Nokia announced this year that its excellent Ovi Maps would not only no longer cost a penny, you could also utilise your Nokia's navigation no matter where you are in the world. With the Nokia N8 this means, users can enjoy detailed maps on the vibrant 3.5-inch display complete with voice guidance to their destination, stopping off at any number of points of interest, whether travelling by car or on foot. With an array of features including the ability to record your own voice guidance instructions, as well as a host of Lonely Planet Guides preloaded, Ovi Maps latest trick, 'Check In' lets you post your GPS location with a message and/or picture to social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
With its giant five-inch display, the Dell Streak can display more mapping content at any one time. With a fast and accurate A-GPS fix, and Google Maps on board, you can monitor your movements whether as a driver or pedestrian, while the digital compass helps maintain your sense of direction. Unfortunately, the Streak's OS doesn't support Google Map's voice navigation or multi-touch, so you'll be restricted to zooming using the on-screen buttons.
The iPhone 4 is packed full of mapping features. Using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and network towers, you can be sure of an accurate, fast fix. Users can drop a virtual pin on the map and simply choose to navigate to that spot, while you can choose from a map view, a satellite view or a cross between the two. The digital compass will assist you in making sure you're heading in the right direction. Yet for all that is great about the iPhone 4, if you want voice navigation you'll have to download an app, as natively it doesn't support it.
A phone with sat nav at its very core, the Garmin Asus Nuvifone comes installed with Navteq, a mapping solution that can display maps in 2D or 3D. Users will be able to enjoy voice instructions, while a mammoth battery life will ensure you won't run out of juice on even the longest of journeys. However, while it's sat nav credentials excel, the award is for best Sat Nav phone, and in the phone stakes, the Nuvifone disappoints.
With its crystal clear display, accurate and not to mention fast A-GPS and multi-touch enabled Google Maps, the HTC Desire is an ideal travelling companion. To zoom in on a map simply pinch and pull or double tap the screen, while Street View enables you to view maps as you see them. Though as good as Google Maps is (the 2.2 update enables voice navigation), it remains in Ovi Maps shadow.