Nokia 330

GPS in the mainstream

Nokia has embarked on the market for car navigators. Need Garmin, our site and Magellan worry? We have the answer.

Nokia’s first complete navigator or PND-Personal Navigation Device-was presented last fall and have now started to appear in the shops. A quick look at the specifications suggest that Nokia invested in secure cards. The maps comes from Navteq-same source such as Garmin uses. The GPS receiver has SirfIII-chipsets, also something of a standard in the industry.

Nokia 330 is a pretty ordinary looks. The material is matte black plastic with gray accents and it feels like a well hopskruvad device which can be expected to withstand a few years of daily use. In the box is a DVD with map material, but the maps are already installed on the memory card, so all that is needed is a little over 30 seconds a clear view of the satellites and the Nokia 330 is ready to show you the way. The touch screen has qvga resolution and brightness is enough well even when the Sun is strong.

The software in the Navigator will from Route 66. Dutch Route 66 has long developed navigation software for PDAs and smartphones, but now the emphasis is therefore on the PND segment along with Nokia and with his own Chicago series. The interface is recognized from the PDA version of Route 66 and there are good opportunities to customize the display according to your preferences. It is possible to move the different data fields and 3D perspective in the map screen is adjustable. The navigation works well and map material seems reasonably fresh. At some road construction has been completed in close to a year contained the Navigator still the old route, but overall, the map material clearly approved. The Navigator also contains a database of the country’s speed cameras. It tallied well agree with reality on the roads I test drove, but unfortunately not in the direction of the cameras monitoring or speed limits. To search for addresses and places is easy. A tap on the screen opens the menu and there is the possibility to search freely, see nearby places or reuse addresses from history. There is also the ability to save favorite locations. The spoken instructions come with good timing and just the right often. Sentence building may not always be the best, but the information is presented. The voice speaks the distance and directions, but there is no speech synthesizer that is able to read the names of towns and roads. The sound is good and there is a 3.5-millimeternsuttag for those who want to plug in headphones or connect your navigation device to your car stereo. Nokia 330 can also function as a media player and play the mp3 music or videos from the memory card.

The software in the Nokia 330 supports TMC and dynamic route guidance so that you can get help to avoid accidents, traffic jams and road works. The function requires a special RDS TMC receiver that you can order directly from Nokia for about 190 SEK including shipping. In smartphone and PDA versions of Route 66 is loaded via GPRS data traffic down a smart integration between mobile and navigator. It is surprising that Nokia has completely refrained from using their unique opportunities to connect mobile and navigator. For example, Our site, Magellan and Garmin navigators that can communicate with your phone via bluetooth to retrieve addresses from the phone book or let the Navigator work as hands-free. Such features are missing and unfortunately that Nokia 330 has no direct advantages over their cheaper competitors.

Brackets and wires do not have the same quality feel of the device itself. There are many points on which Nokia’s engineers can improve for the next generation. I had the opportunity to use the Nokia 330 in some different car models and it turned out that the 12V-plug easy fall out in cars where the Jack is sitting in a vertical panel while it stays if Jack is sitting so that gravity can help keep it in place. The holder is mounted on a sugproppsförsedd gooseneck and the material is black plastic. Some navigators have built-in connector for the power supply in the holder so that the device only needs to be put in place to connect, but Nokia has chosen a plain, round power connector that must be pressed after the Navigator is attached to the holder. Unfortunately does not fit any of the Nokia mobile charger to the Navigator. The printed manual is a sad story. With the exception of the cover lacks the brand images and is not even specially written for the Nokia 330 but contains many references to Windows Mobile and Series 60 versions of Route 66. It feels churlish.

Nokia has made themselves known for good interface, advanced software, and, not least, smart design on their mobile phones and it is strange-not least from a brand perspective-that the heritage is not in their first navigator. Nokia 330 feels more like a product from a different manufacturer that ended up in a Nokia-cardboard.


In the same price range, see Route 66 Chicago 9000 with the same software in the Nokia 330, but in addition, the built-in TMC receiver and a larger and more high-res screen. Mio C710 is a couple hundred cheaper and also sold with built-in TMC.


User friendly. Good GPS reception.


Expensive. No bluetooth functions.

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Formats and fäste5







119 x 83 x 24


205 g


65000 colors, 320 x 240 pixel TFT touchscreen




Accessories. 190 kr.


64 MB internal + 2 GB SD card with maps (Europe)


Comes with suction bracket (gooseneck), 2 GB SD card, DVD with maps, and 12V cable