BlackBerry Storm Gets TeleNav GPS App: Move Over VZ Navigator
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Despite a notable lack of Wi-Fi, Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Storm packs internal GPS. But until today, pickings were slim when it came to full-fledged GPS navigation apps for the Storm; Verizon Wireless’s own VZ Navigator was the only option. Thanks to GPS software vendor TeleNav and its TeleNav GPS Navigator for Storm, that’s no longer the case—and the company’s giving away free 30-day trials.
The new TeleNav Storm app features multicolor, 3D motion-maps; both spoken and on-screen directions; voice recognition for destination entry; traffic alerts with estimated ETA; and a variety of local search functions. And it works in conjunction with the device’s accelerometer, so the app functions in both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) modes.
TeleNav GPS Navigator is already available for a wide variety of BlackBerry devices. In fact, TeleNav powers the popular AT&T Navigator and Sprint Navigation GPS apps. And VZ Navigator and all three of the TeleNav apps all cost the same amount at $9.99 for a month’s worth of unlimited trips. (For a comparison of both the Sprint and AT&T TeleNav apps and VZ Navigator, read “Smartphone GPS Showdown: AT&T v. Sprint v. Verizon.”)
I haven’t had a chance to take a ride with the Storm app yet, but I’ve been using AT&T Navigator for some time now and I’m a big fan. It’s no full Garmin or Tom Tom GPS unit, but for a smartphone app, you can’t beat it. I did, however, fire up the new Storm software just to see what it looks like—and so I could show you. The extra screen real estate the Storm’s display provides really makes a difference when compared to my BlackBerry Bold’s screen. But I also noticed a slight lag when switching back and forth between portrait and landscape—the word “loading” actually appears on screen for a second during the transition.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.