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Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • Nokia N95 and Nokia smart2go Sat-Nav
  • N95 Smart Phone (Quad Band, Dual Band - GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900 - Bluetooth, Infrared, Wi-Fi - GPRS, EDGE, HSCSD, HSDPA - True Tone, Polyphonic - 16.7 Million Colors - 160MB - Slide)


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Much has been spoken – and written – about the fact that Nokia’s N95 has a GPS antenna built into it, but I’ve not read a great deal about this in serious use for door to door navigation. Having tried it, I am more pleased with it than I expected to be, though all is not entirely rosy.

The N95 takes an approach to navigation that I’ve not come across in a mobile device before. It is worth recapping what is available before considering how Nokia is breaking the mould.

Currently there are several options available. You could go for a standalone navigation device whose sole, or main job is turn-by-turn navigation. Yes, it might add in MP3 playing, acting as Bluetooth handsfree kit, or some other extras, but it is primarily for navigation purposes.

Alternatively you can add navigation software to your mobile phone or PDA. You may need to add a GPS antenna too, if this is not built in. What you are doing in this instance is augmenting an often strong set of smartphone features with another capability.

Finally, you can take a solution with a range of off-board components. These rely on data networks to deliver information, which offers the plus points of more up to date information about Points of Interest and maps, but rely on the data networks being accessible when you need them.

Nokia has broken the mould by giving away basic map data and route planning capability, only asking you to pay if you want turn-by-turn navigation, and then offering payment plans based on how long you need the facility for right down to a single week. Moreover, maps are available not just for a limited number of countries, but for plenty of them, across the world. Yes, for free.

During turn-by-turn navigation you can download maps over the air as you travel if you are rich enough and/or confident enough in network coverage. I chose to download the maps I needed to a PC before travelling and drop them onto a microSD card instead. That way I could also use the entire maps for pre-planning at any time.


September 9, 2008, 3:21 am

The Satnav On the Nokia N95 didn't work, so i sued Nokia through www.moneyclaim.gov.uk After 30 days there was no response from Nokia and the court ordered them to refund me 𧷤....This was my case "Goods "not fit for purpose".Claimant purchased a Nokia N95 mobile phone with GPS satnav. At no stage did the GPS work properly. The Claimant contacted T-mobile(sellers)who informed him that responsibility laid with NokiaUk. Nokia offered many fixes&advice on various software updates and patches &other ways to correct the defect(e.g "assisted GPS"). Many hours (hundreds) were expended over several months followingAdvice but to no avail. In Nov2007 the defendant informed the claimant that nothing further Could be done&the claiment took this as an admission that the product was "not fit for purpose". Prior to purchase the claimant researched the manufacturers specs (nokia.com). The phone was purchased from T-mobile (In-house sales line). TheClaimant made it clear to the salesperson that he only wished to purchase a phone with GPS capabilities. He was assured that the GPS would be effective.During the same call the purchase was made. The GPS proved innefective and the claimant now seeks a refund of the costs incurred with this purchase"


September 15, 2008, 12:01 pm

following on from above....

The problem was that I found the assisted GPS was fine if you were in the city, but once you got into the countryside, rural areas then it became a problem once again.

Assisted GPS is their work-around to poor GPS satnav eqipment.

Assisted GPS is NOT "true" satnav. Rather than getting the signal directly from the satellite (as in your cars satnav system), assisted GPS gets its positioning by using ground base stations (Nokia says that it gets it's initial positioning by using these base station and then connects to satellite, I am skeptical of that, I'd love to see their proof of this).

I'll tell you what happened to me & my Nokia N95 (maybe it was just MY phone that was faulty??),

Without assisted GPS the satnav capabilities of my phone was zero.

With Assisted GPS, the satnav at last started to work quite well.

But it was a false dawn, because although in the city all worked well, I wanted to see what happened when I was in more remote areas (country lanes & on a mountain). what i found was that the GPS satnav was useless. It would not find the satellite and location. I ran it alongside my cars satnav. Whereby the cars satnav pinpointed my position wherever i was in the countryside, the N95 failed dismally. After all that hope i was back to square 1.

There equipment must be flawed? Look at the evidence? Why would they come up with assisted GPS?


November 15, 2010, 10:46 am

The phone needs to improve on its call quality and performance. If you can afford the $779 price tag, let me tell you that this is one of the best phones I have ever laid my hands on. Also when you are buying this phone, make sure you ask for Nokia N94-4. The 4 in the model number relates to 3G capabilities. There are several versions on this phone and you might get the wrong one accidentally.


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