Firmware Upgraded a Must
If you do get this phone, the first thing you need to do is to get the latest firmware upgrade. I found that when I first got the phone, I found that it was rather sluggish at times. It seems to lag here and there. I would also find that the phone would hang from time to time after I finished a call... More
If you do get this phone, the first thing you need to do is to get the latest firmware upgrade. I found that when I first got the phone, I found that it was rather sluggish at times. It seems to lag here and there. I would also find that the phone would hang from time to time after I finished a call or play the wrong ring tone. It wasn't until I downloaded the latest firmware and installed it before the phone was stable.
My main reason for purchasing this phone (or a smartphone in general) was to get a GPS. This phone comes with a GPS with mapping software called Ovi Maps. The latest version that you can download comes with free driving navigation. The navigation software is pretty good for the most part. It seems to select different routes based on time of day or traffic conditions. I noticed that when I used it at night, it picked a different route than during the day trying to find the best route to your destination.
I have some issues with the route selection. It seems to pick some questionable routes. I noticed that Ovi Maps seem to emphasise certain streets a little too much over other streets. If I want to travel from the northeast side of Vancouver to the southwest side, it tells me to go west into downtown and then south out of downtown instead of picking a route that does not go through the busy downtown area. It seems always prefer to pick a route along the east-west street that heads into downtown over many other similar streets.
In spite of the less than optimal route selection, my intention is to use the GPS in a city I am not familiar with. In such a situation, any route that gets me to my destination is good enough even if it isn't necessarily the best. I've compared it to Google Maps and I find that both mapping software will have it's odd quirks when selecting routes.
It took me over a month to get used to the phone and really customise it to the way I like. Right now, its a nice convenient alternative to turning on my PC for accessing email, social media and other internet applications. The keyboard is nice for typing short messages. I think they could have placed a few keys differently. Still, it did not take me very long to get used to the keyboard. The only other smartphone I've used much is a Blackberry Tour. My personal preference is the N97 because the keys are spaced farther apart than on the Blackberry. I seem to have a lot of trouble typing on the Blackberry compared to the N97.
Overall, it is a good phone. You just need to make sure you upgrade the firmware right away before doing anything else or you may find the phone a frustrating to use at times. Less