Last update: 31 May 2010
- Review by Pocket-Lint
Nokia has released the new Nokia Ovi Maps 3.04. However, this article will review the Nokia Ovi Maps in general. The argument here is whether or not will it kill the standalone satnav such as TomTom or Garmin. It features access to more than 25 million points of interest worldwide, information on more than 20,000 cities, the Qype community (European version of Yelp) and personalized trips.
Nokia Ovi Maps Reviews
Pocket Lint reviews the Nokia Ovi Maps and writes;
“So will Ovi Maps kill the standalone satnav? The larger screens and easy access to functions through large touchscreen icons will still attract drivers to dedicated devices. Of all the satnav devices we’ve tested, the experience is more intuitive, with easy to navigate menus. But then Ovi Maps is free if you have a supported Nokia phone, so for those that want occasional navigation, it is well worth trying before you splash the cash on your TomTom.”
electricpig reviews the Nokia Ovi Maps and writes;
“We love: Costs nothing, looks great and puts Nokia right back in the game
We hate: Facebook location seems a tad needless.”
NokNoktv reviews the Nokia Ovi Maps and writes;
“New features include the Weather and Events app that allow you to pull up information on your current location as well as anywhere you wish to search out. Making full use of location-based services you’ll find that as soon as you fire up the app it’s populated with your location and the latest information to hand. The Events tool not only allows you to see what’s on but you can also push through to the relevant site and book tickets.”
PCmag reviews the Nokia Ovi Maps and writes;
“In short, Nokia Ovi Maps is a good, capable program. It’s now the default option for anyone considering a Nokia smartphone running Symbian Series 60, and has no clear competitors on that platform. If you buy an Android phone running OS version 2.0 or higher, such as the Droid or the Google Nexus One, you can run the also-free Google Maps Navigation..”
Engadget reviews the Nokia Ovi Maps and writes;
“When we reviewed Nokia’s Ovi Maps and pitted it against the competition from Google we found it was by far the quickest to calculate routes and get you on your way… or back on your way if you meandered off. But, interaction with the app itself was a bit sluggish, something that’s said to be fixed in version 3.0.4, also dubbed SR4.”
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Nokia Ovi Map (3.04) Press Release
Ovi Maps makes summer travel easier and more fun
New content from Qype with community based recommendations helps everyone make the most of their time
Espoo, Finland – May 27, 2010 – Ovi Maps, the free walk and drive navigation service from Nokia, announced new partnerships that deliver more relevant information on more points of interest making travelling easier than ever. With summer holidays fast approaching, the updated Ovi Maps gives travelers and locals alike the ability to find the most interesting places and sites in the area making traveling less about getting from A to B and more about enjoying everything in between.
Ovi delivers unique mobile experiences that mix content with the best location, social networking and connectivity services and is the go to-place for discovering, sharing and enjoying lifestyle content and entertainment, all from a Nokia smartphone.
New partnership with Qype delivers community based recommendations
Ovi Maps now includes Qype, Europe’s biggest portal for local community-based reviews, helping people find new places wherever they are, leaving nothing overlooked.
Initially offering information on more than 20,000 cities, the Qype community enriches Ovi Maps with hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations from locals and travelers on many European hotspots like cafés, shops, spas and hotels, giving the inside track before arriving. And, with a new post added to Qype every 40 seconds, people are assured to have the latest information to help them make the best choices no matter what they are looking for.
More tailored and personal trips
In total,Ovi Maps now offers Nokia smartphone users access to more than 25 million points of interest worldwide. Whether people are looking for a souvenir shop or a youth hostel, trips can be personalized and planned right down to the last detail with map data from NAVTEQ and city guides from Lonely Planet, WCities and Michelin. Agreements with leading directory companies such as telegate in Germany, Turkey Yellow Pages and Yell Publicidad-Páginas Amarillas in Spain make it even easier than before to find the closest pharmacy, cash machine, shop or service. Hotel booking services such as HRS and Expedia make it easy to find a place to stay.
In-car navigation made easier
For people planning a road trip, Nokia has started to include car kits with new smartphones in-the-box* at no extra cost which makes finding new places and navigating whilst driving safe and easy. And, with the added convenience of pedestrian routes for exploring cities on foot, swapping the phone from car to pocket makes navigating around new places easier, no matter how people choose to do it.
Holidaymakers can plan routes before leaving the house, on a computer or laptop and simply upload them onto a Nokia device to use when abroad. This saves time searching for routes when out and about and enables people to use maps in offline mode, reducing roaming costs when traveling in foreign countries.
The latest version of Ovi Maps (3.04) is available to download for free from www.nokia.com/maps
* Nokia now supplies car kits in-the-box with nine of its smartphones. A car holder and car charger are included with the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 6710 Navigator, and the Nokia X6. A car holder is now included with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia E52, Nokia E72 and Nokia 5230.
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.