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Topic # 94861 20-Dec-2011 11:11 Send private message

Hey guys just wondering if navigation or bing maps is working properly for us here yet?




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  Reply # 559883 20-Dec-2011 11:27 Send private message

To use bing maps, you will need to set the system locale settings and browser and search language to United States English. Bing maps itself is really good on the web but on the phone, searching for addresses is not that great.

There is an app called Turn by Turn Navigation which is $7.49 and offers full voice guided instructions but it uses data to display the maps. The trial is free but it limits the searches to 20km from where you are currently. The same company gpsturner.com also has another Turn by Turn Navigation app in the marketplace which has offline maps for both NZ and Australia for $58 odd.

Else the best is buying a Nokia Lumia device which comes with the free offline voice guided navigation app and lets you download a whole lot of countries maps incl NZ for free.




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  Reply # 559885 20-Dec-2011 11:29 Send private message

I tried Turn by Turn last week and uninstalled it. Maps didn't download at all, either online or offline, even though they do have an option to cache maps for a specific region.

Bing Maps is a shame. It works ok, but no voice navigation, and having to change system settings to have it working in New Zealand is a bad move.






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  Reply # 559886 20-Dec-2011 11:31 Send private message

Awesome thanks mate. I was going to go for a focus. Just because i need a daily driver to use while deving on the android phones. Maybe ill have to fork out a bit more..

Have you been happy with Mango as it is now ?




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  Reply # 559887 20-Dec-2011 11:34 Send private message

freitasm: I tried Turn by Turn last week and uninstalled it. Maps didn't download at all, either online or offline, even though they do have an option to cache maps for a specific region.

Bing Maps is a shame. It works ok, but no voice navigation, and having to change system settings to have it working in New Zealand is a bad move.



Turn by Turn did introduce this 'offline download' capability in their $7.49 app which I have never tried so cannot comment on but I have and still do use their regular online map capability around Auckland without any issues. Voice navigation works a treat as well.

I played around with a Nokia Lumia 800 device for a short while last week. The Nokia drive app which it comes with for free is fantastic. The UI is so simple and the maps and voice navigation is really good. Just waiting myself for Telecom to launch it here so that I can use it on XT band.     






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  Reply # 559892 20-Dec-2011 11:38 Send private message

You can get an XT version here at mobicity




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  Reply # 559893 20-Dec-2011 11:40 Send private message

CdTDroiD: Awesome thanks mate. I was going to go for a focus. Just because i need a daily driver to use while deving on the android phones. Maybe ill have to fork out a bit more..

Have you been happy with Mango as it is now ?


I gave my focus to my Wife and bought an HTC Titan off another geekzone user as an interm till the Nokia device is released on the XT bands. I would not go for the focus as it's a first generation windwos phone device which has the 1st of it's kind 1GHz CPU that does suck a lot of juice. My HTC Titan honestly goes for 2 full days and this is with moderate usage that includes 2 push email accounts setup, facebook sync in the background and few live tile updates. Go for a newer generation Windows Phone device as they have a newer CPU which sucks less battery and GPU is also better. HTC Radar is $500 odd at most parallel importers in NZ. Telecom is strongly rumored to launch the Nokia Lumia 710 in Feburary for $549.




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  Reply # 559895 20-Dec-2011 11:42 Send private message

CdTDroiD: You can get an XT version here at mobicity



The Nokia Lumia on mobicity only supports UMTS 2100MHz band on the XT network which is useless as you need UMTS 850MHz band to enjoy XT. 






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  Reply # 559904 20-Dec-2011 11:49 Send private message

Ah sorry read it wrong. Im keen as on a titan




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  Reply # 560577 22-Dec-2011 09:09 Send private message

freitasm: I tried Turn by Turn last week and uninstalled it. Maps didn't download at all, either online or offline, even though they do have an option to cache maps for a specific region.



Turn by Turn's offline facility appears to work for me. It takes quite a bit of time (and data) to download, but it does work. On recent trips on roads with no cell-phone service I had the map showing all the way.

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  Reply # 562552 29-Dec-2011 17:13 Send private message

Have any of you tried the gMaps? seems to work fine, not turn by turn but tracks the car ok and actually searches for the right address




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