Nokia’s starting to produce some quite interesting software for their smartphones. I wrote a little while ago about the podcast-listening application, and now they’ve come out with Smart2Go, a free and very capable mapping program – think of some mix of Google Maps, Google Earth, and Tom Tom.
They’re giving it away, but some of the services, such as Tom-Tom-style navigation using your bluetooth or built-in GPS, need to be paid for on a time basis. So if you’re visiting Italy for just a week, you can get a 7-day license for voice-based navigation and guidance for £4.29. The app is pretty heavy on network bandwidth, so if you’re not on a flat rate you may want to use the Windows app which lets you pre-download the maps to your phone.
well, the whole logic of the hybrid model of smart2go is to download once and then avoid the download completely. in this sense, it does save a lot of bandwidth. it just costs a bit the first time. get the map loader and load the maps you like … still a bit slow though, but i hope this will get better …
Has anyone found the maploader software unworkably slow? I’m trying to download a UK map which is 90mb and the counter is just going up and up currently on 12,000 hours to download, hang on – 12,567 hours now.
Software is top notch but downloading appears to be an issue.