Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:53 AM   #76
johngordon
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by WhySoSerious View Post
Y'all can moan and whine about maps, but I actually think Apple maps are BETTER than Nokia AND Google.
Its frustrating because if Apple Maps had:

1. Decent POI data, and
2. Correctly coloured road classifications

It would be fantastic.

(Others may want to add to that list, but they're the two real deal breakers for me.)
johngordon is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:55 AM   #77
skeleb
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by beebler View Post
It's so bad, makes Apple's maps look like Google's. It has virtually no information in Japan. Few streets, no shops. It's basically blank! Someone's getting fired.
Wow, the details in Japan really are horrible. Finland looks very nice though.
__________________
Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro 13" 2.4/8GB/256GB, iPhone 4, iPad Mini 32GB WiFi
skeleb is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:57 AM   #78
kirky29
macrumors 65816
 
kirky29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Lincolnshire, England
Send a message via Yahoo to kirky29 Send a message via Skype™ to kirky29
Wow...I didn't think you could get much worse than Apple maps!

The Apple maps actually has the best updated photo though.
The Nokia map is very dark and outdated and insanely poor quality when you zoom in a little further!
Google maps definitely has the best quality but is a little out of date.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7317.PNG
Views:	16
Size:	1.48 MB
ID:	378600   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7319.PNG
Views:	14
Size:	594.7 KB
ID:	378602   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7318.PNG
Views:	12
Size:	659.6 KB
ID:	378604  

__________________
27" iMac, 15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz i7 2011, iPhone 5 16GB - iPad 1/2/3/Mini - 24" Cinema Display,
Apple Magic Mouse, Trackpad, Time Machine, Apple TV,
| Check out my flickr |
kirky29 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:00 AM   #79
rorschach
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Really awful. It's showing me POIs in my neighborhood that have been closed for 10 years and not showing ones that should be there. Maps are blurry, the interface is very sluggish

Apple and Google Maps are both far better.
__________________
MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012), iPhone 6
rorschach is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:02 AM   #80
ateslik
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by PDFierro View Post
I'm actually moving to LA soon and will rely on public transit.
This is a major mistake. Don't do this to yourself.

People love to hate Los Angeles, but its actually a really great city if you live within 5 miles from work and own transportation. Living close changes your life - the 405 becomes a non-issue - and you will be dramatically happier as a result. Owning your own transportation allows you to take advantage of all the great things this city has to offer on the weekends.

No app is going to fix the disfunctional public transportation system here.
__________________
ateslik is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:05 AM   #81
pedro7
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
This is actually the only usable mapping solution in my country so far. Neither Apple Maps nor Google Maps have any support for navigation in Iceland, but this Nokia apps does. Nice! I will give this a try tonight on my drive home.
pedro7 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:06 AM   #82
Reason077
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by jawatkin View Post
Leaving out which Subway lines run through which stations in NYC is such a glaring omission, I was certain that the info would be added before iOS6 was officially launched...
Somewhere, deep in a lab in Cupertino, developers are right now cooking all this stuff up ready for iOS 7
Reason077 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:07 AM   #83
justperry
macrumors 603
 
justperry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: 7 Km South of an active upside down (boat) volcano.
Quote:
Originally Posted by walnuts View Post
First of all, I tried to go to an address along Broadway in Manhattan. I typed in [XXX] Broadway NYC.
I didn't know brothels where on the map.
justperry is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:12 AM   #84
PDFierro
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by ateslik View Post
This is a major mistake. Don't do this to yourself.

People love to hate Los Angeles, but its actually a really great city if you live within 5 miles from work and own transportation. Living close changes your life - the 405 becomes a non-issue - and you will be dramatically happier as a result. Owning your own transportation allows you to take advantage of all the great things this city has to offer on the weekends.

No app is going to fix the disfunctional public transportation system here.
I completely disagree. And while I don't want to run a debate here in this thread, people overstate the need for a car in LA. And before you ask, yes I've been to LA. And getting a car at this point and time is entirely not an option for me.
PDFierro is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:13 AM   #85
WillFisher
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Just been doing a test of it, checking where things are etc.
Apple have more correct locations around me than Nokia, however Apple don't have my own home address whereas Nokia do, yet the maps themselves I think look awful.
Highly disappointed, been looking forward to this for a while now, several of my friends have Lumia's and they say their maps are awesome. Letdown I think.
__________________
2013 MBA, i5/256/8 with a Samsung Display
2011 Mac Mini 2.3GHz i5, Focusrite 2i2, White Audioengine A2, Blue Snowball Mic

iToys: White iPhone 5, White iPad 3, ATV3, Time Capsule, Airport Express.
WillFisher is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:18 AM   #86
TallManNY
macrumors 68020
 
TallManNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by walnuts View Post
I am from the NYC region, and I tested the transit function. It was not good in two ways. First of all, I tried to go to an address along Broadway in Manhattan. I typed in [XXX] Broadway NYC. It suggested several places in the boros, but not Manhattan. Even after including the zip code, it did not have the Manhattan address. It was not until I typed the full address with the word "Manhattan" that it found the correct Manhattan address. Google likely would have assumed Manhattan off the bat from NYC, or at least offered it as the most likely choice (but certainly not found it).

Secondly, once putting in the address, it correctly amalgamated railroad and subway directions, but gave no time information whatsoever. It directed me to a LIRR train, but nowhere did it say what time the train departed. Furthermore, there were no additional time options or the ability to select a departure time (planning your trip for later).

That being said, Apple maps couldn't find a Bally's Fitness down the block when I was in Manhattan. The google web app found it correctly.

Its unfortunate, but it seems as though we let google create a monopoly. Everybody can complain about the apps as much as they want, but it isn't a matter of software engineering- its years worth of raw data entry and reduction of massive data sets into a single, compatible format. Apple could and did create a great interface for a lacking data set. It looks like Nokia's data set isn't so good either. Will it take years to gather the data Google did? (It took Google years...) Sigh, whenever the Google app comes out, I'll have to get it.
I'm also in NYC and I think the key point is that it does do mass transit. It actually suggested a different way home from work for me today (using a bus that I don't normally take). Which I may try at some point. It has some potential and when used on blazing fast wifi at work, it loads quickly. It won't compare to Apple Maps on speed when I'm out and about, so I don't know how often I would use this. But I may use the live traffic as a comparison to Apple's traffic when I'm in a hurry.

Nice to have another free option.
__________________
Mid-2011 3.1GHz i5 iMac (6970m); HP Spectre (Win 8.1)
BBRY Q10; iPhone 6; iPad Mini-R
Apple Stockholder (a nice dividend, stock buybacks and cutting edge innovation? yes please!)
TallManNY is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:19 AM   #87
cal6n
macrumors 68000
 
cal6n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brighton, UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by PDFierro View Post
<snip>

Should definitely be a good solution for people like me who need transit directions.

<snip>
Maybe it should be, but it isn't. Quite simply does not work in Brighton.
__________________
Is your internet experience tainted by trolls, shills, bigots & fools?
Select "User CP" > "Edit Ignore List" > Add [username] to Your Ignore List > Save List
Every little helps.
cal6n is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:20 AM   #88
Berserker-UK
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Berkshire, UK
Looks promising but lacks transit for my city, so I'll continue to bide my time until a suitable alternative for iOS5 Google Maps arrives.
__________________
2006-era Mac Mini (still in use!), iPad2 and iPhone4S
Berserker-UK is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:21 AM   #89
tarasis
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Here, there and everywhere
It looks dreadful. This is the satellite view for where I live and the text is oddly blurry on a retina device.

It shocks me this is worse than Apples. I thought Nokia had good data?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	109.7 KB
ID:	378605  
__________________
Lots of gear since Jan 2007. Damn Them
tarasis is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:26 AM   #90
Lindberg
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Denmark, Aarhus
Google Maps does a far better job. The map qulity seems very low res on my iphone 4.

I am glad I am still using iOS 5. I am not going to upgrade until a Google Maps app is in the app store!
Lindberg is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:35 AM   #91
Daveoc64
macrumors 601
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bristol, UK
It's not as good as Google Maps, but it's far more accurate and up to date than Apple Maps.
__________________
Nexus 6 32GB Black (Three UK) | Nexus 7 (2012) | Kindle Paperwhite (2013)
iPhone 4 32GB
White MacBook (Late 2007)
Windows 8.1 | iCloud, Dropbox, Spotify Premium
Daveoc64 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:45 AM   #92
SgtPepper12
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
My thoughts:
  • Maps are blurry.
  • Zooming in is slow and buggy (hard to describe what happens).
  • It is not vector based (never got this).
  • The satellite imagery is not that great.
  • Very slow (bad frame rate).
all in all, it's pretty bad, way worse than Apple Maps, in my opinion.
SgtPepper12 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:50 AM   #93
Macist
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
It's got more POI/businesses listed accurately than Apple Maps but it feels slow and unappealing. Not much different to a web app really.

C'mon Google.
Macist is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:55 AM   #94
The Phazer
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: London, UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reason077 View Post
Tube stations are there in Apple's Maps - you just have to zoom in really close for them to appear. Which makes it a bit pointless.
Just about. Though they all have the wrong logos, and several of them were missing for until a few weeks ago.

They even managed to reopen Aldwych station, which closed in 1994, and move it a mile away from it's previous location!
The Phazer is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:57 AM   #95
spblat
macrumors 6502a
 
spblat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
I gave it two stars.

Quote:
Waze was not very impressive at its debut. Now it is a pure joy to use. Here Maps is also not a pure joy to use at its debut. Maybe it will get better. But the initial impression is poor. Usability is poor. Initial search results were not good. The routing interface is confusing. The buttons are too small to be useful while driving.

Nokia may have great cartographic data, but this is not currently a good implementation. I'd sooner use Waze or Apple.
__________________
spblat on twitter | spblat on youtube
spblat is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:58 AM   #96
brylliant
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: United Kingdom
The walk navigation sounds good.
brylliant is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:58 AM   #97
JamesWilliams12
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
I Like it
JamesWilliams12 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:00 PM   #98
ixodes
macrumors 601
 
ixodes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pacific Coast, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by UmbraDiaboli View Post
At first glance looks a billion times better than Apple Maps...

(Still can't get over the Apple Maps disaster)...
You're not alone, I've been a very loyal Apple customer since 1991. I am simply shocked at the stupid decision Apple has made. Shocked, but not surprised.

If there's one thing this proves (again), is that Apple thinks so highly of themselves, they honestly believe they can do anything and everything better than any other company on the planet.

The _World_ uses Google Maps... why reinvent the wheel?

What a total waste of time & resources. All in the name of vanity & ego.
__________________
An Ultra Fast Mac Is...My Favorite
ixodes is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:02 PM   #99
Sir Ruben
macrumors 65816
 
Sir Ruben's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
This is hillarious!:

Google earth (still not IP5 optimised tut tut):


Apple maps:


Nokia maps:


As usual anything Apple related gets ridiculous levels of scrutiny, this Nokia Maps app however will fade in the minds of everyone before tomorrow with a whimper and a fart.
__________________
iMac (27") iPad Air (16GB White) Retina iPad Mini (16GB White) iPhone 6 (16GB Space Gray) Apple TV rMBP (13")
My Flickr

Last edited by Sir Ruben; Nov 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM.
Sir Ruben is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:03 PM   #100
driftway
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
This app, which is slow and not useable, shows off a major flaw of Apple Maps, and even the great Google Maps: NO +/- KEY!

I need TWO hands to zoom out, instead of a simple click on the Minus sign as on the excellent MotionX GPS and Waze - both with single handed operation. Google web maps does this but of course super slow.....

Google, when you do come back, please give us a MINUS key!
driftway is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nokia Pulls 'HERE' Maps App for iOS, Citing iOS 7 Changes That 'Harm the User Experience' MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 156 Dec 30, 2013 11:54 PM
Apple Maps Significantly More Popular Than All Other iOS Mapping Apps, Including Google MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 120 Nov 14, 2013 12:03 PM
Apple Launches New App Store Feature Section for Alternative Maps MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 595 Nov 19, 2012 07:37 PM
Nokia to Launch Free Maps App with Offline Mode and Transit Directions for iOS MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 106 Nov 18, 2012 07:05 PM
Apple Launches New 'Maps' App in iOS 6, Includes Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Real-Time Traffic, 3D Maps MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 240 Jun 27, 2012 09:50 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:51 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC