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Navigate from point A to point B with Magellan Compass for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Zach Gilbert on 12 Jun 2012 01:29 pm EDT
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The native mapping application on the BlackBerry PlayBook may be lacking some essential features, and while we all know that's changing, other developers are stepping in to fill that void. o2 interactive has developed one feature-packed map application that also allows for turn-by-turn navigation. One of the biggest selling features in the app is the ability to store up to 2GB of mapping data right on your PlayBook, making this application handy for any cross-border drives where data roaming would typically be an issue.

Features:

  • Map Quest data provider
  • Open Street Maps data provider
  • Easy navigation to accelerate panning and easy finger zooming
  • Multiple types of GPS heads up display
  • Multiple map types including maps, satellite, and hybrid
  • Automatic map caching for off-line usage
  • Real-time traffic for the U.S.
  • Real-time traffic incidents for the U.K.
  • Real-time weather radar overlay for the U.S. Along with radar animation.
  • User-defined Points-Of-Interest markers associated with bookmarks
  • Directions and guidance system

I’ve been using the navigation side of the application for the past two weeks and I must say, it’s pretty rock solid. With the application recalculating your route within seconds of making a wrong turn, you’ll never be too far off from your path. Coming this week I will be traveling to Waterloo to have a visit at RIM HQ and I’ll be using Magellan Compass on my 3-hour drive there. Magellan Compass for the BlackBerry PlayBook can be found in BlackBerry App World for the reasonable price of $5.99. While there are a few features I would like to have, I’m glad that we’re seeing apps like this come to the PlayBook. I’m curious as to which features the CrackBerry Nation would like to see brought to this application so sound off in the comments below. 

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21 comments

parabyte

Is it just me of does this app not seem to work so well?

greatwiseone

I've been using it for a while now, and the biggest deficiency with the app is the search functionality. The routing, re-routing, all seem to work fairly well. I've been on bridge when I'm routing, and so I'm not sure how well the caching is working. Good job by a smaller developer though, and I hope to see more improvements to the app in the future...

smasha132

can it be used without a wifi connection? Not asking for full featured usage but will the GPS still track you? especially if you cache your trip before hand?

Rootbrian

It would work regardless. GPS doesn't need data to work.

ClassyBOLD

not really turn-by-turn navigation if the voice doesn't guide you (i.e. "turn left in .2 miles")...just saying.

UPDATE: see Jtegen post below.

jtegen

v3.1 (recently released but after this review) search has greatly improved.

It can be used off line without WIFI. Need to store map data before hand and save routes.

It does do turn by turn instructions (e.g. "In 0.2 miles, left turn") of your choice of voice. Not certain why it did not prompt him on this route.

ShushUAE

I want this app but can't find 3.1 in App World. What gives?

I've downloaded 2.3 but would like to try the new version on my next trip to Europe. Will it work?

ClassyBOLD

Ah k. Thx for clarifying. Wierd that it didn't do that in the review video.

posadajulian

Anyone knows how good this will work on countries outside the us and uk?

BBPandy

Works good in Canada. Just doesn't have traffic or weather

jordandrews90

He was in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada during this video, and it was giving him weather updates.

posadajulian

What about maps for other countries, im in Colombia, how accurate do you think info should be in this case?

PostMortem

This application is very feature rich, in addition to everything Zack mentioned, there's Yelp integration for those that are into that. I really like that you can cache maps by region " current view" and store it. For example, if you are at home and have wifi, you can zoom to the entire view of a city (depending on size) and tell it to cache upto 6 levels at once and it stores them for you. The limit is 6 levels I think... I wish the limit was determined by the amount of storage available instead of by levels-understanding that the map files are fairly large. I have captured my city at the cost of ~70 MB.

Wolf35Nine

Nice. I wonder if RIM could integrate Blackberry traffic via Bridge?

elshaman

Does the app takes control of the dimming of the screen and the stand by?

Ex.: if you have set the screen to turn off the in 30 seconds, with the app running it stays on??

Thanks for the answer...

cherolis

Love the weather feature. Been wanting that in a GPS forever. Huge plus for us motorcycle types.

titanjhb

What are the maps like for South Africa? Read on reviews that the the maps outside Canada and USA isn't that good.

latingeo

The problem with RIMM is that other companies like Apple and Android have entered the marketplace and were able to better meet constantly increasing customer expectations. RIMM is trying to leverage blackberry 10, but its known fail to connect with consumers on a regular basis and constant basis at any significant level of engagement a little to late ahead of competition, better yet it's not even competition, it's more holding on by a few threads way in the back.

Rootbrian

No, RIM is innovating. Have patience and stop being negative with the doom and gloom. Drop it.

jbreau

Got this last night and am satified with the app. What I would like to make clear is that it does not work when bridged.

I beleive alot of people are confusing bridge with tethering. See http://crackberry.com/blackberry-bridge-vs-internet-tethering