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> Nokia bought out a company whose name escapes me but basically it's
> their own and comes with the phone
Nokia use the "Smart2Go" software.
And as I posted elsewhere on here, the GPS is virtually useless in the
real world. It takes WAY too long to lock on to be useful. Sometimes
over ten minutes standing in the one spot to wait for a lockon.
Dedicated GPS units (latest generation) use the SIRFStar III chip which
is very quick to lock on. The Nokia uses a much older chip. If in a
car, then it can be plugged into the ciggie lighter socket and kept
running, except there's no safe way to balance it where it can pick up a
signal through the windscreen unless you make some sort of holder.
If you're trying to use it on foot while walking around a new city,
catching buses, cabs, trains, etc - then forget about it. The battery
will only last half a morning if you're lucky, and doing the smart thing
and turning it off once you figure out where to go next is not an
option, as it will take another 5 - 10 minutes to lock on at the street
corner down the road when you want to check the next step of the
directions. You're much better of with a good old paper map!
Believe me - I've just done it. I just finished a 5-week round the
world trip, exploring several cities on foot. I sold a Navman dedicated
GPS unit when I bought the N95 before leaving, I spent hours downloading
and installing maps for all the areas I would be going to - and ended up
not using the phone as a GPS at all after the first 4 or 5 attempts. I
got maps from each city's Tourist Info offices or the hotels, and used
those. Far easier.
Bottom line - do NOT, repeat NOT, buy the N95 for its GPS capabilities.