BlackBerry Maps is the official BlackBerry map application for its new operating system BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry Maps offers maps in 2D and a navigation system that shows you the routes in 3D, accompanied by voice, as if it were a GPS.
By default, BlackBerry 10 has installed BlackBerry Maps. This is the default maps application, and is integrated into the system.
BlackBerry Maps resembles its "cousins" Google Maps, HERE Maps and Apple Maps. To get started, use the phone's GPS to find your exact location and show your surroundings.
BlackBerry Maps allows you to search for streets, cities, countries and establishments (cinemas, shopping malls, restaurants ...). The truth is that we have been pleasantly surprised by the number of places included, some with phone numbers too.
In addition to using maps, BlackBerry Maps works as a browser. Enter the destination address and the app will show you how far away it is, the estimated time it will take (by car or motorcycle) and the route. If you hit Start, a three-dimension map opens with spoken directions. Like a GPS.
From the My Places tab, you can access your favorite places, so if you've searched before it is very easy access. Also, you can add the address of your home and work and they will be saved.
Despite displaying traffic information (if desired), BlackBerry Maps is lame in terms of extra options. We miss being able to add options by the type of information, such as traffic, Restaurant, POI, etc...
It is easy to use
BlackBerry Maps menu is very well structured. To access the setup menu, drag your finger down from the top. Navigation is smooth and all options are available. BlackBerry Maps has a night mode that dims the light and is perfect if you use it as a GPS while driving at night.
As is common in apps for BlackBerry 10, it is clear that BlackBerry has taken a leap in quality. BlackBerry Maps is no exception. However, there are some options missing that are present in competing products, such as the possibility of obtaining itineraries with the written, steps rather than pure and simple navigation. In addition, we miss the extra options, public transport information and information about street numbers, for example.
On the right track
BlackBerry Maps is becoming a mapping application to take note of. And we are confident that it will improve over time to become as good as Google Maps or HERE. For now, it is simply OK.