Sygic brings GPS navigation and mapping to the Nokia N900
The Nokia N900 is one of my favorite devices and I think GPS navigation is one area where it could excel with the large high resolution display and 3G capability. Unfortunately, the Ovi Maps version on the device stinks and there is no word yet on whether or not Nokia will provide the update to the latest version with free maps for life. There is however some good news for N900 owners in Europe and the US since Sygic announced Mobile Maps for Nokia Maemo. It is a bit pricey at EUR 59.99 (approximately USD$81) and I just received a reviewer code to give it a full test. I am downloading now and drove into the office today so I can start testing it out. Stay tuned for my first impressions later today and a full review to follow that I hope will help you make a more informed decision regarding the software. Please do post questions here for things you want me to test out with the software.
Features and benefits of the Mobile Maps (from the Sygic website):
- All latest maps are with you on your phone.
- Speed cameras, speed limits and railway crossings warnings provide safety for you and others.
- Signposts help you to head in the right direction.
- Lane assistant informs you about the correct lane to be in.
- Automatically adapts to horizontal or vertical view with
- Automatically or manually adjustable color schemes for day and night use.
- User interface and voice guide speak your native language.
- Search for millions of restaurants and other points of interest, with an option to call in, find parking, and navigate to.
- Design your trip with multi-stop route planning before you head out.
- See the summary of your trip before you set off.
- Avoid a roadblock with a single click.
- Save and organize favorites according to your needs.
- Customize what you want to see on the navigation screen.
Here is a YouTube video that Sygic posted showing a quick demo of the application.