HTC Flyer vs BlackBerry PlayBook - GPS and Compass

Gear: HTC Flyer, BlackBerry PlayBook, Slate Tablets.

When you need to use maps GPS is the way to go.   You can find your way through unknown territory and succesfully navigate yourself to your desired destinations.

HTC Flyer
The Flyer has GPS and compass.  At first I thought this could easily become my car GPS tablet... but the only problem is that you need a wifi connection to download map data.  The Flyer by itself won't compete against car GPS devices.  The Flyer needs a wifi/boradband hotspot, or maybe some tethering with an internet capable cell phone.

BB PlayBook
No compass or GPS with the PlayBook.  The included Bing Maps application will utilize wifi for maps, and that's not that precise.
update - The PlayBook does have a GPS, but as of the recording of the video it was not "activated". This of course can chance with an update.

GPS and compass are neat little features but fairly useless without the wifi connection.  The HTC Flyer's brother called the HTC Evo View 4G will be a better system for map tasks.   I wish the PlayBook had GPS because it would be useful for "business" tasks.

Published: Jun 1, 2011


  1. You can always use an off-line navigation app on the HTC.....don't need any data connection...



  2. Enrico,
    You are 100% right. I guess I forgot that it's possible to do that.

  3. Strange, my Playbook has a GPS and a compass and found my position in less than30s with a software using google maps.

  4. At the moment of the video recording the PlayBook had built in GPS, but it was not active. With an update RIM could have enabled the PlayBook's GPS.

  5. I think the HTC Flyer is better than the Playbook (though by a little margin). Well, the off-line navigation is always an add on with the HTC. Is there any such feature associated with the Playbook?


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