Best navigation-capable mobile phones

Most new mobile phones are GPS-enabled but not every GPS phone is created equal. We rate the best navigation-capable mobile phones.

Although mobile phones aren't always as reliable as dedicated in-car sat navs for navigation, a GPS-enabled mobile phone has its own advantages — namely they fit in your pocket and you generally carry them with you wherever you go.

Most new smartphones feature built-in GPS capabilities, but a large screen, good mapping software (often optional) and a loud speaker are a few things to look out for if you plan to use your mobile phone as a navigation device in the car.

We've rounded up some of the best navigation-capable mobile phones on the market. Some of these include dedicated GPS software on board for no extra cost, such as Nokia's Maps application that comes standard on all Nokia smartphones or Garmin-Asus' embedded navigation solution. Others, like the Apple iPhone and the range of Google Android smartphones, offer third-party navigation applications that can be purchased separately.

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Garmin-Asus A10

The Garmin-Asus A10 is far from the best Android smartphone available in Australia, but its excellent navigation software and low price make it great value for money. If you're on a strict budget, there aren't many phones at this price point that can match it.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 5th July, 2010
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Garmin-Asus
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.50
  • $ 459.00
  • Pros:
  • Excellent navigation capabilities, included accessories, 4GB internal memory, multitouch, great value for money
  • Cons:
  • Screen isn't always completely responsive, sluggish at times, interface lacks polish, widget home screens not immediately accessible, battery life
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