Feeds

Readers rate Nokia's free Smart2Go satnav app

Have your say

High performance access to file storage

What I also did was spend money on the upgrade already. I started playing with the planning functions and it seemed straightforward enough for an experienced user of half a dozen previous GPS systems. I don’t think the user interface or address entry system is quite up to TomTom standards, but not much worse than previous first versions.

'How much money?' I hear you cry. Well not too bad, but not peanuts either. For UK and Ireland, it's £4.27/€6.40 (one day's usage), £5.26/€7.90 (30 days), £39.50/€60 (one year); and £46.09/€70 (three years).

I went for the 30-day - only a pound more than the one-day licence. You can pay four ways, either on you phone bill - phone sends premium rate messages but charges £6 not £5.26- or by credit card. I tried the text message way but it threw up an error so I paid by Visa instead. An email contains you proof of purchase and your license code which will be needed if you reinstall or change devices - suggesting a transferable licence.

So what happened next? Basically, I crashed it and had to do a hard reset. I won’t go into the hows as I just got a bit punchy and kept pressing buttons, but I managed to get it stuck on the stop over addition section and back/select didn’t work. That said, after the reset it has behaved perfectly - remembering my last entered destination - letting me run it and plan and start to navigate a route with no problems.

BTW, the XDA Mini S only has a 200MHz processor with small available memory so getting it to lock up isn’t that hard so I won’t hold it against the software till I have tried it a bit more.

nokia maps - guidance

What I haven’t done is tried to drive a full route or test the re-routing functions as it’s 11pm and driving round in the dark playing with a new satnav is dangerous. So for now just first impressions. The pros:

  • It's free to play with...
  • ...so if nothing else you can see where you are on the map - either moving or the map stays stationary and the icon moves.
  • It lets you search for addresses, post codes (seven-digit ish), locations, POIs (some are built in, I haven’t found out how to add them yet) and plan a route.
  • The map is zoomable so searching by hand scrolling the map is easy.
  • Multiple stops can be planned.

As for negatives:

  • Data costs could be high, although to be fair Nokia have tried to keep it down with the map manager app.
  • Not exactly a fast acting program, as phones are not usually blessed with clock cycles this could be a problem and I’d like to see how it behaves on the S60 phones and on a high spec WM5 unit.
  • As for the upgrade costs, well £6 for a 30-day trial won’t bankrupt me and £47 for three years doesn’t look too bad either as the maps could theoretically be constantly updated (speed cameras database?) even while on the move.

nokia maps

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.