Although mobile phones aren't always as reliable as dedicated in-car sat navs for navigation, a GPS-enabled mobile phone has its own advantages — namely they fit in your pocket and you generally carry them with you wherever you go. Most new smartphones feature built-in GPS capabilities, but a large screen, good mapping software (often optional) and a loud speaker are a few things to look out for if you plan to use your mobile phone as a navigation device in the car.
We've rounded up some of the best navigation-capable mobile phones on the market. Some of these include dedicated GPS software on board for no extra cost, such as [[artnid:339423|Nokia's Maps application]] that comes standard on all Nokia smartphones or [[artnid:356595|Garmin-Asus' embedded navigation solution]]. Others, like the [[artnid:355503|Apple iPhone]] and the range of [[artnid:352315|Google Android smartphones]], offer third-party navigation applications that can be purchased separately.
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The Optus-exclusive Garmin-Asus A50 Android smartphone represents good value, offering a larger screen than the mid-range Garmin-Asus A10. This smartphone falls short in a number of areas, including the exclusion of a standard headphone jack, but an excellent navigation experience gives it a unique edge.
- Review Date:
- 16th Aug., 2010
- Ross Catanzariti