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You also need a software client on your mobile to handle all this – it is built into the Nokia N95 as Maps. And you need a GPS antenna for position tracking and turn-by-turn navigation – as I said at the start of this review, that too is built into the Nokia N95.

So my first step was to visit and download a piece of software called MapLoader to my PC, install it, then download maps and copy them to a microSD card.

I wanted to test the N95 on a trip from England to Wales and had to get both country maps. You can see from the screenshot that I needed 90MB of storage for the former and 13MB for the latter. The download will take a bit of time, so don’t expect to get through this process in five minutes. In fact, depending on what maps you choose and the speed of your Internet connection, you could easily be looking at more than an hour’s online time.

While my ultimate goal was to use the N95 for sat-nav in a vehicle, the first test was to see if I could get a reliable GPS fix. The handset manual says that to run the Maps software you need to press the Nokia Menu key and then choose Maps. Er, no, Nokia, what you need to do is press the Nokia Menu key, choose Applications, then choose maps. Oh well.

The GPS antenna starts to hunt for a fix and when it gets one a map of the world zooms in to your precise location which is quite cool even if it has no bearing at all on how good the software is.

The phone’s manual is quite clear about the method for using its GPS antenna. In fact, I’ve never come across a GPS-toting device with such stringent requirements. You have to open the main slider to reveal the keyboard and then hold the N95 at an angle of about 45 degrees giving it a clear view of the sky.

I decided to meet it half way, so I opened my office window and placed the N95 on the outside sill, laid flat but with its slider opened. This is a position in which standalone GPS systems and ordinary Bluetooth GPS pucks have no trouble at all getting a quick fix. It took the N95 five minutes to get a fix and display my current location on screen, not as fast as I’d like, but not disastrously bad for a first test.

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September 9, 2008, 3:21 am

The Satnav On the Nokia N95 didn't work, so i sued Nokia through After 30 days there was no response from Nokia and the court ordered them to refund me &#163300....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 ( 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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