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Nokia explains in words and figures why its mapping app is better than what Google and Apple have

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Nokia explains in words and figures why its mapping app is better than what Google and Apple have
Nokia might be more and more into trash talking lately, but if there is one thing where we whole-heartedly agree with its swagger is Maps. Nokia and Windows Phone right now simply has the most prolific maps application on the market. Better in most cases than Google Maps, and leaps-and-bounds better than Apple’s brand new own maps solution.

Nokia now has taken the time to explain in words and figures why its automotive-grade Navteq maps are better and how they are different. First and foremost, the Nokia Maps solution is owned, built and developed by Nokia itself. The whole effort is 20 years in the making and it will definitely take more than just a couple of years for competitors to reach the level of details and the amount of countries covered by Nokia Maps.

“Nokia’s suite of location-aware apps and services on its new Lumia devices put it in a clear lead over its competitors in terms of the depth, breadth and integration of the mapping, navigation and transport experiences it can offer. It also leads in terms of the global coverage it provides,” Tim Shepherd, senior analyst at Canalys, said.


Check out the infographic below and the map that shows where Nokia, Google and Apple offer turn-by-turn navigation.

source: Nokia Conversations

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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:56 7

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I really doubt it's better.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:00 29

5. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


You have got to be kidding right?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 14:54 1

36. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It doesn't matter how many countries it lists. It matters how much KM/miles of road is there.

Google has over 5 million miles of Street View roads. How much does Nokia's city lens cover? Has anyone tested this thoroughly?

Example: my house, even my lane doesn't exist on Nokia map. It does exist on google map.

How many Nokia/Navteq cars do you see around filming the streets?

City lens is a glorified augmented reality app. Nothing more. Please show us the proof that it works as good as google Street View.

How about 26 million miles of driving directions? who can match that?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:02 19

7. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


one thing i know is apple's ios6 maps is just not so good compared to the competition

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:19 25

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


You do realize that Nokia owns Navteq? A company good in making maps?

Nokia Maps is one of the best in the industry.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:05 7

21. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


even google admits it so why dont you admit the truth there is no shame in believing the truth

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:16 3

27. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


It actually is. They are the premier navigation provider in the mobile phone industry.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 13:47 2

32. torr310 (Posts: 388; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I like Garmin. Wish Google acquires Garmin. haha

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 15:45 5

39. arav3432 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


The maps used by Garmin products are provided by Navteq, which is owned by Nokia...haha

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 14:33 5

34. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I've been using Nokia Navteq maps since 2008 and I tell you Nokia has the best GPS ever inside any phone in the market including Google map. I switch from Nokia Symbian to Android phone and I was amazed with what Google android has advantages in the OS but I was very disappointing with Google maps. If you never tried Nokia GPS with Navteq Map please don't post your comment without any prior knowledge of the Nokia map. I am buying the nokia Lumia 920 because of the GPS but I insist on wishing nokia made this Lumia with android because I don't get a long with Microsoft product.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 17:52 1

41. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Navteq makes the best maps and they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nokia. So yes, Nokia's maps are much better in terms of detail, not withstanding coverage, offline access and other features.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:58

65. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


for the record, Google maps>Nokia>Apple. I'm definitely not saying Nokia's is bad, probably a lot better than Apples. But Google maps is huge. I can't imagine it being 2nd place.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:56 3

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Street view?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:58 3

25. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


City lens?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 15:07 1

37. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


how good is that? 5 million miles of street view. 5 million. then there is largest collection of POI and business data. who gets more business and POI data other than google? you are talking about a world's biggest search engine gathering information from billions of sources. how would nokia get that much information? visiting every shop and market on foot?

show me the how much city lens cover.. 5 million miles we talking about here with street view only.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:16 1

44. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


mate first calm down second stop your ranting,

nokia and google are both respectively good but nokia has advantages and even android fans have said nokia maps are the best

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:58 7

3. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Not exactly true.
Nokia is right that the Google Maps on Android is "not really", but if you have time to capture (making available offline) every place you want (though some places like Rome cannot be captured), it's true offline map.
About Maps on Iphone, I'm not sure about iOS 6 but on iOS 5 I can buy maps of certain areas (with the f**king high price) and make it offline.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:01 12

6. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Navigation is still not possible offline

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 13:26 1

31. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


im a mostly nokia user so - buy maps? what the?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 16:23 1

40. chrsp (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


far from it, google maps is far from true offline map. Even if you took the time to capture offline the area, all it gets you is a satellite image, you don't get street names and POIs, meaning, you still have more functionality if you are connected to internet. If on nokia maps, you get street maps and POIs even offline, then I truly believe it is better

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:58 15

4. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Because It Supports More Countries Also my country (Iran) :D

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:08 1

8. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


which one

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:53 4

19. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


the country inside his close-open paratheses. duh.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:10 2

9. CreeDiddy (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


http://maps.nokia.com/ is plain garbage!!!!

If this is like the phone version they are at the same drawing board as iOS Maps...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:07 5

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


again ignorant fools who are stubborn not to admit the real thing even if presented the facts the sign of a looser. even google and apple admits it who are you to think its not

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 15:08

38. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


where did google say anything in this article? google did say they have 26 million miles of driving directions ans 5 million miles of street view.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:32

53. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


google admits it but they dont tell in the article facts are there why say its not correct when it is true stats and stop that being blind it makes you looks idiot.when someone gives u facts adn real world stats you have to admit it. you dont have to deny the facts just because it hurts your feelings

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:40

55. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_map_services
here see for ur self if u understand most of the comparisons goolg enot very far behind but still nokia got more edge

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 14:43 3

35. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Please don't judge nokia maps based onhttp://maps.nokia.com/. You have to see it installed in Nokia phone and compare it yourself with Google maps and see for yourself why Nokia maps can outperform any available maps in all the phones has made so far. I am an android fanboy but still insist that Google maps is nothing to compare with Nokia navteq GPS. Nokia is sure a winner.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:11 12

10. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i really want nokia to succeed even though i an an android fan and absolutely love google

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:11 3

11. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Nokia is lying again Google maps covered every countries in the World, indoor in popular buildings and undersea.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:09 6

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


did u traveld everywhere and turned on street view and went indoor and with maps or u are just thinking that its fake

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:36

54. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_map_services here look for at this then tell who is lying nokia or wikipidea :P

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:18 3

12. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Yeah...http://www.geekdevs.com/2011/10/get-turn-by-turn-voice-navigation-for-google-maps-in-india-on-android/ just saying it is available for every country just shut off either by government request or some other reason.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:29 1

14. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Maybe if Nokia stopped stopped trash talking, can Elop and actually started to make good phones again, they would get out of the mess that they're in.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:21 5

28. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


The 920/820 are great phones. If only they could launch and price it soon.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:10 3

42. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I can't think of a time when Nokia hasn't made a good phone (and, more to the point, a good PHONE, which Nokia has excelled at to the point of legend). Sure late 2009-2010 weren't the glory years, but the N8, E7, 700, 701, etc, still held their own against ios, blackberry, and Palm, and are still technically more capable (just not as developed) than Android.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:23

45. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


agree mate nokia are legends in building quality.

and even with the ''dead'' symbian os they still compete with android and iOS.

nokia belle fp2 is fast and very stable best Symbian has been by far yet no one seems to give it a chance.

i have the 808 pureview and as said before ive got belle fp2 and its runs like a dream. never felt like im using something inferior (because i aint in fact i have more functionality)

the 808 sticks to what nokia and symbian were known for -function over form.....not saying its an ugly phone i just mean nokia never compromised just to keep it thin or small.

i havent used the e7,700,701 so cant comment. but the n8 also a great phone, camera legend i mean its taken 2 years for others to catch up and nokia drops the 808 to raise the bar again.

anyways i went on abit lol

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:38 3

15. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Google has more navagation options in my opinion and much easier to use.
Nokia might cover more and be more accurate, but with the 15+ years MORE mapping experience, GOOGLE should NOT be as close as good as it is.

Sorry Nokia but 20yrs of mapping, Google will do in 5.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:52 10

18. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I use both and I have to disagree with the negatives about Nokia Maps. It's actually quite easy to use and extremely reliable. If you are on an unlimited data plan in the USA, Google Maps is an excellent nav solution. However, the real benefit of Nokia Maps is that it works both on line and offline. You download the countries at will for free (via network, wifi, or PC) and then can operate online or offline, regardless of data quality. Of course, the benefit of online is that you get real time traffic updates, etc. You can also customize your navigation voice or even download celebrity voices for free. It's pretty cool. The public transport options are also excellent for most large cities around the world. City Lens is a very useful augemented reality app leveraging 3D rendering. It simply works and I find it really helps me get my bearings when in a new city. Next will come the indoor navigation for large malls and other enclosed venues, which Nokia has been pioneering for the last 4+ years.

I'm not saying it's always better than Google Maps and within the USA, Google is excellent competition. But when taken globally, there is no contest. Especially if you factor in data costs. JMO.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:11 4

24. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes everyone know they will do it in 5 since they always copy and use other stuff and name it theirs :P

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:44 2

16. ndidaaaa (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


Google maps LAGS behind outside the United States. I wrote them at least 5 times already begging them for Navigation and the holdback is unbelievable because I had the "Hacked" version of Maps before and it gave me voice turn by turn navigation. I don't know WHY in the world they are holding it back. And I'm currently on my 4th Android. I'm seriously thinking on the Lumia 920 for my next device.
I had an N82 before with Garmin and an ".img" map provided by a cartography company down here and it was FLAWLESS! You could even find a coin in the middle of nowhere and the turn by turn Nav was mind blowing! Too bad it started having with software problems and I had to sell it.
By the way.... I'm writing from Paraguay (South America)

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:46 2

17. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Are these maps and feature also available for Symbian devices like the 701? Am looking into getting the 701.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:57 5

20. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Yes. In fact, the WP Lumia devices are now finally catching up to the capability Nokia Maps has had on Symbian for awhile. Last year, Symbian was ahead. Now, with the arrival of WP7.8 and WP8, I think they are essentially equivalent.

PS: The 701 is an excellent device. The latest firmware bumps the CPU/GPU performance to 808 PureView levels. It also has an extremely bright screen with CBD technology, delivering 1000 nits. Great for outdoor readability.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:12 1

26. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Ah thanks. I am also waiting for november 25 for Nokia Collaboration day, since they might announce a successor to the 701. Otherwise, I would have tried buying the device now.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:25

29. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Of all the phones in the market you want to buy the 701? It does feel premium and is a good phone but isn't 3.5 inch to small? Plus the resolution is not great. Wait for the 8s/820, you'll get a better deal.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:11 1

43. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I own a 701 (and its direct predecessor, the C7). You won't be disappointed. That said, I recommend spending a bit more and getting an 808. I know I would!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:25

46. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


yeah the 808 is basically the ultimate Symbian beast. amazing phone

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:33

61. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Yes but thats a bit out of my price bracket. Besides i like the build of the 701.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:37

62. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


yeah true plus if your not fussed about having the monster camera then the 701 is just as good in many ways.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:52 2

30. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


@No_Nonsense

I did look at other options.
Android devices have compromised hardware/capabilities for my price bracket.
Apple devices are completely out of my reach.

The 701 offers so many hardware advantages like wide variety of audio/video codec support out of the box, seems to have support for full web experience (including flash) since a recent software update, offline satellite navigation, very good 8 mpx camera (though fixed focus), NFC, FM transmitter, USB on the go, most of the essential apps are available.
It looks like i can use it without being dependent on the internet or a PC.
As for the screen size, i'm not taken by this whole huge screen fad. I feel 3.5 - 4 inch is reasonable. 4.3 inches on devices like RAZR M is acceptable.
I held the 701 once and was totally sold by its form factor/stunning build.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 14:13 2

33. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Nokia Maps and Google Maps are much closer to each other.

Apple Maps? A very VERY long way to go, shame.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:13

50. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


YEAH IT IS! Got a Lumia 710 and got the maps for ON, Canada. Since my Symbian days it's been the BEST! Now Nokia publicize YOUR MAPS!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 01:33

51. platformwars (Posts: 78; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


This is wrong.. or maybe an older analysis, i have a Lumia 710 and a HTC Desire HD running Custom Jelly Bean ROM.. My google maps has turn by turn navigation in India and its pretty accurate too.. It's almost as good as Nokia Drive.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 02:39

52. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 May 2011)


i have used both, both are really good. I prefer google maps normally. Nut when data connection is hard to get Nokia maps offer way better solution.

P.S see how i didnt consider apple maps? Thats because they are worthless.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:30

57. maverick786us (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Nokia Maps might be running on par with Google Maps. I've heard from some people that Google updates their maps more frequently than Nokia.

But Nokia Drive is the BEST. Any other application provided by Android or IOS is not even closer. It updates the destination at super fast rate.

Last week I used Google maps in my dad's iPad2 in drive there were so many occasions that I took wrong turn and it took almost a minute to update that in the maps.

With Nokia Drive its instant and the best part if once you take wrong turn it immediately provides you the updated root which is not possible in my dad's IPad2 which I presume uses Google Maps for navigation purpose

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:35

58. SpectatorS (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


public transport : 0
LOL
way to go, nokia!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:55

66. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


nokia maps is the best mapping solution for mobile no doubt!

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