Since its date of launch in February 25, 2005, Google Maps has grown tremendously; starting from a C++ program to a fully functional app with well-designed satellite interface has been providing accurate search results of local business locations, contact information, and step-by-step directions.
In September 19, 2012, Apple came out with a new mapping interface as an attempt to emulate Google Maps. Apple Maps, as it was called, was first introduced in the market along the new iOS6 and iPhone5. Although noted for its breakthrough stunning 3D graphics, it is still receiving mixed reviews and comments.
Early Apple Maps at Work
Users of the new iOS6 and the iPhone5 were disgruntled with the coupled app Apple Maps when they realized that places were listed incorrectly, some were missing and that it advised wrong directions. In turn, this translated to an overall negative experience.
However, it also possessed some remarkable features. The interface is beautifully designed from the worm’s eye to the Flyover view with crisp graphics using a vector based program. Spoken turn-by-turn directions help the user navigate comfortably without having to keep looking back at the screen. This app with Siri also offers real-time traffic information helpful to get to your destination in the quickest way possible. Furthermore, you can search for addresses, business listings, phone numbers, and even websites.
While Apple boasts their eye for aesthetic with this app, it definitely falls short of serving its primary function. In fact, only several hours after its release, downpours of complaints were reported. The developers neglected the functionality of the app and chose to focus on its innovative 3D graphic feature but even then, glitches and bugs were found. As a measure to remedy this mishap, Apple recommended usage of alternative apps like Bing, MapQuest, or Waze.
Apple partnered with TomTom — a Dutch manufacturer navigation systems in Europe — who were eager to help resolve these issues. “We stand by the quality of our maps,” was a public statement by Apple Vice President Caroline Fisher inferring the encouragement of continued usage of Apple Maps. Continued use will beget more consumer insight rolling over to the probable improvement of the app’s quality over time.
Google Maps Giving You the Edge
The people’s choice of online navigation Google Maps, as far as mapping applications go, offers the most reliable experience. It’s known for its precision in giving directions and its accuracy of data collected over a significant number of years. All information is provided in detail like traffic, terrain, road lines, and even satellite images. When passing through a route, entries related to points of interest nearby are plotted on the map.
The zoom and pan functions are handy. More detailed information is shown as you zoom in. A ground-level view from the driver’s perspective is also available.
Google Maps is an indispensable tool for most travelers The directions provided are compatible with any method of travel. Whether travelling by foot, motorcycle or car, you’ll get the most accurate directions each turn you make. Another good thing about it is its availability offline.
There is no contest here.
In terms of reliability, accuracy, and speed, Google Maps stands strong over the newcomer Apple Maps. Until Apple redeems itself, Google still keeps its crown as the best in mapping services.
On another note, majority of Apple users said they would rather stick to iOS 5 until the mapping application improves or until Google Maps is available on iOS6.
About the Author:
Allie Cooper is a young upcoming writer, a certified gamer known for weaving in her indelible wit into tech and game reviews, and writes about O2, tech companies, from UK and internet start-ups to bigger businesses.