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Coming to London? Get around the city with Tube Map for BlackBerry smartphones

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By James Richardson on 20 Aug 2012 04:10 pm EDT
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For those of you that either live in London or have been fortunate to travel here you will know how much the city relies on its tube network. Tube Map for BlackBerry smartphones has been around of ages now but until recently the user interface wasn't great and my BlackBerry Bold 9900 wasn't supported. An update has fixed that now and in addition we have some nice new features which will make the app the perfect tool for getting around the city.

The Review 

Developer: mxData Ltd Version (at time of review): 2.1.15
File Size: 3145 KB
OS Requirements: BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 and higher
Cost: Free  Website:

Upon opening the application you are presented with a map of the underground network. You have the ability to more around the map either by using the optical track pad or by utilising the touch screen if your BlackBerry supports it. You will notice that there are also tabs on screen for zooming in and out. The whole map navigation is smooth and user friendly. 

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Pressing the BlackBerry button on your handset will jump you into the menu. Here you will find a list of options to help you achieve the task you are looking to carry out. First off we have Line Status. Simply laid out you will see a list of the different tube lines and the app will inform you if the lines are running with a good service or not. You can also press the 'later' or 'weekend' tabs if planning for a future trip and this will highlight any planned engineering work that may affect your journey.

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Visitors to London will certainly be most grateful for the next feature - Route Planner. Traveling in a new city can be daunting so the app makes light work of helping you plan your route. Just type in your start point and finish point and your route will be laid out for you, showing you the journey time and the amount of stops the trip will take. You can't really go wrong.

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Tap 'Show on map' and your planned route will be displayed on the map. Perfect if you fancy seeing what stations you will be passing and allowing for you to decide whether to get off early to view certain sites etc.

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There is even a Twitter option from within the menu. This will enable you to view all the tweets from Transport for London which may well assist you on your journey plans - a nice little touch.

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Departures

The coolest new feature within Tube Map is the Oyster integration. If you use an Oyster card for journey payments (and most people do) this can come in jolly handy. Once you register your card in the app you can at any point select the Oyster option from the menu and it will show your card balance. There is nothing worse than setting off on a journey and not knowing if you have enough funds for the trip. That problem is now eliminated thanks to Tube Map.  

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by mxData Ltd

The Good

With a simplistic user interface, productive features, combined with the live line status getting around London is made as painless as possible. A handy travel app to have.

The Bad

Clearly this is only app which will be useful if coming to London so it will have a limited use for Team BlackBerry. Apart from that all is good.

 

Conclusion

Overall the application is simply awesome. Clearly it will only be of use if you come to London but considering how many BlackBerry users we have here who live or work in the city, combined with the tourist trade I think that Tube Map is a 'must have app' on your BlackBerry.

Download Tube Map for your BlackBerry smartphone

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Reader comments

Coming to London? Get around the city with Tube Map for BlackBerry smartphones

9 Comments

That looks great. Even as a long-time former resident of the big smoke this would come in handy on occassion to aid the ailing memory!

it's ok - but Metro (free!) is much more useful (and you can download different maps for different cities......). You may remember Metro from the old Palm days....

So can you use the NFC function of Bold 9900 to pay for Oyster Underground rides yet?

It's such a waste to have Bold 9900 with NFC but no major NFC applications... RIM threw away its lead yet again...
(Personally, if I've had my way, I would have implemented London Oyster rides using Bold 9900 NFC payment system... in time for London Olympics...)

Other smartphone competitors are starting to catch up with NFC capability now...

I don't see rim flunking on this one. It just takes time to adopt things. Companies need to make apps and put the technology in place to allow NFC payments. RIM doesn't need to make the apps for them, it's the companies that have to do that sort of thing. No fail on RIM's end either, just not many are realising this before it gets widely used by the competition.