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Telenav 4.7 for BlackBerry

£5 per month

Manufacturer: Telenav

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Telenav is a sensible marriage of large-screen satnav handset and robust mapping software.

Putting GPS on to mobile phones is this year's thing, but few yet have satnav as a built-in function. The others require a separate Bluetooth receiver. Thankfully, Telenav's black and silver adaptor is a classy-looking piece of kit (especially compared to some of its less well-bred rivals).

You get good clear maps that you can easily zoom in and out from by pressing a number on the keypad. We also liked being able to leap to a location and have Telenav guide you there by clicking on a contact in your BlackBerry address book – as long as you've stored their home or office address, of course. There's a useful separate option to locate and get directions to an airport, too.

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Other aspects, such as tracking down your current location, can take some time – a complaint we also had with Nokia's Navigator. Obviously, if you're lost, you've all the time in the world, but it's not necessarily the shortcut to getting directions from A to B that you may think. It's quicker to type in an address or a business using the Biz Finder.

Pedestrians can make use of the compass and waypoints. Detail can be sketchy when you zoom in fully, but they're a useful adjunct to the street maps given that you're as likely to be wandering foreign parts in your stilettos as in your hire car.

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Telenav 4.7 for BlackBerry Expert Verdict »

Maps: Telenav 4.7, UK and western Europe
no traffic updates, no speed camera alerts included
2.25in, 240x260 screen
rerouting, full postcode search, car/pedstrian/cycling modes
USB charger
49x13x105mm, 89g
BlackBerry handset sold separately
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 7 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

On the whole we got on well with the Telenav. It's a sensible marriage of large-screen handset and robust mapping software. Maps for much of western Europe are included and you can't argue with the price. In the US, there's support for non-BlackBerry use too. Let's hope other UK phones get it soon.

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