On Overview Of The Location Based Services On The Awesome New HTC Sensation
The HTC Sensation is the manufacturer’s new flagship smartphone, and has the specifications to put many of its rivals to shame. One of the increasingly popular aspects of smartphones s their location based services, such as maps and applications which give you turn by turn directions.
In this article I will take a look at the location based services included with the HTC Sensation.
Many smartphone manufacturers offer their own versions of maps software, such as Google Maps which comes as standard on many devices such as Android handsets and Apple iPhone handsets. HTC Places offers something different, and arguably much better than the competition. Developed in cooperation with TomTom (providing the software) and Route 66 (providing the maps), HTC Places allows users to carry out many of the function you can on Google Maps, but with one major advantage; you do not have to be connected to the internet to use the maps. When the device is connected to a network it automatically updates its location behind the scenes, and saved a cached copy of its immediate vicinity, able to save the map of a whole country at a time. This is extremely useful, after all, what good is a map service if you are lost, and don’t have access to a data network to actually download a map? Alternatively, you can choose to download maps of entire countries at any time, free of charge. This can be useful for planning trips or holidays, especially when you are unsure of that particular location’s network coverage. Once you have downloaded a country map, you can zoom in by pinching the touchscreen, and view the map at street level, in either 2D or 3D modes.
Another useful feature of the HTC Sensation is its ability to provide turn by turn navigation. This is especially useful if you are trying to get to one particular location, and keeps you updated on your progress. Although the application does not provide audio instructions (like services such as Ovi Maps), it is still a nice addition to a great package of location based services.
Whilst services such as Google Maps are still useful, HTC Places offers an evolution to location based services on smartphones. In fact, HTC Places really reflects the manufacturer’s ethos of providing innovative products and services which remain easy to use. The HTC Sensation is a great device to showcase features like this, thanks to its powerful hardware.
Obviously, HTC Places is just one of the attractive features of the HTC Sensation. It cuts no corners in the quest to provide the ultimate smartphone experience, and is worth a closer look if you are looking for a new smartphone.
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