The Good The easy-to-use VZ Navigator turns your cell phone into a navigation device, providing accurate and clear turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, and traffic updates. There's a function to search for fuel by price and peruse movie times and local event listings.You can also send your location to friends via text message and manage your addresses and searches with a desktop component.
The Bad We wish VZ Navigator's audible directions alerted us to upcoming turns more frequently. Also, viewing maps and directions on a cell phone's small screen isn't ideal for in-car use. The text messaging feature only works with other Verizon phones, and addresses were off the mark.
The Bottom Line Easy to use and extremely useful, Verizon's VZ Navigator service turns your cell phone into a navigation device that can guide you to your destination with accurate directions and local information.
Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator
Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator
Editors' note: The review and ratings have been updated since the original publish date to reflect new features that have been added since the product's first release.
Cell phones have come a long way from their roots, not only in terms of design but also in the types of services offered by carriers. Each of the major providers now offers downloadable ring tones, images, games, and other multimedia fun, while Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T have launched music and video stores. And now Verizon has empowered its cell phone users even more with a helpful application, called VZ Navigator. As part of Verizon's Get It Now services, VZ Navigator turns your mobile into a GPS navigation device, providing you with turn-by-turn directions (text- and voice-guided), points of interest, and local maps. And recently, Networks in Motion (the company behind the navigation service) released an updated version that adds location-based messaging and Web site management. Overall, the service is easy to use and was helpful in our tests, accurately guiding us to our destinations and providing us with information on local attractions.
VZ Navigator offers six basic functions: Navigation; Local Search; My Places; Maps and Traffic; Movies and Events; and Messages. Navigation provides voice-guided turn-by-turn directions via the speakerphone, in addition to text-based instructions. Obviously, a cell phone's smaller screen isn't optimal for in-car use, but it does give you a good idea of your location, either via an overview map, of which you can zoom in and out, or a dedicated screen with your current instructions (for example, Main Street, turn left in 0.2 mile). In all, you can choose from three views: Dashboard, Sliding 3D, or Sliding 2D. Even with these visual cues, we relied heavily on the audible directions while driving (you can choose from two voices) and used the graphics as a secondary source. You can, however, set VZ Navigator to create a route based on whether you're walking or biking.
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