The next new feature that wasn’t in the original is the theoretical ability to import addresses from Outlook contacts. I say theoretical as it doesn’t work properly. After synchronising the phone with Outlook the software was intelligent enough to list only those contacts that have addresses. However it couldn’t actually read the addresses from those contacts. I spent time manually entering a contact, but the software could only read the address if you put the road first and then the house number. As no one writes addresses that way, it renders it a pointless feature.
I was also disappointed with the level of detail in the Points of Interest database. Though last time I found it good, one of the first things I tried was to look for this time happened to be Ascot railway station. However, it simply wasn’t there. All the others nearby were present but not Ascot. For comparison I checked on my own TomTom One and was surprised to see that it listed exactly the same station, omitting Ascot. The connection between the two devices is that they are both using Tele-Atlas maps. Clearly, the Tele-atlas maps aren’t as up-to-date as they should be and the device can only be as good as the data it’s given.
Another niggle is that there are some strange spelling errors. The male voice is written as ‘Cristopher’ and one of the POI categories is called ‘Recriation’.
Despite these criticisms, Navicore is nevertheless a good piece of software. It runs smoothly on a mobile phone, which has far less CPU power than a PDA and computes routes speedily. It’s very pleasant to use and look good with the addition of full UK post-code support, getting to your destination using your mobile is easier than ever.
While the ultimate would be a mobile phone with GPS fully built-in, in the mean time Navicore 2006 is still an effective solution though it still works better in the car, than when on foot.
If you like the idea of GPS on your phone then Navicore’s solution works well as long as you’re happy with a Symbian phone. Of the new features introduced in the 2006 version, the seven digit post-code support and speed camera database work well, but the traffic data and the pedestrian mode could do with improvements, while increased accuracy on the maps wouldn’t go amiss either.
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