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Nokia Drive 3.0–Are We There Yet?

Released on July 21st [initially for Nokia’s Lumia devices], I have had a few opportunities to try out the latest app, Drive 3.0 offering from Nokia.

Over the past two years I have repeatedly used Google’s brilliant built in turn-by-turn navigation powered by the Android based Google Maps app, and was amazed at how well it was executed. Other than occasional GPS signal loss issues, I came to rely on it like a good old friend.

I was hoping for the same “WOW” factor with the Nokia app for Windows Phone 7.5 too. So how does it work? Well, unfortunately in some very critical ways, not well at all…

Nokia Drive 3.0

In two of my three GPS guided trips using the app, Drive 3.0 took me to the wrong address.

In the first instance, I was Courtyardattempting to get to the Courtyard Marriot in San Jose [denoted by the “A” marker in the Google map] and the app directed me past my target location and into the roundabout that rings the airport. Fun.

My second instance was no better when it directed me to “enter the highway” without stating which direction [North or South] to “enter the highway.” Even the listed exit/entrance name on top of the map just stated a rather unhelpful “Hwy 280 Junipero Serra”.

The third guided attempt however was successful.

What I found disconcerting is that the app requires you to constantly peek at your phone to figure out where it is telling you to go, and even then the information displayed is a bit spotty. There are no exit names spoken. Generic spoken terms like “take the exit” and “turn right ahead” are all the spoken part of the app offers. So if you have multiple or closely spaced streets or exits, you can find yourself in a bind to figure out which one to take, necessitating the need to have your eyes fixed on the phone rather than on the road where they should be.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Computing, Gadgets, Technology

 

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Nokia Drive 3.0 Now Available

One of my most used apps for the Nokia Lumia 900 is the Nokia Drive app, which brings free [in addition to the built in Bing [tap for] turn-by-turn GPS navigation enabled in the Mango update] turn-by-turn voice guided navigation experience to the phone in an easy to use and intuitive interface.

Nokia recently mentioned that Nokia Drive will be offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners for built-in GPS and mapping software and I am happy that this update to Nokia Drive brings some of the Windows Phone 8 features to their existing [albeit somewhat paltry in numbers] users.

Make your commute smoother

Nokia Drive 3.0 Commute Feature

 

As shown in the video above, Nokia Drive with My Commute learns your driving preferences and uses information about the latest traffic conditions to help you choose between the different routes you usually take to get to the places you travel most. It even remembers when you usually leave, providing traffic updates along your route so you’ll know in advance whether there are delays or if you have time to stop by that new café on your way home.

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Computing, Fun, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

 

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