BlackBerry Maps Knock My Socks Off!

By James Falconer on 26 May 2007 01:46 pm EDT
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BlackBerry MapsHaving picked up a new 8800 the other day, one of the first things I did was check out BlackBerry Maps.

I was excited about my newfound GPS capability and couldn't wait to get started.

After opening the application I was amazed at how well it worked. By simply clicking and selecting 'Start GPS', my 8800 found the satellite signal, and plotted me on the map, EXACTLY where I was located. 'Great' I thought... 'It works, but lets take this to the road'.

I then quickly hopped into the car with my lovely Janet to grab a coffee. 'Starbucks or Tim Hortons?' was the only question. We settled on Starbucks for now.

After getting in the car and opening BlackBerry Maps, I quickly hit 'Start GPS' again... And what do you know it worked again! (big surprise). But what was really cool to me was how accurately it updated with our new co-ordinates. Driving along you can watch yourself move from location to location. Make a left turn, the whole map rotates as you turn. Very cool. In fact, I found myself with my head down watching the 8800 instead of the road. (Note to self, my next purchase should be a holster to prop up the 8800 in the car).

All in all I'm very pleased with BlackBerry Maps and indeed the 8800 in general. Coming from an 8700 I appreciate how slim and light the 8800 is in comparison. The only drawback I've found so far is I've found it a bit harder to type on the 8800. The keys seem to be closer together and aren't seperated as well as on the 8700... But I'll get more into that in another post.

Cheers to BlackBerry Maps. 10 out of 10.

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2 comments

baron22

....but will the GPS work if you have Verizon cell service. At the moment I can not have GPS work on any platform on my 8830?!

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