Turn-by-turn Voice Guided Navigation
Ovi Maps, through voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, allow you to navigate the streets by either walking or driving. This service allows you to choose between a wide selection of languages and accents which include both male and female voices for your convenience.
When it comes to voice guided walk navigation, the Nokia maps application can alert you when it's time to take a turn by playing a beep or by vibrating. This is quite convenient as it does not make much sense in certain situations, for example taking a walk while listen to music which would most likely mean you end up missing that voice instruction. So a vibration from the Nokia phone to alert you to check the screen for the next instruction comes in handy.
Another neat integrated feature about Nokia maps is the way it leaves a trail behind showing the places you have walked and that can give some interesting insight in the choice of path you walked especially when hiking off road.
The Nokia maps application also gives you the benefit of getting traffic information updates which can save you from unexpected occurrences on the streets. Even though it would seem ideal to get these updates in real time, I feel it is better to get them manually as I have noticed so far these updates are based on predetermined occurrences on the street such as a planned repair or road closure due to an event and therefore there is no need to use up your money on data services trying to check on updates every five or so miutes. I am yet to come across an accident on my route and see how this service handles it in realtime.
Another cool feature I like about Nokia maps is that you can organize your routes and places entering the address, GPS coordinates or pinning the place from the map. It doesn't stop there. You can synchronize this information with Nokia maps online through Ovi Services and have the same information accessible to you on your computer.
This simply means that you can have the pleasure of organizing your route. Plan to take that trip, map and research all your points of interest from the comfort of your home, then when you are ready to go, simply synchronize all that information from Nokia maps with your Nokia phone. You end up with value added services on your Nokia maps mobile application at no extra cost.
While on the road, one thing to note is that the Nokia maps application tends to be quite timely and responsive while giving directions. I have tested it side by side with a Tom Tom and it seems to give voice instructions in a more timely manner. Another good feature is the visual guidance Nokia Maps provides on which lane you need to be in especially when approaching intersections.