Hands on with Nokia's Here Maps for iOS
Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:26 PM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:01 PM
Here may be great for someone, but for me, it doesn't meet the standard set by Apple's Maps. If Google Maps fully worked in iOS it might be the king, but it had been hobbled by Google to not compete with Android or the web version so it too falls short. Without vector graphics and turn by turn directions the old Google Maps for iOS is a non starter against more modern apps. Maybe next time.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:05 PM
Meanwhile, Apple maps is absolutely brilliant here and has a significant amount of data built in for POI, key buildings, side streets, restaurants, hotels, etc. It also has all names in Chinese characters and pinyin which is critical for foreigners to be able to get around if you don't speak or read the language, especially when asking for directions or taking taxis.
Great job Apple. Nokia, not at all.
This app is "Here"-by deleted.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:50 PM
In the meantime, I'll download the Nokia app and test it out.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:48 PM
The main problem here is the expectation that Apple should somehow produce perfection in everything they do. I think they come as close to that ideal as any company in the world, but you can't bat 1,000 every single day. Can't happen. But if you measure them against real-world criteria, like, for instance, the performance of their competition, you discover that at worst they are as good as everybody else on their first try, and they never stop improving their product.
Everyone should proceed with the caveat that mapping the road network of the known world, and then optimizing route instructions, is a non-trivial pursuit. It takes lots of information points and sophisticated crunching. It is remarkable how well these programs work at present, and they will only get better. And when they do, I suspect that Apple Maps will be at the top of the heap.