GPS Phone Outwits Live Tour Guide

CNET impressed by Nokia Navigator's Barcelona knowledge
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 7:20 PM CST
President and CEO of Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo shows a new phone during a press conference at the World Mobile Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. The congress is expected to bring...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Next time you strike out for the territory, you might be better served by Nokia’s new Maps 2.0 service than by a real live tour guide. CNet’s Marguerite Reardon literally road-tested the pedestrian GPS service at a Barcelona conference, taking to the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine alleys with the new 6210 Navigator phone, a Spanish guide, and a Nokia PR rep.

Things looked bad for the techies at first, as the guide dismissed the gadget’s advice, driving the company spokesman to wit’s end. But a little trust in the device went a long way—all the way to the appointed museum destination. Reardon was accordingly impressed, but she does conclude that the gizmo’s $400 price tag might be a little unreasonable for everyone but the truly spatially challenged.