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Nokia N97 GPS Nav App Round-up

August 9, 2009

I’ve compiled a list with video demos of all the GPS navigation applications that work on the Nokia N97.   After some testing, I also included my thoughts on the pros and cons of each.

NDrive 3.5.18



  • 3D Maps of important landmarks
  • All input is through a on-screen keyboard so you can navigate without openning the slider


  • None (so far)

TomTom Mobile 6.01



  • Intuitive interface (IMO)


  • No touchscreen support
  • Gets stuck on some screens because of inacessible buttons
  • No spoken names of streets
  • Qwerty input does not work (have to use T9)

Sygic Mobile 7.71



  • Similar intuitive interface as TomTom


  • None (so far)

Garmin Mobile XT 5.00.50



  • 3D Maps


  • Images sometimes get cutoff in landscape mode
  • Seems a little slow in recalculating routes

Nokia Ovi Maps 3.0



  • 3D Maps of major landmarks


  • Seems to require a data connection to search point of interests

Since I’ve always been a fan of TomTom since I have my Dell Axim x51v, my personal favorite nav app on the N97 is Sygic Mobile since its a copycat of TomTom.


Dummy Nokia N97 Unboxing

July 17, 2009

So this is my unboxing of a display (dummy) Nokia N97 I posted on youtube way before the official release of the device.  I ended up getting alot of flak for posting this vid for some reason.  I don’t know what got people all ralled up about this video but I got alot of vulgar comments, many in multiple languages.  I’m thinking many thought I was passing this up as the real unboxing of an actual Nokia N97 even though the title and description clearly said display and dummy phone.  My reasoning for purchasing this was so I could get a good feel of the size, slide mechanism, and display size of the device before I decided to buy the real thing.  It wasn’t even too expensive either, less then $9 (including shipping) from ebay which is a small investment towards a $500+ phone.  I took the time to record and post the thing since I was sure alot of folks (like me) were intrigued by this phone.  I also thought it’d be kind of funny to mock the whole “unboxing” video craze.  Plus, that week I had alot of spare time on my hands.  So there you go.

Sandisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder

July 16, 2009


The Sandisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder is basically a VCR but instead of using VHS tapes it uses memory cards.  The device supports SD, SDHC, miniSDHC, microSDHC, RS-MMC, Memory Stick PRO Duo cards and can record in MP4, 3GP, and 3G2 formats up to 640 x 480 at 30 FPS.  You can plug in anything that has composite (yellow/white/red) outputs such as a DVD player, DirecTV receiver, cable box, or camera.  It has an IR emitter/receiver so it can control  your satellite/cable receiver.  In the following youtube video, I demonstrate how simple it is to record a TV show from my DirecTV straight to my microSD card which I can then directly play on my Nokia N97.

This little device is great for people like me that can’t figure out how to capture video onto their computer and encode it into a format thats playable on their mobile device.  The perfect sceneria for this device is if you want to record your favorite late night TV show and view it the next morning on the train to work.  You can program the device to record at your desired time and the next morning you just take out the memory card and watch on video on your phone on the metro.

Available at you local B&M Gamestop for only $9.99.  You can check for inventory in your area here.  I had to actually ask the Gamestop dude to check the stock room and they happened to have one in the back.

Nokia N97 Unboxing

July 15, 2009

Here a video of the unboxing of my Nokia N97.  I got in on the “price glitch” pre-order price of $507.29 including tax + shipping back in May which included a free BH-703 Bluetooth Headset.  Not a bad deal at the time.