The Nokia N95's Maps application lets you plan a route between two locations, and draws up a step-by-step itinerary or route map for you to follow.
Maps will also link up with the N95's GPS tool to guide you from your present position to your destination, using voice commands just as a dedicated GPS system would.
First, make sure that you're connected to the internet, either via your mobile network provider or using a Wi-Fi connection.
Planning the route
From standby mode, highlight the Maps icon and click the centre selection key, or click the main menu button, highlight the Maps icon and click the centre selection key.
The GPS system will try and pinpoint your location around the globe. To by-pass the animated graphic, click Skip. The GPS will keep looking in the background.
Your location (or in the case of no GPS signal, your most recent location) will appear on a map on the screen.
If at this point you see a message reading 'No Internet connection. Please check your network settings', follow the instructions in the section Maps Network Settings, below.
You now have to enter a Starting point and Destination for your route. To select a Starting point, highlight the top line and click the central selection key.
You have six choices (Figure 1).
- GPS position – Calculates your current position and installs that as your Starting point
- Landmark – Lets you assign one of your preset Landmarks (favourite locations) as your Starting point
- Recent – Remembers five recent locations and lets you choose one as your Starting point
- From map – Transfers you to the visual map. Using the navigation keys, move the cursor around the map, zooming in with the * key and out with the # key. When the cursor is over your starting point, press Select
- Address (Figure 2) – Enter the Number, Street, City, Post Code or Country of your Starting point into the fields provided, click Options and Search, and Maps will locate its full address. Highlight the preferred location on the results page and click Select to set that as your Starting point
- From guide – You can purchase a range of city guides to download to your Nokia N95. Highlight From guide and click Select, then use the navigation key to tab between Nearest guides (a selection of local guides), all Guides (guides for a selection of countries) and My guides (guides you've purchased). To buy a guide, highlight its title, click Options, highlight Purchase and click Yes to confirm the purchase. When it has downloaded, you'll be prompted to accept the licence agreement and taken online to confirm payment. You can then select a point of interest from a City guide as your Starting point.
Once confirmed, your Starting point will appear in the first line on the Route planner page. Now you need to select a Destination. To do this, highlight Destination and click the central selection key.This offers the same options as the Starting point menu, apart from GPS position (which would be really good if it could detect where you wanted to go!).
When you've selected your destination so that it appears in the Destination section of the Route planner page, you're ready to set your route parameters (Figure 3). Click Options, highlight Settings and click Select. Under the Routing tab, you'll see six options – Transport mode (by car or on foot), Route selection (shortest or fastest), Motorway, Tunnel, Ferry and Toll road (all four of which are yes/no options).
To change any setting, highlight the option, click Options, highlight Change and click Select to see the available options. Highlight your chosen option using the Up and Down navigation keys and click OK to confirm.
Click the right navigation key to see the General settings tab. This lets you set the System of measurement (metric or imperial), Backlight (on or off) and a Language for voice guidance.
When you've chosen your settings, click Back to return to your start and destination points.
To have Maps work out the recommended route, click Options, highlight Show route, click Select and the Route planner will calculate your route (Figure 4).
The resulting itinerary (Figure 5) will be displayed by default as a step-by-step guide, telling you when to turn, and onto which road.
You can also view a graphical representation of the route by highlighting any instruction and clicking the centre selection key, or by clicking Select from the itinerary, highlighting Show on map and clicking Select. Press the Up navigation key to go to the next junction and press the Down nav key to go back a step. Helpfully, the map rotates so that it's always pointing in your direction of travel.
There's also a route simulation (Figure 6), which animates your route and gives voice instructions of the 'turn left' and 'second at the roundabout' variety. The animation is timed according to recommended speeds on the roads. To see this, click Options from the itinerary or Show on map window, highlight Start simulation and click Select. Pressing 0 toggles between flat 2D maps and a 3D view, and you can zoom in with the * key and zoom out with the # key.
If you have a GPS signal, your N95's Maps application can guide you from point to point. It works just like the route simulation, with voice commands and clear visual instructions, though it offers instructions based on your movements in real-time, giving you instructions as you need them.
To activate GPS navigation, click Options, highlight Start navigation and click Select.
Maps can also be set to track your position on a road. Unlike the GPS navigation, this doesn't call out instructions, it just shows you where you are at that particular time. It's useful if you get lost and need to compare your current position in relation to the planned route.
To activate GPS tracking, click Options, highlight Start tracking and click Select.
If you see the message 'No Internet connection. Please check your network settings' when you start up Maps (similar to Figure 7), you need to assign a network to the application.
- To do this, click Options, highlight Settings and click Select.
- On the Settings screen (Figure 8), highlight Network and press the centre selection key
- When the Network page opens, highlight Default access point and press the centre selection key (Figure 9)
- A list of available networks will appear (both wireless WLAN networks and mobile web connections). Highlight the connection you want to use and click OK to see it in the Default access point field (Figure 10)
- Note: if you choose a WLAN connection, you should also be connected to this WLAN. Follow our guide Connect your Nokia N95 to a wireless network to set up a connection
- Back to Planning the route, above