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Getting around with Here Maps (pictures)

Nokia's mapping app Here Maps helps you get navigate online and off-.

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Sarah Mitroff
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Current location

Here Maps from Nokia gives you global maps, directions, satellite maps, and transit information. The main screen of the app shows your current location as a pin on the map.

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Compass

If your phone has a compass, you can tap the location button in the lower left-hand corner of the app to activate the compass mode in Here Maps. Then the map will rotate to match the compass, meaning if you point the top of your phone due west, the map will point west as well.

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3D maps

Here Maps shows major buildings in 3D on the regular map view. Above is the famous Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

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Public transporation

You can see public transporation routes and lines in the transit map. In San Francisco, only the underground subways and cable car lines were visible -- there were no bus routes.

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Satellite view

Another map view shows satellite images. I had issues with the satellite map loading in places, even over Wi-Fi. Some parts of the map would stay blurry for several seconds before they loaded, and other images never loaded at all.

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Search

You can search by keyword or address to get directions or just explore what's around you. Tap the arrow icon on any pin to pull up directions in the app.

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Directions

When the app loads directions, it will show the route on a map. Just swipe up from this screen to get the turn-by-turn directions.

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LiveSight

Here Maps has an augmented-reality feature called LiveSight. The app shows nearby points of interest over your camera's viewfinder, and as you move your phone, more places appear.

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