Nokia Maps was released as a web app last week. Devices with HTML5 browsers can use it. That means iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS4 or Android phones with Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 – it works on almost any mobile browser! And the experience on an iPhone is pretty good.
There’s live traffic, satellite views and all the journey routing you’d expect. Places pull guide data from TripAdvisor and WCities as well as reviews from other visitors.
You can share places directly to Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail or text message, and even though it’s working through Safari, rather than as a native app, Nokia Maps for mobile web is speedy. It uses location sensing to show your current location, and all the points of interest around you, and there are a few nice touches, such as being able to press and hold at any point to perform actions on a location.
There’s even a “public transport view” which shows train and tube routes, along with the correct line colour for the London Underground, overlaid on top of standard streets and buildings.
You can try it out yourself now, simply by pointing a mobile browser at m.maps.nokia.com. Nokia says it’ll work with iOS 4.3 and above, as well as Android 2.2 and Android 2.3. It’ll also work with Blackberry 6.0 and above, although Nokia notes that it’s “experimental” at the moment. We’re guessing that means “buggy”.