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The E73 presents so many different options when it comes to navigation, it could get confusing. Nokia's new Ovi Maps and TeleNav's navigation services are both preloaded. Users can also choose to download Google Maps on their own if they wish. Since there are already two navigation options on board, I skipped Google Maps and stuck with what was there.

Ovi Maps was made free by Nokia early this year, and since then it has already seen one major revision. I tested it in three different states (NY, NJ, and PA). It worked really well in all three areas. In NYC, I was able to get walking directions between points A and B with no problem. The software didn't necessarily know about short cuts and other things a native New Yorker might, but a tourist would be more than pleased with what Ovi Maps offers.

As far as driving directions are concerned, Ovi Maps took me from my house in NJ to my brother's house in PA without a hitch. The spoken directions were loud and clear, and I was able to do things such as save favorite locations and check for points of interest. I wouldn't say that Ovi Maps is better or worse than any of the other navigation software I've used, but it is easy to figure out, gets the directions right, and never got me lost.

I also put TeleNav's services to the test. I've used TeleNav many times before. You can tell that TeleNav is a dedicated navigation company. Its user interface is more streamlined and easier to use when driving, and returned perfect driving directions. The one caveat, of course, is that using the TeleNav service requires an extra monthly fee.

Is TeleNav with the extra money, or should you just stick with Ovi Maps? Well, I found Ovi Maps to be better in large cities, especially for providing walking and mass transit directions. TeleNav does better in the car, if only because its user interface is a little bit easier to interact with when driving. If you walk more than drive, stick with the free Ovi Maps. If you drive more than walk, perhaps try TeleNav out for a month or two to see if it works for you.

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