Nokia X7

Nokia today announced Nokia X7 - a very stylish gaming phone that comes with Ovi Maps for GPS navigation. It has a 4″ AMOLED display with 640×360 resolution, has an orientation sensor, proximity sensor, and even an ambient light sensor. It has an 8MP camera, dual LED flash, dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 for gaming. It even has radio.

As far as navigation you’ve got the integrated GPS and A-GPS receivers, Ovi Maps with car and pedestrian navigation, ability to position using WiFi networks, and access to Nokia Ovi Suite for latest country maps - all for free.

Nokia Astound

Nokia C7 will be known as Nokia Astound on T-Mobile! Nokia Astound will be available on the network starting on April 6 and will only cost $80 after a two year contract. The device is a Symbian and has a 3.5″ amoled display with 640×360 resolution. It can capture 720p HD video and as far as stills you can go up to 8MP.

The Nokia Astound supports five bands on HSPA, and quad band GSM, has 1200mAh battery, WiFi, microSD card slot, bluetooth, and even a GPU. But what we care about the most is of course the GPS navigation experience. Nokia has come a long way at this:

Equipped with the latest commercial version of Ovi Maps1, the Nokia Astound provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in almost 100 countries in 46 languages. The Nokia Astound comes pre-loaded with automotive grade maps for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean2. With more than 8,000 3D landmarks and free premium content like Lonely Planet guides and TripAdvisor, consumers can explore new places and experiences along the way. New features include improved search engines and WiFi positioning, a drive assistance mode for real-time traffic updates, maps of public transit lines, and the ability to check in to places and share great moments with friends on Facebook, Twitter and many local social networks.

new Nokia Ovi Maps with check-in and location sharing

Nokia is not leaving the arena for Google Maps. They keep coming out with nice features for Nokia Ovi Maps which is now release 3.06 but it is still in beta testing stage.

Some of the new features include some cosmetic changes, a new map layer for public transportation, a new places pages, ability to share your location via SMS or email, a check-in feature just like Facebook’s.

Also you’ve got the new drive assistant mode which automatically pulls up live traffic information, safety camera alerts, and speed limits.

Pick up the new Nokia Ovi Maps here.

Nokia C6

Nokia just recently announced their latest Symbian handset called Nokia C6. This is S60 5th edition and includes customizable home screen similar to N97. Obviously this is a GPS enabled device and the GPS related features include Ovi Maps with free lifetime navigation, integrated GPS, and A-GPS receivers, accelerometer for correct orientation of display, automatic geotagging of images, and even a Nokia Maps loader application for a PC.

Other then the GPS features Nokia C6 is still packed. You’ve got a 5MP camera, secondary camera for video calls, LED flash, a full keyboard, WiFi, and a 3.2″ touchscreen. The battery in there is a 1200mAh which should be decent, but if you leave the FM radio on you could easily drain the battery faster than you think.

Anyhow, it will cost £289 unlocked or £229 with a pay as you go plan. Check it out here.

MapQuest offers free GPS navigation for iPhone

As you know may already know we’ve been keeping a good track of all the GPS navigation apps for the iPhone. We had already mentioned MapQuest there but this is worth mentioning again since they just released MapQuest 4 Mobile for iPhone - which is totally free.

We say it was time for iPhone users to get a taste of free GPS navigation. Android users have Google Maps in the U.S, Nokia users all around the world have Ovi Maps - now one our first internet favorites (late 90’s?) MapQuest comes to the rescue for iPhone users.

You can’t compete with free! Here are the features:

  • new voice guidance speaks to you and informs you of upcoming turns
  • new automatic re-routing
  • power savings mode - medium setting for continued voice guidance when the screen dims
  • walking directions (pedestrian mode)
  • landscape mode
  • save maps and routes on and retrieve on your iPhone

Nokia Nuron coming to T-Mobile with free Ovi Maps

Nokia and T-Mobile USA announced a new phone called Nokia 5230 Nuron. It is GPS enabled and makes full use of the “now free” GPS navigation software Ovi Maps. The maps are preloaded so you don’t even need a data connection to get directions. Another neat thing with Nokia Nuron is that it will sell for only $70 after a $50 mail in rebate and a 2 year commitment.

Nokia Nuron is of course 3G enabled and have a decent 3.2″ touchscreen allowing for a comfortable browsing experience.

When it comes out in a few weeks Nokia Nuron will be the first U.S. carrier-supported Nokia smartphone to pre-load Ovi Maps.

Here are some specs:

  • Accelerometer for auto-rotate
  • Proximity sensor to save power and prevent inadvertent touches
  • Micro-USB connector, USB 2.0 high speed
  • 3.5 mm headphone plug and 2.5mm Nokia AV connector
  • 4GB microSD memory card in-box, expandable up to 16 GB
  • 70 MB internal dynamic memory
  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion standard battery
  • Integrated A-GPS
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • FM radio

smartphone GPS navigation review

Thank you engadget for putting together this very needed review.

They are reviewing Blackberry Storm running VZ Navigator application, Motorola Droid with Google Maps, and Nokia N97 with Ovi Maps.

Here is what we think: If your work is paying for it VZ Navigator is fine. If you need your maps where no cell signals can reach you go with Nokia (works all over the world; obvious choice for your Euro trip), all others stick with Google Maps. There.

If you’re one of those tl;dr types (too long; didn’t read) here is the summary:

Verizon launches VZ Navigator 5.0; still wants to charge for it

VZ Navigator seems to be well and kicking but for how long? Verizon does have a huge customer base but soon they’re all going to look around and realize everyone else is getting this service free. But hey, at least they have some extra features that you don’t get with Google Maps or Nokia’s Ovi Maps which are both free.

VZ Navigator 5.0’s biggest catchy feature seems to be the Facebook integration which lets you update your status via the application and optionally share your location with them - making it yet easier for your stalkers to track you down. There are some other enhanced features with this version too such as crowd sourcing of traffic information, voice recognition for search and destination, and quicker navigation start due to streaming of data.

Here is the bad part: VZ Navigator costs $10/month, or $3/day. If you’re one of those customers who pay $10/month tell us your reasons please. Maybe your company is paying for it, maybe it is the only navigation app available on your phone.. Whatever it is, we want to know.

Nokia Ovi Maps navigation now free; better than Google’s

Nokia just announced that they’re making their famous Ovi Maps and its door-to-door GPS navigation software completely free. It will come pre-installed on compatible Nokia phones with the local maps; depending on you live. Of course you’ll be able to download maps of new places if you need to.

Why is it better than Google Maps Navigation? First, because it is available all around the world, where as Google’s navigation solution is currently only in the U.S. Second, the maps will come installed on the phone with no need for data connection. Google needs data connection to get you maps, points of interests, etc.

As you may already Nokia owns one of the biggest digital map maker, Navteq; and with this ‘completely free’ they plan on making their higher end handsets more attractive to those who maybe on the market for a standalone GPS navigation system.

Starting in March of this year all Nokia smartphones will come with embedded GPS, Nokia Ovi Maps with maps of the country where you bough it, and of course free GPS navigation to go with it.

Here are the compatible Nokia devices today: Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5230, and Nokia X6. (N900 will join this list at some point, we just don’t know when yet)

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Nokia Ovi Maps GPS racing

Nokia has a new game out which you can play on a Nokia phone (obviously) with Ovi maps. You may immediately get the idea that you actually have to drive with your phone in your hand while driving but thankfully that’s not how it works. The GPS in your phone figures out where you live and makes a course for you in your neighborhood. Pretty neat, since you are already familiar with the roads around you. Or if you choose you can pick a famous location around the world to race at. Such as Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

It is not out yet but coming soon to the Ovi Store. How much will it cost you think?