Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices. Although not specifically designed for the Blackberry, it does work well on the color models we tested. See our mini review below â€¦
Installation is available OTA (Over-The-Air) at http://wap.mgmaps.com or download the jar file if you do not have MDS access at http://wap.mgmaps.com/mgmaps.jar.
Although Mobile GMaps does have a bit of overlap with Berry 411, there is no reason to not try GMaps seeing that it is available for free. Our guess is that people will grow a preference for one or the other. What we found as the main difference between the programs is that GMaps has an easier navigation when viewing Google Maps. There are â€œhot keysâ€ that make it easy to navigate, zoom in and out, and to change between map and satellite view.
The search is also friendly, upon selecting Search, the search form will be displayed, allowing you to enter what and where to search (e.g. search for hotels in New York, NY). You can leave the What field empty to only search for a specific town or place. When the search is complete, the Search Results list is displayed, with a list of (at most) 10 matching locations. You can then select a search result to Display it, Save a result as a location, View Info (coordinates), or start a new search.
We Blackberry users should also switch the default â€˜Low Memory Modeâ€™ off, this option is related to the method used for storing cached map/satellite tiles. In Low Mem mode, they are stored as GIF/JPEG image files. This takes up less memory, but it takes longer to load and display them. The Normal mode stores them as uncompressed images, which takes more memory but less time to display.
We at Blackberry Cool like things that are free even more when the item is free and it works beautifully. This is the case with Mobile GMaps, the program works nicely and does what it advertises. Our only complaint is the maps do take some time to load which is not an issue with the program but the limited bandwidth speed of the Blackberry network. So I guess you can take this as a plea to RIM to get moving with an EDGE powered device.
View the screenshots on the following page …