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Demo: Nokia Maps For Windows Phone

While Nokia’s Drive app will be exclusive to its Windows Phones, the Nokia Maps application will be available on the Windows Phone marketplace for all Windows Phone devices. The application is a little different from what you are used to on Symbian devices and follows the Metro style UI.

Another difference is you cannot pre-load maps on this application, that is restricted to Nokia Drive. So you will need an active data connection to pull the maps and other location information around you. But once your get that out of the way, the experience on the app is very good. You can pinch to zoom, have access to all sorts of guides with Lonely Planet and Michelin integration, similar to the Symbian counterpart. Another aspect that has been really improved is public transport.

In certain regions around the world, Nokia will be offering tracking of public transport accurate upto the minute.  The first view lets you search for places nearby, while the second view populates the map with the top 25 restaurants, shops, vistor attractions around you to give you a better idea of how to get around a new city.

Here is a in depth look at the application. Unfortunately the video was recorded in a noisy room, but the video should still give you a fair idea of what to expect from the Windows Phone variant of Nokia Maps.

Many thanks to Dan Martins from the Nokia Maps team for the demo.

Video: We Look At The Nokia Drive App, Exclusive To Nokia’s Windows Phones

One of the core differentiating features on Nokia’s Windows Phones will be the Nokia Drive app. Different from Nokia Maps, which will be available for everyone at the Windows Marketplace, Drive is Nokia’s Navigation app that lets you pre-load maps and use the phone as an offline navigation device.

The app has been created with an in car experience in mind, so the buttons are huge so that you can easily press them across the dashboard if you have the phone mounted. The interface is simple so that you take your eye off the road for the least amount of time and here is what it looks like.

You can download maps for entire countries from within the application. Also present is the ability to download navigation instructions in a bunch of different languages, all from within the phone.

PS: The video was recorded in a noisy room, so apologies for that. It should however be able to give you a fair idea of what to expect from the application.