Get directions from a TWIG

We’ve been very excited about a GPS-equipped mobile recently. It’s called the Nokia N95, and is unquestionably the best phone in the world

We’ve been very excited about a GPS-equipped mobile recently. It’s called the Nokia N95, and is unquestionably the best phone in the world. But it’s not the only Finland-born handset that’s stuffed sat-nav into a slim body – this Benefon model’s been at it too. Firstly, we must congratulate the TWIG Discovery on its fantastic name. Motorola can spend millions dreaming up cool acronyms, but they’ll never top naming a mobile after a piece of tree.CrammedThe phone itself obviously deserves special praise for cramming GPS into a smart handset that’s only 24mm thick and weighs 128g. It’s nowhere near as capable as a Nokia N95 though – there’s no Wi-Fi, 5MP camera or HSPDA – but the Bluetooth and GPRS should suffice for less demanding users.The benefits of having an all-in-one device are that you don’t have to fiddle about pairing it with a Bluetooth receiver or carrying an extra box around. You can just buy maps on SD cards for the phone’s slot, and grab live TMC traffic reports straight to the phone. Another cool feature is the ‘TWIG finder’, which shows you the position of anyone else who owns a handset, with their consent of course. A sample is winging its way over to us, so look out for a hands-on soon.

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Benefon TWIG Price: £330 (SIM-free) On sale: before Christmas Contact: Benefon