Nokia Lumia 920 – Nokia Maps, Drive and Music
If you can’t find some of your favourite apps supported on Windows Phone 8 you may still be persuaded by Nokia’s excellent and exclusive offerings included with the Lumia 920.
The first and most prominent, given Apple’s calamitous Apple Maps launch, is Nokia Maps. This fully fledged mapping app provides map and satellite views as well as public transport and traffic views information. The map view isn’t quite as slick as Apple Maps but the coverage and labelling is far superior putting it on par with GoogleMaps. Likewise the satellite view is detailed and accurate. However, you do miss out on the rather clever 3D satellite view of Apple Maps and Street View in GoogleMaps, plus there isn’t a way to orient the maps to the direction you’re facing using the phone’s inbuilt compass – a bizarre and simple omission.
Perhaps the biggest boon of Nokia Maps, though, is that you can download the maps for use when you’re away from a data connection, i.e. when abroad. The maps are inevitably quite large – the UK map is 278MB – and coverage detail varies but you could easily load up your phone with enough maps for a fairly long trip before running out. Worldwide coverage is also excellent with the vast majority of regular destinations covered.
Nokia Maps also offers a public transport view including the London Underground, while Nokia Drive provides an easy driving navigation service.
Another great Nokia feature is Nokia Drive which uses the same maps as Nokia Maps but presents them in a drive-friendly manner, providing big, easy-to-press buttons, quick access to destination input and readouts of estimated speed and distance to destination.
Nokia City Lens
Finishing the trio of navigation apps, Nokia also has City Lens. This is an intriguing addition that we suspect will seldom actually get used but is clever nonetheless. As you pan round looking through the phone’s camera it shows nearby points of interest on the screen. This augmented reality trick is quite clever but is much less useful than finding the place on a map. That said, for when you’re getting close to your destination it does serve as something of an alternative to Google Street View for pinpointing your destination.
Nokia’s final big software feature is Nokia Music. Not only does this offer a music download service like every other phone but there’s also the unique Mix Radio feature. This offers free 1 hour themed mixes that can be downloaded to your phone for playing whenever and wherever you like. You can keep them as long as you like and download up to three at a time, with a pretty varied selection on offer. As a one stop shop for quickly filling your phone with new music, it’s a nice extra.