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# 36986 6-Jul-2009 09:07
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I have been trying out the recently released Ovi Maps 3.0.  There are a few nice features that arent in Garmin XT that I like:  

- The super-fast zoom and pan around maps and the ability to then quickly search for a place near the location on the map

- The voice guidance seems to be more detailed with instructions like "at the end of the road ..." and ""turn slightly left ..."  and the way it concatenates directions when you need to make a couple of turns close to each other

- The user interface is much nicer with animations

- The ability to easily preview the whole route and prview each upcoming turn on a route while you are navigating

- Very fast route (re)calculation

On the down side 

- some of the routes it calcs seem a bit unusual

- the NZ maps data is not as current as using Garmin XT with the NZ OpenGPS mapset

- having to pay for ongoing voice guidance license

All up I would have to say that it is a massive improvement over the previous version of Maps and it is now a very usable application.  All I need now is a hybrid combination of the good bits from Garmin combined with the good bits from Ovi Maps wrapped up into one application.

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  # 231728 6-Jul-2009 17:32
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Its pretty good alright, I'm enjoying it on my Omnia i8910 ;)

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  # 231731 6-Jul-2009 17:47
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NZtechfreak: Its pretty good alright, I'm enjoying it on my Omnia i8910 ;)

Did you have to do anything to get it working (ie; hack) or was a simple install?


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  # 232358 8-Jul-2009 12:26
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It's a great program but, unless it's just me, it uses about 10MB of memory on my N95! Makes is unusable with virtually any other program

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  # 232436 8-Jul-2009 14:02
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The new version is free to download from

You have to pay for a voice-guidance license if you want to use this feature (you can buy per day/month/year etc). Most regions have a 1-week trial license available but not NZ (not sure why when Aus do and NZ and Aus are treated as one region as far as voice-guidance licensing goes).

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  # 232464 8-Jul-2009 14:31
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Hmm my phone went a bit spastic when I used this for the first time. I said twice that the free 90 day trial had been activated but then went to the purchase voice guidance page.

It is quite nice though not nearly as friendly to use as my Navman but for a GPS in a phone it is very good.

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  # 232792 8-Jul-2009 21:51
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NZtechfreak: Its pretty good alright, I'm enjoying it on my Omnia i8910 ;)

Did you have to do anything to get it working (ie; hack) or was a simple install?

Didn't do anything to the sis installer, but my i8910 is hacked (otherwise it won't install).

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