Friday, February 23, 2007

Smart2Go: Free Maps & POI's

Nokia bought gate5 and made its products available not only for Nokia phone users but also for anyone running Windows Mobile. It has a different look & feel but the functionality seems to be exactly the same as its Symbian counterpart reviewed by GpsPassion.

If you have a Smartphone running Windows Mobile, like the Palm Treo 650 (thanks again LT!) grab the .cab file at the download site and try it out. It is not required by this package but a GPS receiver will make things easier.

Check the post on Google Maps for tips on how to set up a Bluetooth partnership with a GPS receiver. Smart2go will pick that up and after the initial startup it will zoom into your current location much like Google Earth showing a 3D image of the Earth and going down into a detailed map of your surroundings.

If you don't want to pay for data transfer to obtain maps you can try the MapLoader covered on this other post. It works with a memory card used at least once by Smart2Go and with Nokia phones.

You can choose between 2D or 3D view, search for POI (point-of-interest) like hotels, restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, etc. You will be presented with a list of the pretty up-to-date results and detailed information as address and telephone.

For navigation with voice directions you will need to choose the preferred language and pay between 11.67 US$ for a 7-day license and 129.77 US$ for a 3-year license. You can also pay 12.97 US$ for a month of use or 116.79 US$ for a year license.

Smart2go also sells city guides for 7.99 Euros each.

Check these demos of Smart2go on the Nokia N95 at YouTube (demo1, demo2).

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