Last night was the first time I drive in Amman with a GPS map in my car! Yipee!
In the end, it was Google who were first in providing this experience. As I mentioned in a previous post, Google Maps has, for the past few months, included a Amman map with main street names in Arabic (although it is really broken Arabic) on their desktop edition. The mobile edition always showed only national highways and no city streets.
Now that more detailed map shows up on mobiles.
So how was the experience. Pretty lousy actually.
First of all, the map image was being downloaded through and EDGE/GPRS connection. Which meant it was pixilized at certain times and could not keep up with the car.
The maps that come with Nokia phones under Nokias Map application are preloaded on the device. I tried them in Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh and they where great (especially that they had restaurants, gas stations, monuments and other points of interest). The Google map is far inferior to that.
But until the Nokia map for Amman comes out, I’ll probably use the Google map for a couple of times, in the case I get lost in one of the new neighborhoods or just to experiment.
This GPS/Mapping story in Jordan is turning into a really painful one!
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