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MIR Show – Ben and Rafe row over Nokia Maps

Toward the end of the interview we filmed with Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian last night, there was brief discussion about Nokia Maps. Rafe is obviously a rather big fan of it. Ben Smith — normally the quiet, implaccable and relaxed thinking man on the team (“come on Tim!”) went nuts. Nuts in the context of Ben. If you would like to see this, have a watch of this semi-outtake. Oh, and Rafe also briefly joins the MIR Show team…


Ben Smith and Rafe Blandford DISAGREE on Nokia Maps from Mobile Industry Review on Vimeo.

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9 replies on “MIR Show – Ben and Rafe row over Nokia Maps”

I was on one of the few official market research groups for Nokia Maps in the UK, with 4 other guys. We were all very experienced with phones, and mapping apps. We all agreed Nokia Maps 2.0 was TERRIBLE. I gave Nokia a 30-something point list of things that needed fixing or redesigning, many of which were fundamental flaws, not quick fixes. Just for starters routing was plain wrong or just insane, on every route I planned, and the interface was totally illogical and clunky. Maps 3.0 is little better. It has great potential, but is indeed rubbish at the moment. I use TomTom for driving, and Google Maps for walking, but would shift to NM in a moment if it was half decent.

I was on one of the few official market research groups for Nokia Maps in the UK, with 4 other guys. We were all very experienced with phones, and mapping apps. We all agreed Nokia Maps 2.0 was TERRIBLE. I gave Nokia a 30-something point list of things that needed fixing or redesigning, many of which were fundamental flaws, not quick fixes. Just for starters routing was plain wrong or just insane, on every route I planned, and the interface was totally illogical and clunky. Maps 3.0 is little better. It has great potential, but is indeed rubbish at the moment. I use TomTom for driving, and Google Maps for walking, but would shift to NM in a moment if it was half decent.

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