Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:08 am Reply with quote

Playing devils advocate here, it's far from simple to design a solution that can cater for the vast variety of case designs and types available for the iPhone.

Even Brodit's much simpler cradle designs have to be offered in a variety of versions to cater for the common types of case. And also, Apple's iPhone4 bumper has caused all manner of issues thanks to the deeply recessed sync port.

At least the iPhone 4 has much improved GPS reception and so, personally, I have no need to use the TT car-kit. Instead I use a Brodit cradle that will (with some bodging) accommodate my bumper encased iPhone 4.

TomTom should be given some points for designing a solution that allows owners to continue to use their current kit albeit with cases removed. However there are other solutions available now and the case for a car-kit with GPS is much less valid than it was when the the 3G was released.


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Posted by zebsogo on Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:39 am Reply with quote

Well i seems the Magellan Car Kit for iPhone is a very simple solution and was created before the iphone 4 came out and yet it fits in the cradle without any additional attachments and fits with the phone in almost any case so i would depute your point "it's far from simple to design a solution that can cater for the vast variety of case designs and types available for the iPhone.


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Posted by BrummyGit on Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:15 am Reply with quote

They've put masses of effort into the online form. I can't understand why they need to know my gender, or why they won't need to know which country I'm in when they post the adaptor out to me.

Oh and the serial number is so small on the cradle that I can't read the thing with the naked eye.

But still, at least they've come up with a free solution.


 
Posted by vlak on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:25 pm Reply with quote

BrummyGit Wrote:
Oh and the serial number is so small on the cradle that I can't read the thing with the naked eye.

I agree. I was even struggling using a magnifying glass.
You can run the TomTom Car Kit Tool app to get the serial number.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tomtom-car-kit-tool/id335322860?mt=8


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Posted by SpeedCam on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:39 pm Reply with quote

zebsogo Wrote:
Its beyond belief that tomtom and others do not take into account in there designing of their products that most iphone users use a case of some sort on their iphone for protection and more recently for reception. Also on slightly off topic how is it Tomtom charge the same amount of money for Tomtom UK&Ireland and tomtom europe. other Satnav apps charge cheaper for just to countries and more for Europe which is fair


Its not just TomTom, Apple even makes accessories for the iPad that requires their own cases to be removed.


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Posted by SHC on Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:17 am Reply with quote

Has anyone received their adapter from TomTom yet?


 
Posted by BrummyGit on Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:38 am Reply with quote

2 weeks so far and nothing. I guess we need to continue to be patient any time TomTom are involved.


 
Posted by SHC on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:42 pm Reply with quote

Still waiting! Put in a query to TomTom and after 4 days "sorry we can't answer your question" Confused


 
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