If you don't want a separate satnav and mobile phone, a handset with mapping software could be an ideal alternative. The Nokia 6210 Navigator has an integrated GPS module, accelerometer and compass that work alongside the preloaded Nokia Maps.

These can be used to plot a route to follow, with your current location updated as you go. Although these directions aren't in real-time, the Nokia 6210 Navigator gives you spoken warning about 300m before a turning you need to take.

To get it all to work you must first calibrate the compass by rotating the handset until the red circle in the lefthand corner of the screen) becomes green. The Nokia 6210 Navigator then tries to get a fix on your current position, indicated by a flashing blue star. This can take some time, especially in built-up areas where a clear satellite view isn't easy to establish. Once set, though, the accelerometer and compass take over.

Nokia Maps can locate destinations by address (country and street name, plus the town if ambiguous), museum, bar, station or other POI. Destinations can be saved to ‘My Places' or added to a route. You can view your route in 2D or 3D mode and switch between birds' eye or manoeuvre views.

If want to be given directions as you travel, you can purchase a Routes licence (£9 per month or £86 per year). You then need to specify whether you are walking or driving and whether you want the shortest or fastest route. If driving, the directions include an indication of the road to take at roundabouts, as well as details of your current speed and estimated arrival time.

Should you go off-route, the Nokia 6210 Navigator takes just over a minute to re-position itself and recalculate the journey.

The Nokia 6210 Navigator is an excellent handset for finding your way about on foot or by bike, but we found its 2.4in QVGA 320x240 display too small for driving use. It's fine for route-planning, but we found that glancing at the device for visual guidance became quite difficult while driving and we're not sure that the optional car mount (a further £22 inc VAT) would improve this much.

Nokia 6210 Navigator: Specs

  • Slider mobile phone handset, 103x49x15mm, 2.4in QVGA display, integrated GPS and compass, Nokia Maps software, visual and audio navigation
  • 3.2Mp camera, 20x digital zoom, Bluetooth v2 connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, push email, web browsing, 128MB internal memory and 1GB MicroSD card supplied (supports microSD cards up to 8GB)
  • Slider mobile phone handset, 103x49x15mm, 2.4in QVGA display, integrated GPS and compass, Nokia Maps software, visual and audio navigation
  • 3.2Mp camera, 20x digital zoom, Bluetooth v2 connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, push email, web browsing, 128MB internal memory and 1GB MicroSD card supplied (supports microSD cards up to 8GB)

OUR VERDICT

The Nokia 6210 Navigator successfully marries mobile phone and navigation functions, but you won’t want to use it instead of a TomTom for regular journeys. Sitting at lights waiting for it to replan a route when you’ve got lost or jabbing at its small screen to zoom in to see where you are just isn’t much fun. It’s ideal for explorations on foot and journey-planning though.

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