The HTC Desire HD features a built-in GPS receiver, which managed to acquire a lock in a little over a moment (with A-GPS switched off). If all you have to is a rough idea of what your location is (within 150 meters) you need to use the Cell-ID and Wi-Fi network secure, which is very fast.
Google Maps is a standard area of the Android package and we’ve covered it often times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in specific countries and falls back to a listing of instructions elsewhere. You can plan avenues, search for nearby POI and enter in the always cool Street View. But HTC recently made an appealing announcement – the Desire HD as well as the Desire Z will come with HTC Areas, collaboration with TomTom.
What HTC Locations are capable of doing is let you download maps for countries at no cost, or just cache maps as an individual browse. Google Maps has caching empowered too, but the best part about Locations is which it can calculate routes even when real world – and Gmaps can’t. If you stray from the course and don’t have a info connection Gmaps can’t do anything, that will be a problem. No such problems with Locations though – that distinction makes every one of the difference when traveling abroad.
It doesn’t do voice-guided navigation at no cost like Ovi Maps though – but nevertheless, you can use the list of instructions and tap another and pervious arrows to see another turn. Not ideal but it’s a fantastic addition, especially since it’s free. HTC Locations features a regular 2D view and a animations view, which is convenient because it offers you a better look of what’s in advance. It’s just as easy to assist as Google Maps and has POI too (together with your Footprints) and also 3D properties.
Pinch zoom works in both 2D and 3D modes and you may turn on compass mode – initially it seems choppy, but that’s only to avoid wobbling (digital compasses usually are not the most accurate things on earth). One more thing we identified interesting – when HTC announced Places, they said they were collaborating together with TomTom. But when we started the iphone app we saw Route66 flash on the screen – as it happens the software is by Route66, although TomTom contributed the maps.
The automobile panel offers big, easy to hit buttons so that you will don’t get too distracted while traveling. A handy option is “mark this location” – great for many who often forget where they parked their particular car. If you take the plunge and pay extra for your voice-guided navigation, the HTC Desire HI-DEF can very successfully double s any SatNav unit. A lot of committed units have 4. 3”-5” screens, and so the Desire HD isn’t really at any disadvantage here.