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Ovi Maps – Navigation on the N900

15 February 2010Entry by

It sounds really cool Nokia marketing its N900 flagship with navigation on board. Meantime everone of N900 owners know, that what we realize as navigation is not exactly what Ovi Maps on the N900 offers.

So I tried what the so called “navigation” on the phone is really good for. Having an appointment about 100km away, I started the Ovi Maps from the desktop shortcut. It takes its time to startup, but once on your screen, it has a nice environment, and really easy use UI. Tapping the first letters of my destination, the phone already offers possible options. Just hit the right one to go, adding it to your route, and you’re ready to go. Very simple. Sure you can adjust your settings in many ways, but the default one works in the most cases.

The onboard GPS combined with the mobile assistance position system works very well. I have to say, that I am using an unlimited data package, so the permanent downloading of maps doesn’t cause extra costs in my case. Maps can be downloaded with the Ovi Maps Loader to use Ovi Maps also in offline mode, although it didn’t worked when I tried to. I will give it another try sometimes. There are some issues about, more information can be found in the maemo.org talk section.

So, I was routed exactly to my destination. The only and very only “penalty” I have to give this app, is the missing voice guidance. After Nokia announced the free navigation for “all” GPS phones in January this year, I think almost all of us (especially the N900 users) were very excited. But this was regrettably only true for symbian. The turn by turn navigation for maemo devices will follow, as Nokia promised, I really hope so, but I think we have to wait until maemo 6.

Fact is, that Ovi Maps is a very nice and usefull application in its own way and to find “your way” it is almost as good as normal navigationapps, just without voice.

But don’t forget to plugin the power supply using Ovi Maps. It turned out, that this is really the battery killer.

- sam -


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