Nokia Drive review [Windows Phone]

Reviews Ben Griffin 11:04, 1 Feb 2012

We review the Nokia Drive app to see if it can get you from A to B without too much fuss

Rating: 
4
Verdict: 
Nokia Drive is a great free but feature-light sat-nav solution for your Nokia Lumia smartphone

There's nothing quite like spending four hours on a hot summer's day in a traffic jam because your SatNav has all the directional skills of a toddler in a snowstorm.

Fortunately, British weather is merciful - which is just a nice way of saying it's predominantly rubbish - and SatNavs have come on leaps and bounds. But what about their app counterparts such as Nokia Drive, one of three bundled apps to come with the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710?

Well for one thing, Nokia Drive is free, which makes it mighty tempting if you only have the money for one gadget and a SatNav was lower down the wish list than a new mobile. Plus the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 smartphones are office favourites, that alone makes them worth buying.

But just because Nokia Drive's free doesn't mean it's light on features. Whereas most app-navs - as we like to call them - charge extra for European maps, you can download them for free. So if you plan on having a roadtrip in France you can download 488MB of map data to ensure you don't end up in French Guiana instead of Franche-Comte.

Unfortunately, there is a catch. Setting a destination requires a data connection, which is fine if you start in the UK but not so good for the home journey back from Kazakhstan (yes, it's available). Luckily, downloaded maps are stored locally on your device, which means it's only the start that requires data.

Another negative, but an entirely understandable one, is the need to download maps via Wi-Fi to keep data charges within the realms of sensible. A bit of forward thinking means you can download all the maps you need before setting off but that won't help if you have an impromptu trip to a country that wasn't on the itenary, so to speak.

Specifications

Platform Windows Phone Nokia devices
Cost Free
Version 1.1.0.1584
Developer Nokia
Website http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/support/product/nokia-drive/

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