Is Nokia Drive still coming to non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices?

Is Nokia Drive still coming to non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices?Back in June, Nokia suggested that all Windows Phone 8 devices would come with Nokia Drive baked in.

However, Nokia Drive seems to have gone AWOL on the Windows Phone 8-rockin’ HTC 8X, and the whole thing sounds a tad up in the air.

It was Pocket-lint who realised Nokia Drive was in fact absent from their HTC 8X, despite the promises made by Nokia back in summer.

Team Pocketronic contacted Nokia for clarification, preferably some sort of definitive device list, but they were told only that the Finnish manufacturer would have more information “in the coming days”. Hmm.

As such there’s a bit of a question mark over Nokia Drive for the non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 line-up, namely the HTC 8X and 8S, and the Samsung ATIV S.

One theory is that it’ll be up to individual Windows Phone 8 manufacturers whether or not to include Nokia Drive.

Alternatively, it might be available as a paid addition, giving the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem a wee boost, but allowing Nokia to maintain a cheeky advantage over its fellow OEMs.

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Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:33

Yeah I wondered about the sat nav aspect when Paul on Modaco only mentioned the 8x having nokia maps.
http://www.modaco.com/page/news/_/windowsphone/first-impressions-of-the-windows-phone-8x-by-htc-r866

Mind you from memory even when Nokia wrote about nokia drive they only said it was available to other oems not that it was obligatory.

Not sure why pocketronic didn't ask htc as it's their device...

Nokia will need every advantage if the 820 really is priced at £380, the htc 8x at £380 and the htc 8s at £220-230. It is a better phone than the 8s but not that much better...

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:53

As an aside doesn't it look like the south bank centre is a slight distance and across the railway from where Nokia drive leaves you?

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 17:15

satchef1  Nov. 1, 2012 at 20:02

Nokia will need every advantage if the 820 really is priced at £380, the htc 8x at £380 and the htc 8s at £220-230. It is a better phone than the 8s but not that much better...

Spec isn't that far off the 8X, but I think we've been through this before. The 8X has a higher res screen, the 820 has super-sensitive touch, expandable storage and Nokia Drive. It will be interesting to see what reviewers make of the cameras and screens, because I'm stumped for choosing between them.

Measuring the 820 against the 8S, there's no contest at all. They share the same screen resolution, but that's it. In every other regard, the 820 is the higher spec device. That said, if the 8S had a front camera, I'd probably bite at that price.

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 21:48

Nokia drive is still in question. But no way I'd consider more sensitive touch screen (had forgotten that wasn't 920 only) as equal to higher res. On the topic of screen quality

Our one major gripe about the 820 is its screen. Sure, it's not the worst panel on the planet, but we've come to expect better from Nokia. The WVGA resolution puts it a full generation behind its competitors and there's no fancy tech at work here -- like Super AMOLED or IPS -- to help smooth its rough edges. Sure, the straight lines and flat colors of Windows Phone make it easier to hide the displays shortcomings. But, when placed next to its big brother, the Lumia 920, they become immediately apparent. Thankfully contrast and brightness are slightly above par for a budget handset.

They ought to be as it's sure not a budget handset... which they later remember

Ultimately, the 820 feels and looks exactly like what it is -- a midrange handset. There's no shame in that and the software flies already. Still, it's hard to dismiss the somewhat lackluster specs and the unfortunate new design direction. Then again, maybe you'll be able to pick up this little **** for free on contract, and that would make it one of the best deals on the market.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/nokia-lumia-820-hands-on/

satchef1  Nov. 1, 2012 at 23:09

...that's why personally I haven't decided yet. The Nokia Drive situation is still unclear and I'd like a chance to see both devices myself and make my mind up. The 820's screen is the same one found in the 900, which was classed as a pretty good screen (and one of the + points of the handset) all of six months ago. It might pale in comparison to the 920, but then the 920's screen has been referred to as the best on the market in several reviews. Is the 820's screen a bit naff, or is it a case of putting Charlotte Church next to Cheryl Cole and asking which one you'd prefer to boing?

Incidentally, I did really like the 8X I had a play with. Given it's available on Three and the Nokia handsets aren't, there's a good chance I'll end up with one. All depends on what's going on with Vodafone "We've not finalised our Windows Phone 8 plans and have nothing to announce at this time."

Pondlife  Nov. 2, 2012 at 00:34

Odd if it's the same as the 900 as they really don't seem impressed. oO First bit didn't suggest they were only comparing with the 920
Guess lower quality wouldn't show much on the tiles screen but would be more apparent in apps and especially pics and videos. Not that taken with either but definitely not Cheryl btw fwiw.

Only saw the £380 price on o2 for the 8x what were three charging? Sounds like vodafone want others to take the risk or they wanted the 920 exclusive and are now sulking ;)

Almost 2 Nexus 4 to the 920 is quite something though.

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