2010 Volvo XC60 Navigation System vs. Blackberry

2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volvo XC60 Navigation System vs. Blackberry

May 12, 2010


Today I was riding shotgun in our 2010 Volvo XC60 while Executive Editor Michael Jordan drove. We'd neglected to program our destination into the XC60's navigation system before setting out, so I figured I'd use the car's TV-style auxiliary remote to do it en route.

nav_vs_blackberry2.jpg Of course, it didn't work. Turns out you can't use the steering wheel or the remote to program the nav while the car is moving. It's unfortunate Volvo's legal team couldn't allow just the remote to remain active in these situations.

So I pulled out my dinosaur BlackBerry, which has the Google Maps app. The BlackBerry is slower to process commands, but being able to use it while the XC60 was moving was a big advantage. It also has better maps than the Volvo, whose software inexplicably leaves most major streets unlabeled.

On the other hand, the BlackBerry doesn't automatically recalculate (you have to tell it do that if you suspect you've veered off course), so eventually, after a series of layovers at stoplights, I did go ahead and program the XC60's system.

In this instance, neither device was an ideal solution -- and it's easy to see why there's a big opportunity here for Sync and other such apps to move in and organize our lives (or at least bring the semblance of organization).

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 15,727 miles

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