Dayo and I had to make a quick trip to the rock city, Abeokuta, yesterday afternoon. Though I was violating the doctor’s orders to get some rest, the trip was an absolute essential. The drive to the city was a pleasant one as we chatted about everything under the sun.
Arriving at Abeokuta, I thought, How good would Ovi Maps be in leading us to our specific destination? Detailed drive guidance in Lagos is one thing. Outside of Lagos is another.
Quickly, I whipped out my Nokia N8, launched Ovi Maps, selected “Drive”, and typed in “Quarry Road”. GPS lock took place in less than a minute. In a few moments, that sweet female voice kicked in as the app drew out a route for us to follow.
I did know the way to our destination road and could tell that the directions given were good, though not my preferred route. Because we were pressed for time, I opted to take my preferred route and so ignored the initial directions. Ovi Maps promptly recalculated and drew up another set of directions that accurately matched my preferred route.
Yes; it was a simple and brief test, but again it underscored how good and helpful Ovi Maps can be when you are out and about. With Ovi Maps, the maps are pre-installed on your device and so no data connection is required. Ovi Maps is also free.
If you do a lot of travelling, you should consider Ovi Maps. The mobile app is currently available on Symbian smartphones, and later this year or early 2012 on Nokia Windows Phone smartphones as well.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.