Nokia Drive: In-Car Hands On Test (Video)

In the video above, we tested the Nokia Drive app in the streets of America. Watch the video to see for yourself how the app performs and how the voice instructions sound.

Overall, I highly recommend the Nokia Drive app. The voice instructions are just as good as any standalone GPS unit like Garmin or TomTom, and the tracking is extremely accurate. The app also supports Mango multitasking and resumes your navigation almost instantly. Plus, the maps can be downloaded to your phone for offline use.

However, there are some negatives…

  • Can’t run under the lockscreen (receiving voice instructions would be great, but it doesn’t work)
  • Doesn’t fully work offline (you can’t search for desinations)
  • Searching for an address is complicated (you have to add the city after the address)
  • Doesn’t have a POI list for nearby gas stations/etc.

So Nokia Drive could definitely use some improvements. I’m extremely glad that I have an in-dash navigation unit on my car, because using Nokia Drive still lacks features all true navigation units have.

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