Those who read this blog will have seen that I was selected for Nokia’s Amazing Collective. Since then we have been putting the Lumia 800 through its paces. After lots of frustration from Dadonthebrink over his old phone, I took pity on him and gave him my Lumia. He absolutely loves it and uses it for all his social media activities, organising and keeping track of work and private affairs. It certainly works better with the numerous firewalls, etc that his workplace have on different services. (He has always been a fan of Windows OS.)
Last week we had the perfect opportunity to give a yet unused feature a test – Nokia Drive. Being in the Netherlands visiting family and friends, at one point we got lost. We looked up the maps on the Nokia Lumia, but as we weren’t willing to pay for data roaming (a rip off, if you ask me!), we saw ourselves as a little cursor moving across a blank grey background- the GPS found us, it just had no access to maps to render an image without an internet connection.
…then I remembered about Nokia having some sort of proprietary sat nav application.
When we reached the in-laws I decided to investigate further and found Nokia Drive. This application gives you the opportunity to download different country maps from around the world. FREE OF CHARGE!!!
The economics of that already mean that even if you are buying your Lumia outright, (for c £400) by getting a worldwide sat nav system thrown in without the roaming costs, you will be saving atleast a 100 quids worth! (…and I have a feeling it might be more, but sorry I haven’t bothered to look into it.)
So we downloaded the maps for The Netherlands, Belgium and a bit of France (with large countries it gives you the option to download certain regions to save space on your phone).
The maps works very well, the navigation was clear. The lady’s voice very clear. My only gripe: despite having it set to metric the navigating lady kept giving me the distances in imperial.
A nice feature- you also can set alerts for going too fast.
The real comparison however came when we were back in the UK and going into Central London on the weekend. We ran Nokia Drive side-by-side with my old HTC Desire’s Google maps and navigation tool:
- We had already realised during our Dutch outing that the Nokia Lumia does not loose battery life at the phenomenal rate the HTC has always done when using Sat Nav (even though recent updates have made this a lot better for the HTC.)
- Firing up and locking onto satellites the Nokia Lumia was minutes ahead.
- Finding the destination they came up pretty much same.
- Navigating both the Nokia Lumia and the HTC came up with the same route. The difference was that when I made a wrong turn Nokia Drive immediately did a rethink and updated the route.
A feature missing is to mark places of interest- in our case the last fuelling point in France (we so often mess it up and end up playing tourist in Dunkerque) …or it might just be us not finding it yet?
Another disadvantage- you can’t talk to someone and have the phone navigate at the same time… but then you aren’t supposed to be on the phone anyway if you are driving. The counter of that is cost and not having to carry two separate devices!
All in all, warts and all- Love the Nokia Lumia’s Nokia Drive feature! … and the saving it gives us by not having to buy a separate sat nav or pay data roaming fees for the privilege of navigating abroad.
Image credit- mobiletechworld.com