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Group test: 8 satnavs and GPS smartphones reviewed

The 8 best satnavs and GPS-enabled mobile phones

Whether you want a faster, less stressful way of getting from place to place or some guidance while expanding your horizons, you're spoilt for choice on the navigation front. PC Advisor tests eight GPS devices.

BlackBerry navigation app

Telenav on BlackBerry smartphone

We were given a 30-day trial of the Telenav satnav software with the T-Mobile Pay Once BlackBerry Pearl 8110 handset. If your handset doesn’t come with the link preinstalled on the handset, it can be downloaded from ota.telenav.com/ota/europe.

Downloading over 3G took around 5 mins; we then accepted the licence agreement, entered our mobile number (including international dialling code) and created a PIN code to access it. All rather long-winded.

However, it is a comprehensive satnav program with more than 10 million POIs, over the air updates and a solid built-in search function that helped us find specific hotels and businesses.

We also liked Telenav for its waymarking options and swift rerouting. We used it to guide us on foot to a BlackBerry event and tried to fox it by deviating down side streets. It had our number, and soon corralled us back to where we should be.

BlackBerry AppWorld is the name of the download store for BlackBerry users. On a large-screen device such as the BlackBerry Bold, which we used to try it out, it’s a model of simplicity. There’s a link straight to the App Store, and you can browse recommended apps and read reviews of them as well as searching by keyword.

It takes quite some time to load up the reviews, so it’s helpful that there are also star ratings alongside each. By comparison, you can scroll through comprehensive product details and user reviews about iPhone apps very efficiently.

Verdict: Setup feels like a needlessly lengthy process, but this is otherwise a quick and competent navigation app.

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Index:

  1. The 8 best satnavs and GPS-enabled mobile phones
  2. Satnavs: no substitute for common sense
  3. Group test: personal navigation device reviews
  4. Group test: GPS-enabled smartphone reviews
  5. BlackBerry navigation app
  6. Desktop navigation app
  7. Navigating with your iPhone

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