Google is not the only company trying to move its services from mobile native apps to mobile web apps. GigaOm’s Kevin C. Tofel used Nokia’s updated web-based mapping service and gave it a thumbs up for features while noting its limitations in saving offline maps due to the large size of the data involved.

Nokia Maps plus HTML5 equals offline mobile maps

I pointed the iPad 2′s Safari mobile browser and Nokia’s mobile web map and concur with Kevin’s opinons. While the maps and satellite images seem to take a bit longer to pull down than Google Maps, the map and imagery quality is very good. It is, however, Euro-centric with British spelling used and routing requests defaulting to Berlin as the origination point.

http://m.maps.nokia.com/

One big irony of Nokia Maps for the mobile web is that it does not work with its new main phone platform – Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). You can see The error message in the screenshot saying: Our Nokia Maps has not been optimized for your device, but if you click here you can access ourplaces search service.