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Location services and knowing your way around
Available for free download and compatible with a variety of mobile OS and Java-enabled handsets, Google Maps for Mobile come preinstalled on the C903. With Location services you can get help finding your way, view information about your current location and save your favorite locations. To use all the features of Location services, internet access is a must.
After defining a start and end location, the possible routes are being calculated with overall guidance based on the available information in the database.
Two different view modes are available - Satellite and Map view and the user interface is clean and intuitive. Traffic information is another important feature here.
The Status info application displays the current activity in km/h for a 60-minute period. GPS connection status is indicated on the second tab of this application.
Of course, saving your most recent routes is as easy as it could be. Within several clicks, a title, description and position is all you need to save a favorite location.
The Log application in the Location services tracks and saves each position request, which is accessible at any time afterwards. Each entry in the log is saved in descending order by date and displays the date and time, as well as the exact GPS position.
Wayfinder Navigator 7 navigation software
Wayfinder Navigator 7 is n GPS navigation system for your mobile phone. As in previous Sony Ericsson models, turn-by-turn navigation is only offered on trial for a limited time and then after that you must pay a monthly subscription.
You can also experience the benefits of the application in advance at the MyWayfinder.com site. Essentially, it is a navigation planner on the web, where you are able to plan trips in advance, manage favorites, send routes and destinations by e-mail, and find online information. You can get the full potential of it after free registration.
Route planning is extensive, there's a choice between vehicle and pedestrian modes on top of the "plan route" menu. Avoiding toll roads is also one-click away. Routes can be optimized for time, distance or traffic info. You are allowed to choose among three modes of voice prompts: complete, fewer or none.
In the Navigation mode you can opt for automatic, Guide, 3D map and 2D map views.
Traffic information can also be displayed if available in your region. It has to be activated from the settings menu to work.