When it comes to dedicated GPS devices, there are loads to choose from. But talk about mobile phones that function as a dedicated GPS device, and the Nokia 6210 Navigator should come to mind. As the second in its Navigator series (the first of which was its predecessor, the Nokia 6110 Navigator), Nokia has gone all out in both their hardware and services lineup this year. Integrating its latest Nokia Maps 2.0 with six months of free navigation license on the 6210 Navigator, we were given an on-site demonstration of its navigation capabilities during its inauguration on the 23rd of July at the Cicada.
For those of you who have followed through with our First Looks of the 6210 Navigator, you'll probably be familiar with its specifications and our views on this navigation device. Nonetheless, here's a little refresher on the 6210 Navigator.
The 6210 Navigator, as its name implies, will have its main focus on its GPS functionality. Utilizing Nokia Maps 2.0, we had another go at its GPS features. And it definitely got us pleasantly surprised. Being the adventurous people that we are, we've decided to utilize the 6210 Navigator from our labs and made full use of its Walk mode to reach our destination. Granted, it was a grueling 25 minute walk (and frankly, we deserved it, thinking the Cicada was within walking distance since it's on Portsdown Road, one street off our office), but as expected, under a clear blue sky, satellite lock was fast and swift under 20 seconds with the help of its A-GPS connection.
While accelerometers are a common enough feature on recent phones, the practical usage of it hasn't been fully explored till we had a look at the 6210 Navigator's integrated compass that utilizes the accelerometer function. Imagine if you were navigating via Walk mode, and getting slightly disoriented with the surrounding landmarks. The purposes of the compass becomes evident, as it'll detect your current orientation, and refresh your map according to your heading, thus giving you a clearer picture of your current location.