Posts Tagged ‘Sat Nav’

Mobile Choice Awards crowns Nokia N8 As Best Sat Nav, beating gigantum Dell Streak, iPhone 4, Garmin Asus Navi Phone and Desire

October 26, 2010 25 comments

Thanks to Alex68 for the heads up to on this post from Mobile Choice UK. They’ve awarded the N8 the title of Best Sat Nav.

And here’s their reason why:

Nokia announced this year that its excellent Ovi Maps would not only no longer cost a penny, you could also utilise your Nokia’s navigation no matter where you are in the world. With the Nokia N8 this means, users can enjoy detailed maps on the vibrant 3.5-inch display complete with voice guidance to their destination, stopping off at any number of points of interest, whether travelling by car or on foot. With an array of features including the ability to record your own voice guidance instructions, as well as a host of Lonely Planet Guides preloaded, Ovi Maps latest trick, ‘Check In’ lets you post your GPS location with a message and/or picture to social networks including Facebook and Twitter.


In my experience with the N8, GPS is fast and accurate – maintains the signal once locked (which is quick thanks to the three points of connection, GPS, A-GPS and WiFi positioning). Combine with Ovi Maps and it has always let me find my way out when I’m lost. It’s really pleasing to see Ovi Maps and Nokia Sat Nav graduate to a level where they’re just really reliable and not just some gimmick.

Let’s take a look again at the upcoming version of Ovi Maps from Vaibhav at the HandHeld Blog

Mobile Choice UK

Video: Sat Nav Comparisons – Driving with the Nokia N8, Ovi Maps, City Guide, Navitel and Garmin.

October 2, 2010 11 comments

Here’s a test of some Satellite Navigation solutions for the Nokia N8 as demonstrated in a little car trip (hopefully the N8 not be plagued by inconsistent quality of GPS connectivity – it does now support A-GPS, Satellite and WiFi positioning for improved location awareness and stability)

Audio seems a little harsh on the Ovi Maps video recording.

n8 and City Guide

N8 and Navitel

N8 and Garmin

Another in car feature – (well not just for cars) The built in FM transmitter. No need for bluetooth set ups, just tune your car to the N8 or vice versa and stream your music from the N8 over to your car’s stereo system.

Video by jenjaman/theultimate-111

Applications: Ovi Maps 3.0 (on the Nokia N97)

July 6, 2009 21 comments

Ovi Maps 3.0 is the latest edition of Nokia’s free Sat-Nav software. Below is a screenshot taken from Ovi Maps 3.0 on the Nokia N97.

The improvements with Ovi Maps 3.0 are well worth the time to upgrade because the interface is much improved, requiring much less menu wading and button pressing than the previous Nokia Maps 2.0. Note the following:

  • [Top Right] My Location button. Pressing this red dot (inside the square) centres the map to your current location. When you move away from your location, as I have, it will show you the arrow of your location and how far away you are from it. It disappears once the other red dot (indicating your GPS location) is visible on the map.
  • [Bottom] Search Button. Pressing the magnifying glass allows you to either search for an address or categories of places. As with 2.0, this is most/only useful when you have an internet connection.
  • [Top] Location bar . Pressing gives you a range of options to do with named location: Walk/Drive, show details, add to route, send location and explore. This is a very simple change but makes so much difference in terms of making actual navigation and using Ovi Maps so much easier.
  • Only an options button is available. No toolbar to waste space, or exit button to press accidentally.
  • Kinetic scrolling of some sort. If you flick the map, it moves slightly, gradually slowing down to a stop instead of just stoping the moment you lose contact with the screen.
  • Zoom bar on the left. For me, that is a better location as a right handed user, it makes for less accidental zooming in/out. As with before, you can either hold + to zoom in, or – to zoom out. Alternatively, a downward swipe zooms you out, and an upward swipe zooms you in.
  • Compass. As with Nokia Maps 2.0 on the N97, after around a minute, this gets a lock and rotates your map to match the actual alignment of the streets/roads/you.
Basic view, no location set.

From the options button, you get a similar standard menu as the previous Nokia Maps 2.0. Some worthwhile additions include:

  • History. –  Locations previously  navigated to (walk/drive to)
  • Favourites – Access your saved landmarks or routes, plus Sync your favourites with Ovi
  • Dashboard – gives quick GPS info of speed, pace, altitude and GPS coordinates, and changes when you’re in the middle of navigation, giving you trip distance, time, average speed, total distance, time and total average speed.





"Walk to"

In action, Ovi Maps 3.0 turns your N97 or other compatible phone into a very capable Sat-Nav device. Directions for driving/walking appear pretty much instantly and you’re off on your way. The interface has been given a slight rehaul which makes it much more finger friendly on touch devices such as the N97.

Note, though none of the screenshots show GPS lock, that’s because they were taken within a couple of seconds of the app starting. The N97 is pretty quick at getting a GPS signal when outside. (Though there is a slight delay when in a vehicle)


"Drive to" options


"Drive to"


"Drive to" dashboard

Installing Ovi Maps 3.0

You’ll need two parts:

1. Nokia Maps Updater

– this will install Ovi Maps 3.0 onto your compatible phone.

dl maps

Follow the download instructions  >>here<<

Once downloaded, install and connect to your phone, preferably by cable. After restarting your computer, run the “Nokia Maps Updater” software. maps updater

Next, complete the installation on your phone. MNB000027

When you first start Ovi Maps 3.0, it will ask you to delete older maps. Once that’s done, from your phone you can start downloading maps via WiFi or Mobile Internet.

Alternatively, you can do this from Ovi Suite. >> Download here <<

2. Nokia Maps Loader (3.0)

This will install Nokia Maps Loader for your computer.

maps loader 3.0

To save time (and money) it’s advisable to use Nokia Maps Loader 3.0 which will let you load the maps you want onto your phone so you won’t have to download them on the fly later on. You can also download the voice navigation from here too.

Follow the download instructions >> here <<