The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone primed with GPS navigation capabilities is launching today to Vodafone customers.

The successor to the popular slimline Pearl 8100, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 combines the email and messaging functions of more business-focused BlackBerry models with the multimedia features that consumers have come to expect.

While an improved 2Mp camera with 5x zoom and a microSD card slot are common to the newer Pearl line up launched late last year, Vodafone’s Pearl 8110 is the first of the second generation of BlackBerry Pearl handsets to launch with a native GPS function.

Powered by Telmap, the Vodafone Sat Nav application on the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 offers both 2D and 3D maps and, unlike mapping software such as Google Maps, can pinpoint a user’s current location.

Vodafone’s Sat Nav function has already managed to impress us here at PC Advisor when we tried it out on the BlackBerry Curve 8310, proving a notch up from the add-on maps we’d tried on other smartphone handsets.

Since then, things have moved on apace, however, with satellite navigation becoming an increasingly important feature on smartphones.

The launch of the Vodafone BlackBerry Pearl 8110 with Sat Nav is particularly significant, however, given that two weeks ago at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco an update to the Apple iPhone was announced involving the built-in Google Maps application.

iPhone handset users are now able to navigate from point to point using a new Locate Me feature in Google Maps that, like the Vodafone Sat Nav software, recognises the user’s current location.

As with other versions of the BlackBerry Pearl, the Vodafone offering announced today will be available on contract from free depending on the tariff chosen.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 with Vodafone Sat Nav is available immediately from

Click here for our review of the BlackBerry Pearl 8120.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone

The Pearl 8110 smartphone comes with Vodafone Sat Nav software preinstalled