There has been a lot of noise about mobile maps and navigational aids of recent – plus there seems to be a face-off between Garmap for mobile and Nokia Maps here in Nigeria.
Yesterday, I gave Nokia Maps a go on the E75 QWERTY smartphone. The version that came built-in on the phone is pretty useless, offering very little besides major highways. What I did was initiate an upgrade to Nokia Maps 3.0 via PC.
The Nokia Maps Updater is available for download to PC at http://europe.nokia.com/explore-services/maps/download. I installed the application, connected the E75 to PC via USB cable and initiated the update.
In a few minutes, I had Nokia Maps 3.0 on the smartphone. Apparently, the service is no longer restricted to just the E71 and the Navigator series.
Things Get Better…
Nokia Maps 3.0 has more detailed maps and features for Nigeria. The application presents a signifacant level of street names and directions. Other features include:
- 3D maps
- My location
- Traffic info
- Map/Satellite/Terrain modes
- Map Screenshot (allows you to take screenshots of the map on the screen)
- Search places and addresses i.e. points of interests
- Voice Guidance
Here are screenshots of various locations in Lagos:
The Nokia Maps 3.0 on the E75 comes with a free 30-day licence. I need to verify the licence information please.
I’ll be sure to try out the Drive & Walk feature with voice guidance over the next one month and do a mini-review thereafter.