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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.

Desktop navigation app

WalkIt

Walkit, described as an 'urban walking route planner’, is designed to encourage those of us who’d happily dump public transport and switch to foot power. You can check how far and how long you’ll be walking, not to mention the number of steps involved (the NHS recommends 10,000 per day).

Walkit currently works in 14 UK cities, and you can ask for routes that will be most direct, least busy or best for avoiding pollution.

Suggestions for interesting walking routes and sights worth a quick detour are also included.

We’re not convinced it knows all the best routes, so it’s worth dropping the site creators a line if you know of a handy shortcut. A response came back in no time when we emailed some questions and suggestions. A smartphone version is high on the priority list.

Verdict: It’s still a work in progress, but we’re keen to see how Walkit will develop. You may find yourself tempted to try new routes, now you know what you’re letting yourself in for – and the health benefits you’re likely to get.

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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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