BlackBerry Maps has been available on BlackBerry for years, however it never quite did the trick for most users. While it did work – it wasn’t loaded with features worthy enough of making it a “must have” app. Over the years it has evolved and thanks to the new BlackBerry 10 platform it’s finally and app we can be proud of. Keep in mind here that I did most of my testing on a BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 both running OS 10.1, so some features may not be available to you if you’re still running OS 10.
The new BlackBerry Maps is simply awesome. It works extremely well and, while it doesn’t have a ton of features, has just enough to get things done and that’s fine by me.
BlackBerry Maps not only gives you great mapping (obviously) but also provides voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation that rivals many stand-alone GPS units.
When you fire up the app it first shows you a map of your current location (providing you have location services enabled). From here you can either search for an address or view your favorites. Favorites consists of addresses you’ve saved in the app, recent searches and contact addresses that are pulled from your contact list.
When searching for an address, simply start typing and you’ll be shown a list of locations that match your search. When you find what you’re looking for, tap it and it will be shown as a pin point on the map. You can pan around and zoom to your hearts content here, or tap the arrow to start navigation.
There are a few options within the navigation including route options, night mode and navigation audio. Again, not too many options but still enough to get the job done.
So here’s the breakdown: Search for an address, start navigating, get where you’re going.
Not only does BlackBerry Maps make for a great mapping tool, but the navigation features are also top notch for BlackBerry 10 as well.
Check out the video above as I give BlackBerry Maps a good test drive then hit the comments with your thoughts.
BlackBerry Maps comes pre-installed on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, but you can find more info at the link below.