Posted on September 13th, 2007 3 comments
Ever since I got my hands on the sexy Nokia N73, I have been playing with Nokia Maps on it. This is my first S60 3rd edition device, but I just haven’t had the time to develop apps for it. Yeah, work has been getting in the way of my hobby :)
Anyway, the Maps application on the N73 crashed a couple of times, but otherwise has been a useful tool to have for using as an offline GPS. I don’t have a data plan yet — heck, I don’t even have a post-paid plan for the N73 yet. I should get one soon. I used Maps to get to New York City and back. Except for the parts where there were construction works going on, the Maps application showed easy-to-follow directions. The 3D view is very helpful as well.
The app is slow at times in getting you directions. This is a big drawback when compared to an online mapping application like Google Maps on the Apple iPhone. The iPhone simply contacts Google Maps and gets direction info, but the offline mapping takes its own sweet time on the N73. And if I receive a call when it is calculating the route, sometimes it crashes as well. That happens on the iPhone as well, so I’m not complaining. I haven’t upgraded to the voice directions because it requires a Bluetooth GPS receiver. I want to see how many days I can make it without splurging on a GPS. Let’s see.