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Nokia is a Finnish (headquartered in Espoo near Helsinki) telecommunication company, well known for their mobile phones. Since the aquisition of Navteq in 2008 Nokia also entered the GIS business.

Nokia Smartphones

Nokia E90 running Sports Tracker Application

The Nokia N95, N79, N810, E71, E72, E90, 5330 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6220 Classic & 6110 (among others) have built-in GPS unit. It's useful have an up-to-date version of the Nokia software that uses AGPS to substantially speed up start up times (without the update, every time the GPS gets activated, it needed to perform a 'cold start' and download full almanac data from the satellites, which took several minutes).

According to Nokia, on the N95 you get the best reception by sliding the keypad out, then holding the phone upsidedown, so that the numeric keypad is at the top, and has a clear view of the sky. However, once the phone has a GPS lock, it's fairly good about holding it when you close the keypad, and hold the phone.

At least all Nokia smartphones based on Symbian S60 3th or 5th edition phones will communicate with external GPS devices using Bluetooth.

There are many free alternatives for capturing GPS tracks. You can also geotag photos taken using these phones using Nokia's free Location tagger software.

Nokia Sportstracker

Download Sports Tracker, a free GPS tracking program from Nokia research labs. It allows to record a trip and export it to GPX directly. The software page says it is compatible with the following phones: N71, N73, N75, N76, N79, N80, N80ie, N91, N92, N93, N93i, N95, E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, E72 (verified v4.22), E90, 3250, 5500 Sport (only v2.06 b), 6290, 6110 Navigator, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic.

To start recording, select New Workout, and then when you have a satellite fix, press Start. At the end press Options > Stop.

To save a route, select Training Diary, select the date, open the workout, then Options > Save workout > Export as GPX.

TTGPSLogger

You can download TTGPSLogger, a GPS logger software for Symbian S60 3rd Edition(FP1, FP2) and 5th Edition. The GPS tracking log can be written in NMEA, GPX, or KML format by using Built-in GPS or Bluetooth GPS.

It is necessary to sign TTGPSLogger before installing it. Please read the documentation for details.


5230

The 5230 is a touch-screen handset with build-in GPS reciever.

GPS unit: Nokia 5230

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


5800 XpressMusic

GPS unit: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


6220 Classic

GPS unit: Nokia 6220 Classic

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


6730 Classic

GPS unit: Nokia 6730 Classic

Addresses POIs
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E71

This Symbian S60 3rd based smartphone has an integrated GPS receiver which I used with WhereamI. The good thing is that it can be used as portable integrated mapping solution e.g. with ADnota Geotag besides WherAmI. But if you don't already hav it, I would recommend you to buy a SirfIII based usb mouse or a garmin, if you have the money. Why? First, the navigation key of the Nokia is cheaply glued to a 1 mm wireframe. so at least my nokia breaks after some hours of heavy use while mapping. Second, the chipset is not an SirfII as listed above, because I had an SirfII based USB mouse before and it was approx. <2 m off compared to my Garmin 60CSx which is mostly +/- 1m. The Nokia E71 was off 5m mostly under with good reception. This means when I drove along a street by bike, with my old SirfII the track was in the middle of the Street, while with the E71 it scratches the building blocks beside the street.

E72

GPS unit: Nokia E72

  • Website: http://www.developer.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/E72/
  • phone (Navigation: routing)
  • CPU:600 MHz AMR 11 processor (OS: Symbian OS 9.3), Flash:16 GB (external: microSD)
  • GPS: 12 channels, ( AGPS; WAAS; EGNOS, )
  • Display: color, Connectivity: wlan; usb; bluethooth
  • Internal: mic; speaker; digicam; acceler; lightsens Batteries: internal Nokia BP-4L battery
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Notes:

  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • Recording tracks on the built-in GPS: 15 h; external GPS: 20 h.


N9

N9

GPS unit: Nokia N9

  • 450€
  • Website: http://www.developer.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/N9/
  • phone (Navigation: routing)
  • CPU:1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 SoC processor; TI OMAP3630 (OS: MeeGo 1.2 „Harmattan“), Flash:16/64GB (external: no)
  • GPS: channels, ( AGPS, )
  • Display: color, Connectivity: wlan; usb; bluethooth
  • Internal: compass; mic; speaker; digicam Batteries: internal Nokia BV-5JW battery
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Pros:

  • Open source


N80

Symbian OS, works with screenreader talks.

OSM-Users:

N95

GPS unit: Nokia N95

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof

Pros:

  • In good conditions quite consistent position and tracks (in opened configuration without anything blocking the receiver that resides underneath the number keys)
  • Produces OK tracks when using greater than walking speed (car, bus, bike, etc.), even within city areas with high buildings if traffic-lights won't stop you.

Cons:

  • Tends to "undershoot" on curves and requires tens of seconds to recover to the actual track (could have some stupid position correctioning instead of providing "raw" data). If possible, taking corners from both directions help to find the middle spot (I'm thinking of some way to auto-correct this phenomena -ij).
  • Does not recover very soon from accumulated mis-position after a leg with bad quality.
  • Inside of trains, I've had no luck in getting fix, get one before entering one (probably applies to busses too but I don't have enough data to say for sure as I always get the fixes before-hand nowadays).
  • Walking speeds produce great wandering here and there, especially bad if something blocking or giving multi-path effects (much worse than with higher speed).
  • Height readings are utter garbage, at least here in north.


N800

The predecessor to the N810, this device deosn't have a GPS. But used with a bluetooth GPS, you can get to use pretty much the same combination of software as the N810. The advantage is the much lower cost.

N810

Nokia N810 with bluetooth headset, adapted mounting bracket, and external battery pack
N810

GPS unit: Nokia N810

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes:

  • QWERTY Keyboard


Nokia N810 is sold as an "Internet Tablet". It is a pocket size Linux computer with a built-in GPS, wlan and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, sound in/out, a not very useful camera, tiny but very functional keyboard, and a much higher resolution (touch screen) display than e.g. the Apple iPod Touch which is probably the main competitor (though not in our field because that doesn't have a GPS). It's 13×7×1.5 cm approx and comes with a car bracket (which can be adapted for bike handlebar mounting with some ingenuity). Note it *doesn't* include a mobile phone (though you connect through one using Bluetooth). As well as the 2 GB solid state disk, there is a miniSD card which makes storage expandable. You would be hard put to fill 8 GB of card with tracks, but voice notes run at about 60 MiB per hour.

It's comparatively expensive a solution, though no doubt second hand ones will start coming on the market in due course. However, if you are using audio notes (recommended, see below), the device can record these for you as well, so you don't need a separate dictaphone.

The use of the GPS is highly dependent on which software is used. At the moment, OSM mappers will want to install Maemo mapper. This records and displays tracks over a map background which is OSM's Mapnik by default. Unless started in the same place as it was previously stopped, the GPS/Mapper takes quite a long to to get a fix, but once it has it is nicely dense and apparently pretty reliable (though is just as vulnerable to woodland and tall buildings as other GPSs).

I (David.earl) have found a very efficient way to use it is with a Bluetooth headset (with the microphone covered with a bit of washing up sponge to suppress wind noise) to record continuous audio, and an adapted version of Maemo Mapper which provides for a single touch anywhere on the screen to make auto-numbered waypoints (so I can use gloves - essential on a bike in winter). The absence of wires is a big plus.

The battery life can be a problem. It is about 4.2 hours with the display on continuously (presumably this will degrade as the battery ages). Obviously you could carry a spare battery, but I bought a cheap AA battery cage which means I can power it on external rechargable NiMH batteries if the built in one runs out. 4 hours of urban mapping at one go is quite a long session anyway through.

On the whole it has been pretty reliable, but it has crashed once on me while surveying and meant I lost an hour's worth of tracks (I think I might modify Maemo Mapper to do a periodic autosave, but in the meantime frequent saves are recommended).

I don't think you'd necessarily buy this just for mapping, but if you want a mobile browser, media player, note taker, navigator, PDA etc, this could be a good solution for you. I certainly like it.

Footnote: Maemo Mapper currently seems to have a track limit of about 5 MiB in a single track. (AC7SS)

N900

GPS unit: Nokia N900

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes:

  • QWERTY Keyboard


Maemo (Linux) smartphone with built-in GPS. Supports A-GPS. It has an OSM editor - OSM2GO. Not so great battery life when GPS is enabled (about 6 hours - depends on applications running (CPU utilization)).

Several free applications can record GPS tracks: GPS Recorder, Maep, OSM2Go, GPS Jini. OSM2GO records tracks, and provides export to GPX format. It has somewhat limited funcitionality, compared to potlach, but it's good enough to not use PC at all for some basic work.

GPS is quite accurate, but there is some design problem - in normal position (screen up) GPS antenna face ground receiving reflected signals.

It has also quite good camera (pictures, and SD quality movies - with automatic geotagging).

LD-1W

GPS unit: Nokia LD-1W

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes: discontinued


LD-3W

GPS unit: Nokia LD-3w

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes: The SiRF chipset is by default in "static navigation" mode, so doing mapping at anything under highway speeds will be a bit of a pain without changing the setting. Also by default is WAAS/EGNOS switched off. It is possible to change both settings, but after battery change or completly discharge module will fall to default.


LD-4W

LD-4W

GPS unit: Nokia LD-4W

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof