Posts tagged ‘google maps’

October 1st, 2010

Which one to choose – Nokia Ovi Maps or Google Maps?

Nokia Maps which is now known as Ovi Maps is a GPS navigation software from Nokia that can be used free of charge.  At start, the application was not available for free. However, Nokia has done this to give tough competition to the rivals. Both the applications are great and user-friendly. Both these applications have features that will guide you with voice navigation whether you are driving or walking to your destination.

As compared to Ovi Maps, you will be able to lock in a location quickly through Google Maps. Since Google Maps is powered with My Location service, you will able to lock a location even if your phone does not have a GPS chip. However, Ovi Maps will only be to find a destination if it is able to detect a  cell phone tower in the vicinity.
One of the advantages that you will get Ovi Maps is that you will be able to navigate even if your phone is offline. However, Google Maps require you to be connected to the internet for using navigation. This means you will be able to get the latest navigation information. On the Ovi Maps you can find third party applications such as Lonely Planet. You can even share your location on Facebook on Ovi Maps. You will not find any third party application on Google Maps.  However, you will able to make use of Google apps like Lattitude and Buzz on Google Maps.

Through My Maps which is a desktop version of Google Maps, you will be able to sync the same content on your cell phone.  Ovi Maps is also capable of doing this. However, it is not that user-friendly. The best feature of Ovi Maps is the voice guided turn by turn navigation. This means you will able to place your phone on the deck of your car and rely on it to guide you to your destination. You can download voice navigations in different languages. Google Maps lack this feature.

Another good thing about Ovi Maps is that the developers consistently release upgrades. However, we find ourselves using the same version of Google Maps for quite a long time. All smartphones from Nokia come with Ovi Maps and you can install Google Maps on your Nokia phone. However, Android phones that run Google Maps do not run the Ovi Maps navigation application.

June 4th, 2010

Top 7 Windows Mobile Applications

The Windows Mobile OS is a very easy to use operating system thanks to the Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 that we have been using on our desktops, laptops and netbooks. The best part about WinMo OS is that it provides you tons of add-ons, free and paid apps that you can install on your Windows Mobile.

Here are top 7 Windows Mobile applications:

1. Best web browser

Undoubtedly, the Opera Mini web browser is one of the best browsers available for smart phones as it comes with plenty of features such as multiple page browsing, zoom, speed dial, screen taps, and even lets you view online videos.

2. Best instant messenger

Though there are plenty of instant messengers available for WinMo such as Agile Messenger, Fring and Nimbuzz, the IM+ All-in-One messenger provides you with a single platform to get in touch with your friends on Yahoo, Gtalk, Windows Live, AIM, Skype, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. The easy to use interface is what makes it to be best among others.

3. Best media player

The CorePlayer is a universal media player for playing all kinds of video and audio formats. It provides you with playlists and even lets you view YouTube videos. You can make use of it for viewing image files, container formats and streaming formats. It is a paid application and provides a top notch technical support.

4. Best synchronization application

MyMobiler not only lets you synchronize your data between your Windows Mobile and computer but also lets you control your computer through your phone. You can even use your computer’s mouse to navigate through your phone and use the computer’s keyboard to type messages on your phone. It also lets you access the Microsoft Exchange Server.

5. Best navigation app

Google Maps is the most preferred GPS app for Windows Mobile. It is a freeware app that lets you find directions and trace your destinations. If you are looking for a restaurant, you can simply type ‘restaurant’ in the search bar and you the app will let you view all the restaurants available at your location.

6. Best search app

Windows Mobile Live Search is the best search application for WinMo. With this app, you can get faster search results and even search on it hands free. It also does well in providing you with driving directions with easy to understand satellite imagery.

7. Best email application

A WinMo is incomplete without a powerful email application such as Blackberry Connect. It supports wide range of formats like MS Word, Excel, Adobe, etc and shows you mails in threaded messaging format. This app is not available on all the Windows Mobile phones and you will have to spend a few dollars to get this app on your phone.