GPS on your phone means you always have a guide available-both in town and out in the wilderness. We test seven mobiles that will help you find the right.
GPS on your phone means you always have a guide available-both in town and out in the wilderness. Map services are most suited for drive-by users, but it’s starting to happen. Wayfinder has launched terrain maps for mobile, pedestrian mode, a more central place in the navigator programs. We have tested six actual gps mobile phones and sold bundled with bluetooth gps-both in the car and on foot.
The form and buttons
The Nokia N82 does not direct any minimobil, but this is actually the easiest and smoothest mobile seems even if several of the competitors is thinner. The N82 has very small buttons compared to what you usually find on Nokia mobiles. Design with rice Pearl-sized number buttons do we recognise from for example Sony Ericsson W880i, but the N82 ‘s keypad is more distinctive and works much better than what the look appears. Front is made of plastic which should resemble polished titanium while the rest of the shell consists of a more conventional grey plastic. No plus points to Nokia for material selection, but the N82 despite what feels like a quality product, thanks to details such as good buttons and a lens cap that seems reliable.
The other Nokia mobile is the sliding 6110 Navigator. A little thicker, a bit more plastic and a slightly smaller screen when compared to the N82. But the keypad is really good and the navigator software has its own button.
Of the Nokia 6110 navigation-enabled phones are the one that is best suited for finding the right.
TyTN II is the brick with its 190 grams. The importance is justified by a qwerty keypad with large buttons. TyTN II is a mobile for you who write many long sms and mail-Sony Ericsson and Samsung’s keyboard does not hold the same class. Around the 2.8 inch big screen there is lurknappar, a four-way button, shortcuts to Web browsers, e-mail, camera and start menu as well as a scroll wheel. The scroll wheel works well for browsing, but it’s very slow, pushing to make menu selections. On the back of the Tytn II, see connection for an external gps antenna.
HTC Touch Cruise has the same size screen, but has no keyboard and is 60 grams lighter. Despite its name, has the HTC Touch Cruise is not so big external similarities to its predecessors the Touch and the Touch Dual. The shape is more angular, front is grey with a specular surface and the small navigation button has been replaced with a swivel wheel and a number of function keys. Wheel helps when looking for the right option in long lists and buttons are useful even if the front of the phone is not as clean as on old HTC Touch.
Eten Glofiish x 800 is, just like the HTC Touch Cruise, a pure Smartphone without keyboard or numeric keypad. The design has some similarities with the Sony Ericsson P1i with surfaces in black rubber and aluminium with an occasional red detail, but x 800 does not have as much real metal in the shell. X 800 does not have as high a quality feel that P1i or the HTC Touch Cruise-control pin construction feels dated and details as the battery cover and the stylus is not as trustworthy as its competitors. X 800 has a rubber strip around the edge that makes the cell phone is pleasant to hold. Unfortunately it also to the buttons that are recessed in the bar is fairly slow to press.
P1i is a direct hit in terms of materials and quality feel. The surfaces of light metals is of course the one that pulls up the grade most, but even plastic parts feel a bit more lavish than the average mobile shell. Below the screen is Sony Ericsson’s own keyboard solution with two letters for each key, and where the 12 buttons in the Center also serves as the numeric keypad. A smart compromise that provides both practical text input and hearty numeric buttons.
Samsung i780 is the thinnest, but at the same time the widest cell. The material is plastic, but it still feels solid and substantial. I780 is very well supplied with input possibilities. Å, ä and ö have their own buttons on the qwerty keyboard and the cell phone is equipped with both a touchscreen and a touchpad that makes it easier to use the phone with one hand. The touch pad will fit in the black button below the screen and makes it possible to control the cursor with really good precision even without the pen.
Winner: Samsung i780 and Sony Ericsson P1i
Telephony and operating system
Samsung i780, Eten Glofiish x 800, HTC Tytn II, HTC Touch Cruise is equipped with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, but all four have refined the operating system in different ways. Samsung i780 is a today-view with different tabs and shortcuts to the most important functions. Compared to a windows mobile without improvements, the difference is quite small, and Samsung has not changed the interface as much as in the older model i600.
However, there are a number of useful pre-installed software. The most important is without doubt the Opera browser. The mobile version of Internet Explorer has not quite kept up with developments and is both slower and less able to view regular Web pages on mobile than such as Nokia’s Minimap or Access Netfront. Solution for Windows mobiles is to install Opera. The program is available in both the i780 and HTC Touch Cruise as well as in Sony Ericsson P1i, but then of course in the Uiq version. Buying Opera separately costs about $200.
In the music game ports i780 in the bottom, but it does recognize it by having many other benefits.
In addition to an improved browser, Samsung has added programs for rss and podcasting. Programmes has improved considerably compared to the i600 and nowadays you can get around the process of inputting long route addresses manually-there is a support for directory services. It is also possible to make your own directory of favorite channels via the free service opmlmanager.com. The features of the original Microsoft mail and messages. This means a rather dull and mainly black and white layout, but in return presented the content itself nicely with good support for html-formatted mail. I780 has good connectivity with turbo 3 g and wlan quickly, but as usual when it comes to Windows Mobile, it is quite complicated to use bluetooth to send files.
Upstart Eten has invested in third party software instead of proprietary extensions, and the cell phone comes with Software Spb Mobile Shell. Mobile Shell includes an enhanced today view with tabs and shortcuts, themes, weather forecasts, world time and enlarged menus so that you can access the main functions without the pen. Unfortunately, the mobile phone fairly slow. Probably requires a lot of memory and processing power to draw up the screenshots in full vga resolution, and it takes longer to do simple things like opening the browser or to close down programs in windows than in the rest of the x 800 phones.
VGA screen means that the x 800 has four times as many pixels on the same surface as compared to HTC phones. In many programs will result in no improvement or difference-Windows Mobile simply magnifies all pixels so the resolution in practice qvga. Programs such as Internet Explorer, Office Mobile and Windows Media Player can be set up so that they make use of the higher resolution, but the text sometimes becomes very small. Except for the performance problems puts user experience x 800 anywhere between Samsung i780 and HTC phones.
Mobile Shell contains significantly more and prettier improvements than what Samsung offers, but HTC has managed to even better. TyTN II includes a stripped down version of HTC’s own interface TouchFLO. The usual today-view has been replaced with the HTC Home Screen-a clean and functional home screen with shortcuts, clock, weather forecast and the most current information from your calendar and messaging applications. There is also the option to add the Favorites both shortcuts to applications and speed dial to call contacts.
Also telephony functions has been given a much needed facelift with a large numerical keypad on screen and magnified interface for call lists that can be managed directly on the screen with your fingers. HTC has also simplified the bluetooth settings and other functionality through a custom theme for “Comm manager”. Just a touch on the sized bluetooth icon to activate it or press on the plane to turn the phone radio parts.
TyTN II is the brick, but the importance is justified by the keyboard and large print-friendly buttons.
HTC Touch Cruise has great similarities with the Tytn II, but contains even more improvements that will make the phone easy to use without the pen. Cruise has 2.0 version of TouchFLO and it means, for example, that one can touch some elements to get an enlarged version with finger-friendly icons. An example is the symbols in the upper-right corner of the screen-it makes it much easier to access features such as silent mode or the active connection. Touch Cruise offers several different screen keyboard for text input, from a qwerty keyboard that works best with your pen to large numerical keyboard with multi-tap.
Nokia N82, 6110 Navigator are both Symbian S60 phones with version 3.1 of the interface. Telephony features and mobile devices, while the browser is the strength it is worse with features like rss reader and email. Nokia’s e-mail software displays the html emails as attachments that must be opened in the browser and fonts are unnecessary large-you see, for example, only four messages on each screen in the lists of emails and text messages. N82 works well with wireless networks and both sensitivity and interfaces is enhanced compared to the brand’s first wlan-mobiles.
The third Symbian mobile phone is Sony Ericsson P1i. Here it’s touchscreen and Uiq interface and mobile is very elaborate. Program for messages, with integrated rss reader, are top class and the customizable today-the view is both stylish and easy to use. The cell phone has some weaknesses. Other phones in the test have turbo 3 g and often both edge and quick wlan. With P1i do you settle for the usual 3 g and the slower 802 .11b standard for wireless networks. I also experience it as a little trickier to use than HTC Touch Cruise-despite the excellent keypad. It takes quite a long time to learn which features are the easiest to control via the keypad, which can be used via the screen without stylus and the situations in which the pen must be presented. When it comes to such issues is HTC’s TouchFLO 2.0 without a doubt the most intuitive.
Winner: HTC Touch Cruise
All mobiles in the test are equipped with both camera and media player, but the seven mobiles are distributed over the grading scale from no more than mediocre implementations to peak performance. Default player for music and video clips in Windows Mobile is Windows Media Player. It fills their role dutifully, but can’t even with good will, be described as user-friendly. Even simple and important features such as putting together a playlist is fiddly to use and there are no features to speak of. Support for various file formats, however, are approved.
HTC has added its own “Audio manager” in both the Tytn II and in Touch Cruise to fix the worst shortcomings. The result is approved-both playback functions and the handling of the music on the memory card are both better looking and easier to use, but they come nowhere near the best music phones. When it comes to music ports Eten Glofiish x 800 and Samsung i780 at the bottom while the HTC Tytn II, Touch Cruise are faring slightly better.
X 800 has some similarities to P1, but is a pure touchscreen mobile and lacks the physical keypad.
Sony Ericsson P1i Nokia 6110 Navigator has fully accepted music player even though we’ve seen better players in other models from each brand. Player in P1i has not all features that are found in the sharpest Walkman phones, but the step is not too far. The Nokia N82 is the best music player. Compared to the older N- series mobiles is the much faster when it comes to dealing with large music collections. The link to podcasting client is another plus as well as the standard connector for headphones.
However, it is the camera that makes the N82 to the big winner in the multimedia category-it is simply one of the best camera phones on the market right now. Both still images and video clips are of high class and your phone has good support for the various blog posts that you may want to send the pictures to. As a close second when it comes to image quality, Sony Ericsson P1i. The camera does not have lens cap and xenon flash, but thanks to the dual LEDs take decent pictures, even indoors.
HTC phones have very good interface to control the settings of the camera, but the image quality will reach barely up to a passing grade despite autofocus. Nokia 6110 Navigator and Samsung i780 takes approved images, considering the hardware limitations. Eten Glofiish x 800 takes decent outdoor graphics, but is far too poor light sensitivity to work well indoors.
Winner: Nokia N82
To work well in the car needs a navigator both seen and heard clearly. Both screens with good readability and speaker with strong and rich audio takes a lot of space, so it ends up gps-handsets at a disadvantage compared to even the simplest integrated navigators for bilbruk.
Car navigation the screens are usually around 3.5 inch in the cheapest models. In this test, HTC’s both mobiles like Eten Glofiish x 800-all with 2.8 inch big screens. Nokia 6110 Navigator and the N82 has at least 2.2 2.4 inch screens respectively. It’s not just size that matters when it comes to the function in the car. High-gloss laptop screens, as on HTC Touch Cruise and the Nokia N82, can be nice when you have the cell phone in his hand, but in the car is the glossy surface. It is more difficult to read the information and the Sun sometimes distracting reflections.
The N82, you can choose to download the maps running through the cellular network or load them via your computer and Nokia’s Web site.
Tytn II works best with a combination of a large screen and a relatively antiglare surface. In some vehicles, it may be difficult to get the gps signals due to heat rejection windscreens. When an external antenna is a must. Minus points for both Nokia mobiles with no antenna connection.
HTC phones come with software from Our site. The program has been around for a while and interface design starts to approach the best before date, but the functionality is there nothing wrong with. Our site uses your phone’s data connection extensively-for everything from maps to traffic information and download of new voices and features.
Many features, such as weather and traffic information, cost extra, but the range and the ability to customize the content according to their own needs is impressive. The operation works just like in the brand’s all-in-one navigation devices. The menus have the same icons and the size is sufficient to allow the program to go easy to use even on the smaller screen.
Our site provides a convenient feature that other navigators are missing-for example, the ability to insert the desired arrival time to get updates on how to stand in relation to the timetable. Our site works great even outside the car and have a clear 2D map in his pedestrian mode.
Samsung has chosen to deliver the i780 with software from another giant among navigator producers-Garmin. The program is presented as Samsung Navigator, but is identical to the Garmin Mobile XT which are available for most smartphones on the market. The interface is downloaded from the Garmin nüvi series of navigators and is both elegant and easy to use. The basic functions are a bit sharper than both Our site and Route 66, but the Garmin Online for traffic information and weather feels not as developed and reliable online services from Our site, Route 66 or Wayfinder. I780 has more screen real estate than the measurements suggest because the screen is square, but the speaker sound is weak.
Route 66 Nokia 6110 Navigator combines a sleek interface with advanced features, but the back when paltry little screen is not enough way when using the cell phone as car-gps. It is a pity, for Route 66 is a very well made software right into the details as satellite status view and trip odometer. Map views and instructions work great and the many setting possibilities is divided into tabs with exactly the same form in which the mobile phone’s settings, making it easy to find if you are familiar with S60.
Route 66 can connect to the mobile network and get traffic information and weather. Route 66 can be set up for use on foot, although it is not as smooth as in Our site. The format of the 6110 Navigator and the small screen makes it best suited just for navigation, so it is a flaw that the software isn’t better suited for this.
Common for the Our site, Garmin and Route 66 is that the applications are provided with the map data installed on the memory card. Nokia N82 comes with Nokia Maps and Sony Ericsson comes with the Wayfinder application that is based on is online and download maps of the location where you are. Then you have to be prepared for international travel-there can be hideously expensive to use applications with data rates of around SEK 100 per megabyte, but fortunately, it is possible to download maps via the PC and install on the memory card.
Both Nokia and Wayfinder’s subscription services. With Wayfinder, you pay a fee for the maps and all functionality while Nokia allow you to watch free on the maps and pays for route guidance. Nokia Maps has a neat and clear map view, but provides only the most basic features. There is a 3D mode, but the North is always up, which doesn’t feel particularly intuitive when driving a car. Almost all navigators fits the map after the direction. Nokia Maps is also not optimal for pedestrians because it always want to lock position to a drive-though to make a long detour out in a park.
Wayfinder feels much more complete. Installation of Wayfinder could be a little tricky, but with P1i delivered the program pre-installed, so it’s easy to get started. Wayfinder is not quite as advanced as Our site, but there is support for traffic information and the ability to manage maps, points of interest and plans from the excellent mywayfinder.com Web service with no software to install on your computer.
The Sony Ericsson P1 is delivered with a separate GPS which connects wirelessly via bluetooth.
Sony Ericsson P1i is delivered with an external bluetooth gps. A solution that works great for the car, but it’s extremely impractical when you want to use the Navigator to the foot. Wayfinder has a good pedestrian mode, but it is rarely used because bluetooth gps is easily forgotten left in the car.
Eten Glofiish x 800 Glofiish Navigator comes with the program. The program is sold stand alone under the name of iGo and is a pleasant acquaintance. The interface is neat and easy to use even without the pen. The program uses the vga screen resolution, so the graphics are extremely sharp. It reveals not so much of in the car because the distance to the screen goes too far, but on foot, it is estimated the sharpness and ability to get into a lot of details in the map images.
A unique feature of the x 800 is the support for RDS-TMC traffic information over FM radio network. GPS phones usually use data connection to retrieve traffic information, but x 800 using the possibility to free updates in Sweden. In many other countries, however, requires subscription. In order to use traffic information must be plugged in the headset cord as an antenna, but it is obviously a big plus to Ethylene using the possibility to connect the gps and FM radio in your phone.
Navigator program from Our site has good features for both pedestrians and motorists, but the hardware allows two different mobile phones will be the winner. The glossy screen and the flexible format allows the Touch Cruise is best suited as a handheld navigator while the Tytn II does a better job in the car.
Winner-in car: HTC Tytn II
Winner-on foot: the HTC Touch Cruise
HTC Touch Cruise
HTC Touch Cruise is a very user-friendly Windows Mobile with great features for both telephony and navigation. Map application from Our site score high in both navigation on foot and in car. The mobile phone’s weakness is the multimedia functions. The music player is improved compared with the standard Windows Mobile and there’s an FM radio, but among Symbian mobiles, we find both sharper cameras better media players.