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Amazon Adding Nokia Mapping Service on Kindle Fire 2

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September 1, 2012 10:33:35 PM

If there was going to be a built-in GPS with mapping functionality I would seriously consider upgrading from my current Kindle Fire. However, depends on battery life. Battery life is okay but nothing spectacular with the Fire, so it would have to be better on the second which probably wouldn't really happen.
September 2, 2012 4:16:14 AM

KelavarusIf there was going to be a built-in GPS with mapping functionality I would seriously consider upgrading from my current Kindle Fire. However, depends on battery life. Battery life is okay but nothing spectacular with the Fire, so it would have to be better on the second which probably wouldn't really happen.
So you're going to wander around using the GPS while away from a power source? If you're doing a lot of outdoors wandering, there are specialized devices for that, or heck, external battery packs. Solar and crank chargers even. Bring one of those with you.

But most people fire up GPS when they're in the car, at that point you've got external power from the vehicle.
September 2, 2012 1:31:52 PM

dunno why they bother with gps on tablets, i never use it or the camera on the back since it makes me look like a midget holding a iphone. though i will consider getten the new kindle if they bump up the storage space or add a sd card slot (not micro >.
September 2, 2012 4:06:39 PM

"dunno why they bother with gps on tablets"

Useful for Business people, travelers...

September 2, 2012 11:16:39 PM

@freggo

I use my mobile for that and looks more discreat instead of walking around with a dinner plate in your hand.

I managed to get around new Zealand fine with just my iPhone.
September 3, 2012 3:11:58 AM

Apologies for missing this, but with the Nokia/MS alliance happening with windows phone, isn't Bing maps the preferred client there? how did Nokia get in the situation where their own maps aren't loaded on their own phones? Or do they have both loaded (one for maps one for turn by turn Nav?)
September 3, 2012 3:46:49 AM

jaksun5Apologies for missing this, but with the Nokia/MS alliance happening with windows phone, isn't Bing maps the preferred client there? how did Nokia get in the situation where their own maps aren't loaded on their own phones? Or do they have both loaded (one for maps one for turn by turn Nav?)

The lumia series, while its not preloaded, its avalable free from the special nokia marketplace. (at least on ATT, which i suspect is to trick people into using their paid service). There is the nokia drive, and nokia maps. I use bing on my lumia 900 most of the time, but if I just need a map i open the nokia app. It doesnt use any data since the map is saved to the phone.
September 3, 2012 5:15:00 AM

Do you happen to know if the Bing maps offers turn by turn nav?

My HP touchpad is using Bing now (even though I'm pretty sure it originally shipped with google maps) and I've found it to be a bit annoying, the map is nice and clear but it doesn't load very quick and is a bit buggy, although that is probably down to the lack of dev for the touchpad version.

Nokia maps is fantastic from the days of the old 6210 Navigator and n95 (except for the stingy part with the latter when they kept it pay as you use while the later phones had it free, that was extremely tight arse, and you'd think they would have made the older phones free so they could capitalise on the good will...
September 3, 2012 10:42:01 AM

azz156@freggoI use my mobile for that and looks more discreat instead of walking around with a dinner plate in your hand.I managed to get around new Zealand fine with just my iPhone.


Well, I use only a simple Samsung flip phone :-)
No GPS, no anything but phone and a basic phone book.
Will upgrade to a smart phone once the dust settles on the Apple/Samsung situation (i.e. what will be banned etc.) and then get a nice Samsung smart phone.


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