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Nokia compares Offline mapping experience on Nokia Maps and Google Maps (Nokia Lumia 920 vs SGSIII)

| February 19, 2013 | 13 Replies

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Here’s a video from Nokia comparing the offline mapping experience between Nokia Maps and Google’s maps.

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Read more: http://nokia.ly/Y2sIztUsing a mapping application offline is certainty one of the most requested features, when travelling internationally without a data plan or when travelling underground in the subway. This is something that Nokia Maps has been offering for years already and the benefit of which other players have just recently recognized.So why do we still believe we are offering the best offline solution in the market? We compared Nokia Maps on a Nokia Lumia 920 with Google Maps on a Samsung Galaxy SIII to explain.

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  • ms.nokia

    great add,
    lots of useful features clearly shown with just the right level of wit dished out to the google maps.

  • Viipottaja

    Nice. Now make a nice 30-40 version and run it all over the place. :)

  • twig

    New Nokia exclusive, Yahtzee ! I love this game since we are having a snowstorm.

  • Benz

    The offline mode is indeed nice.

    But the Lumia is missing some features comparing to Symbian version. At least what I have noticed is that there are no warnings for speed cameras. I have tried this in many locations in southern Finland. Or maybe I have just missed some setting…

    Also the routing works quite oddly sometimes. Most of the time is ok, but if you decide to take another route, Nokia Drive is desperately trying to stick to its original route. This worked better in Symbian version and I have even had a chance to test this side by side with a Lumia and a Symbian.

    And one annoyance is that why on earth are the Maps and Drive separate apps? This leads also to the fact that favorites in Maps are not synced with Drive (again, maybe I’m just missing some setting?). This leads to a ridiculous amount of clicks and interaction with two different apps just to get navigation to work to some favorite place.

    To Drive to a saved favorite location (the ones you see in Nokia Here web page for example): Open maps, click favorites (star), select favorite, click get directions, choose car (if not offered by default), scroll down a bit and click start navigating, now Drive opens and you have to still click start. Again, if there’s an easier way to do this, I’m more than willing to stand corrected and learn a better way :)

    But as much as I like Nokia, this is just one of those indicators to me, that they are not very good with software or at least UX. :)

    • DesR85

      “But the Lumia is missing some features comparing to Symbian version. At least what I have noticed is that there are no warnings for speed cameras. I have tried this in many locations in southern Finland. Or maybe I have just missed some setting…”

      On my L800, I do get warnings if we go past a certain speed limit when travelling in my sister’s car in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Doesn’t work if you live in a town or village.

      “And one annoyance is that why on earth are the Maps and Drive separate apps? This leads also to the fact that favorites in Maps are not synced with Drive (again, maybe I’m just missing some setting?). This leads to a ridiculous amount of clicks and interaction with two different apps just to get navigation to work to some favorite place.”

      Read this article from Nokia Conversations (link: http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/12/28/nokia-maps-drive-transport-and-city-lens-answering-your-questions/) in regards to separating the navigation apps.

      As for syncing favourites in Maps into Drive, it’s still not possible even on the L920. Not to mention that you still cannot backup your saved locations in Drive (maybe that’s where Maps come in?).

      “To Drive to a saved favorite location (the ones you see in Nokia Here web page for example): Open maps, click favorites (star), select favorite, click get directions, choose car (if not offered by default), scroll down a bit and click start navigating, now Drive opens and you have to still click start. Again, if there’s an easier way to do this, I’m more than willing to stand corrected and learn a better way.”

      Last time I checked, I don’t think there is but at least it’s a lot better than in the L800/900 where you have to manually input every single place you’ve found online into Drive. Have to do that on my trip to Kuala Lumpur and whenever we go overseas for holiday.

  • Don Draper

    Android is my daily driver now and I really do miss Nokia Drive. Things I miss:
    – Ability to download offline maps by country/state
    – Having time of arrival constantly displayed
    – Always works without a data connection
    – Selection of voices/languages
    – Speed limit warnings

    The only advantage I have noticed after a few months with Google Navigation is their P.O.I stuff.

    • Carbontubby

      Google has more POIs and more accurate POI data but the other advantages you listed are the reasons why I haven’t switched to Android. Fully offline navigation in a phone is awesome for frequent travellers, especially if you’re renting a car in another country. I find Nokia Drive’s routing to be good enough in most parts of East Asia but it always helps to ask locals if you’re not sure about the best route.

      • nabkawe

        Google has more POIs because people volunteer it, they made it super easy to add POIs yourself so they don’t suffer the constant updating process that Nokia does every 6 months/year on all its maps.

      • noki

        well in google maps what I’m doing is downloading the are I’m going 2 before going there works on a 80 Klm radius

    • noki

      using google maps on my z10 and yeah I miss my nokia maps.. here hoping nokia would port the old N9 version based on Qt to bb10 should work out of the box with simple recompilation.

  • Doug

    Agree with Benz. Nokia hasn’t brought the greatness of the Symbian Nokia Maps to WP yet at all. Sure it’s got the basics, but dig deeper and you’ll easily see all the issues. Try getting a list of your directions while navigating so you can see what route you’re taking. Can’t do it anymore. Oh, and try using it as your sole source of navigation here in the USA. It’ll get you lost 50% of the time. Routes are wrong, locations are wrong, doesn’t tell you what side of the road the place is on, and if you’re on a divided highway that requires you to hit a u-turn to get to the other side, forget it, you’ll never get there.

    Sure, offline maps are awesome, but not having the better navigation that google does (it will show you a street view of your location at the end!), and all the old features that we used to have, also including our favorites in Drive (another reason I hate this separation of maps and drive)… I’ll take Google Maps.

    • Carbontubby

      Not a problem with Drive, it’s a problem with outdated Navteq data itself. I know in some parts of the world like in the US, Google’s data is far superior.

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