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HERE Maps has finally arrived on Windows 8.1 devices including PC, laptops and tablets. As promised, HERE Maps for Windows 8 has the same functionality present on the Windows Phone 8 app. It allows you to search and route planning, 3D maps and complete country maps that can be downloaded for offline use.
I’ve tried to install HERE Maps on my Windows 8.1 Asus T100 Transformer Book and it works perfectly great. My book runs on Intel Atom Bay Trail processor with 2GB RAM. Though a bit under-powered compared to other laptops still the maps loaded fast and smooth. The interface is quite different from the Windows Phone version but the UI remains minimalistic as expected.
The dashboard is plain and simple. On the left pane, it gives you options such as Top Places, Eat & Drink, Going Out, Shopping, Sight & Museum and Accommodation. The options are pretty straight-forward. You can also sort the options either by rating or distance by swiping the screen from the bottom-up. When the option has expanded, you can drag the slider to the right to minimize it or drag it to far left to occupy the whole screen.
On top, you’ll get Search, Explore, Collections and Directions. Those options automatically hides when you click on the map, just simply swipe from the top to reveal the options again. The Search option lets you find any place within the map, there’s an auto suggest feature when you start typing something. When you press the Explore option, helps you explore nearby places by giving you suggestions where you can go, depending on the selection chosen from the left pane (i.e. Going Out, Shopping, etc.). Collections let your save favorite places that you found on the map so you can easily access anytime without digging through the map. And Directions lets you find places that you are not familiar with. Though it doesn’t work like HERE drive but it gives you exact directions either by car or by foot.
On the bottom right corner, there’s a green circle that finds your current location when you press it. On the top right corner, that gives you viewing options such as Map, Satellite, Traffic, Transit and Street Level. I am impressed by the loading speed when I move to places within the map even on satellite view.
The most interesting part is the Street View that works only on certain countries. It gives you the actual view of the place in panoramic view. You can pan and zoom it hassle free. To know if there’s a Street View on the map, you need to look for the blue areas and drag the Street View box on it.
HERE Maps on Windows 8.1 lets you download offline maps – which is everyone’s favorite. This lets you search places and get directions even there’s no WiFi or data available. Much needed on my Asus T100 that has no LTE feature. Just download the maps and you’re all set, though I’ve had a hard time looking for that option. I found out that you have to access the Windows 8 charms then click on Settings to reveal the ‘Download Maps’.
THE BEST MAPPING SERVICE, EVER.
I am pretty much impressed with HERE Maps on my Windows 8.1 tablet. Now, I can use my tablet when I am travelling or to find directions in case the battery on my Lumia gets empty. HERE Maps works on both touch and non-touch devices. You can set the map options and enable on-screen controls if you are using mouse and keyboard.
No doubt that this app is worth installing. HERE Maps is the best mapping service for PC, tablets and smartphones. No need to use data to get directions, just download the maps and you’re good to go. Best of all, this app is free.
Nokia Revolution recommends HERE Maps on Windows 8. To get this app, just click on this button [button url=”http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/here-maps/f8ec7f40-8a1b-4df9-8dbb-47eb30304a88” target=”self” style=”blue” size=”small”] HERE MAPS [/button] and it will launch the Windows store from your device.HERE Maps Review: The Best Mapping Service for Windows 8 HERE Maps has finally arrived on Windows 8.1 devices including PC, laptops and tablets. As promised, HERE Maps for Windows 8 has the same functionality present on the Windows Phone 8 app.
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Different folks have different strokes. Some people like those over-the-ear headphones and some don’t. I prefer in-ear headphones because it’s more convenient to use. I also don’t like wearing caps just like wearing headphones over my head. So, if you prefer an in-ear headphones and you’re on a tight budget, the Nokia Coloud Pop is the right one for you. We’ve recently posted our review on the Nokia Coloud Knock and we were impressed by it. It’s powerful and lightweight.
The Nokia Coloud Pop is the cheapest among other Coloud headphones, it is designed for people on-the-go. It fits right in your pocket and no need to hand around your neck. These headphones are smaller than Boom and Knock but you can’t underestimate the Pop. The Pop is a highly durable headphones. It has direct sound and powerful bass. It eliminates any noise around you, so you can hear the sound crisp and clear.
Now that we’ve got the Nokia Coloud Pop for testing, let’s see how it goes.
DESIGN AND BUILD
The Nokia Coloud Pop looks youthful and simple. The minimalistic design makes it more attractive and it doesn’t look cheap. The Pop comes in different colors matched with the Lumia phones including red, yellow and cyan. It’s easy and comfortable to use – thanks to the combination of the patent-pending Zound Lasso and flat cable that makes it tough and tangle-free.
The pliable plug bends 180 degrees to hold your cable in place when you aren’t using your headphones, and its angled design protects against breakage at the connection point. Just wrap the flat cable around the Zound Lasso and secure it with the pliable angled plug.
The Pop comes with a built-in microphone and music controls so you can pick up and answer calls without any hassle. You can also forward, rewind and skip your music tracks without using your phone. This makes things easier and faster.
I find the Pop very comfortable to use. The earbuds just fit in right in my ears, no need for any adjustment. It also comes with a very good packaging, to think that it doesn’t cost a lot.
BOOM BOOM BASS!
I have less expectations when I first got the Pop because its really small and inexpensive, but I was surprised when I tested it. The audio quality is clear and crisp. I played songs from Kaskade and it was really satisfactory. In fact, I can hear every details of the instruments played, which is really impressive. The bass is punchy and not garbled even the volume is set to maximum.
I’ve also tested the microphone for answering calls and the person from the other end can clearly hear my voice despite of the background noise. This is something not all headphones can do. The Pop has a ’Directional microphone’, similar to the Lumia 1520, that focuses where the subject is near and blurs any noise. Overall, the audio quality experience is more than I expected.
IS IT WORTH BUYING?
The Nokia Coloud Pop headphones are priced for only 895 PhP at Nokia stores or 28.99 USD via Amazon. The Pop is not a luxury headphone like the Beats Tour but it can give you all the things you need without paying more. With Pop, you’ll get a beautifully designed headphone that matches the color of your Lumia – you can choose between cyan, red and yellow. Pop headphones are tough - I’ve used the Beats Tour a year ago and it didn’t last. It is also light compared to other headphones plus it’s tangle-free thanks to Zound Lasso.
Best of all, the Nokia Coloud Pop is made up of 100% recyclable materials, so it’s environment-friendly.
Nokia Revolution recommends Nokia Coloud Pop headphones for your Lumia, Asha or Nokia X. It’s stylish, youthful and covered by a 6-months warranty to give you an ease of mind.
You can find more information by going to Nokia’s global site.
**Thank you Nokia Philippines for the test unit.
- Audio features: Stereo
- Frequency response: 20 – 20 000 Hz
- Speaker drivers: 9 mm
- Speaker impedance: 32 ohm
- Directional microphone: Yes
- Weight: 16 g
- Cable length: 120 cm
- AV connectors: 3.5 mm stereo headphone connector
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
Yes, life is an adventure, and for polar explorer Eric Larsen, his adventure includes journeying to reach the last great frozen places on the planet. He is one of the few adventurers who had stepped and skied in both North and South Poles; he even made it to the summit of the “third pole”, which is Mt. Everest. Now he’s back for another mission – break the current expedition speed record that was set in 2006 by a Norwegian team to cover the nearly 500-mile distance to the North Pole in less than 49 days.
Their journey had already started last Friday, March 7, as the four-person team will transverse the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to the North Pole. Just like any expedition, this one will be tough and dangerous. Freezing temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees below zero, chances of accidents due to unstable ice fields, not to mention that the quest will be unsupported and they will not receive assistance or supplies – they’ll be bringing all necessary supplies with them!
But with this expedition is a chance to see the beauty of the North Pole – something that should be captured in both photos and videos. So how will Eric do it? This is where Microsoft comes in.
Microsoft will be one of the sponsors of Eric’s latest adventure. They had provided him with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520, which he can use in giving us a quick update of his journey in Facebook and Twitter, as well as sharing the lovely sceneries in the icy world by capturing crystal clear, high quality photos and videos. The 1020 and 1520 are perfect for the job, with 41MP and 20MP PureView Cameras tried and tested to produce only the best media content that can even be match against DSLR camera shots.
Eric has also been using the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Panasonic ToughPad G1 tablets to track and train for the expedition – running on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1, respectively.
Good luck on your journey, Eric!Nokia Lumia Joins Polar Explorer Eric Larsen’s Attempt to Break North Pole Journey Record! “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”