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HTC’s Compass tries to bring direction to your life

Compass (HTC) Review

by on April 24, 2011

The modern mobile phone user will invariably find themselves lost as they try to navigate the tricky plains of today’s cities – this is due to sticking their nose into their smartphone and finding they haven’t kept track of where they’re going.

While Bing Maps helps you find your way to places through on-screen directions, it fails on a pretty important point: knowing which way down a road you’re supposed to go before you start trekking down it.

HTC’s offering (which, as you can imagine, is only available for HTC phones at this point) goes one step further by adding a compass on top of your Bing Maps experience, making it much easier to know if you’re pointing in the right direction.

The compass is large and bulky on the screen, and seems to want to stay on there when you’re asking the application for directions, which gets in the way of actually seeing where you want to go.

Also, adding a place to get to is a weird experience as you have to drag the map under a pin, rather than the other way around, so accuracy can be quite tricky at times.

As we’ve said time and again with these apps, it’s a shame they don’t integrate into the main application, as firing up a separate offering gets tiresome when you’re trying to navigate somewhere.

However, overall it’s a decent service – it’s a must-download for those with an HTC Windows Phone 7 device.

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