New Maps vs Google Maps screenshot comparison

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by mikepro, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    So below is a screenshot from BGR showing the new maps, and the same approximate area shown in the old Google Maps

    Look how much more info is on the Google Map. Street directions, more street labels, etc. I know the new iOS maps is not fully out yet, and it has some cool, new features. But, in some respects I think it is going to be a big step back (similar to iOS iPhoto using Open Street Maps) in the quality of the map view.

    I've always been a fan of Google Maps, and the subtle things they do to make their maps more readable. If you compare their maps to other mapping services, and study their labels, you will see that Google has spent a good deal of time figuring out how to best display labels. Subtle things from label size, the white space surrounding the letters, decluttering around major cities. All very subtle, but when you compare, it really makes a readability difference.
     

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    chrf097

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    Zoom in. Watch what happens.

    There's absolutely no reason to clog up my map with minor street names when I'm zoomed out so far.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    Looks like 3 steps back...
     
  4. macrumors 601

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    I don't think anyone seriously expected Apple to be able to replicate everything (or even most of) what Google Maps has worldwide. It just wouldn't be possible. Even using Tom Tom, they're only accessing the same basic map data that Google does.

    Bing is perhaps the biggest competitor to Google Maps, and they've not managed to cover as much of the world as Google in several years of trying.

    http://www.microsoft.com/maps/streetside.aspx

    I get that it's a beta, but it's going to take a miracle for the Maps app to actually be usable here in the UK.
     
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    Jordan921

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    Sorry but I never really liked google maps. New Apple maps actually looks better without all the streets I don't need.
     
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    Uh... well, I can tell where much more stuff is in the Google view, and how to get from point A to point B better. Basically, the purpose of a map. How's that for a reason? It's a very reasonable zoom scale. If I have to zoom in too far to see detail, it's not very useful. Google map is detailed, not clogged.


    Yeah, there was a great web site comparing Bing and Google and talking about many of the same things I'm talking about. I think this was it:
    http://reader.benshoemate.com/2010/12/google-maps-label-readability/
     
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    rjohnstone

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    In midtown Manhattan you NEED all the details you can get.
    The Apple map doesn't even tell you what the direction the flow of traffic is on each street.
    VERY important info to have if your trying to figure out how to get too/from someplace.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now, without all the streets you don't need!
    That's it, million dollar advertising campaign for the new maps. You nailed it!
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    The Maps application is very disappointing compared to Google Maps. It is missing not only Streetview, Transit, and a huge amount of businesses but it is also pretty ugly comparatively. It looks like a Tom Tom even for geographic features and quality. The 3D maps are cool, but it isn't much different than what Google Earth pulls off with more coverage and better information.

    I had no idea how impressive Google's efforts were until removing it as an option by default.

    There is going to be a backlash against this replacement of the existing maps with this. Guaranteed.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    I like the design of Apple maps, but at least let us use google maps until the Apple maps are more developed and have more roads.
     
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    I wonder if Google is going to release a standalone (not Earth) maps app for the users who don't like Apple's solution.
     
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    They already said they would. Just didn't say when exactly.
     
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    Zoom in one more and apples will probably look cleaner
     
  14. macrumors 68000

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    How will it look "cleaner"? For maps, you don't need "clean". You need readability. Even zoomed out, the Apple map is hard to read.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry... I missed the announcement that Apple had declare iOS 6 Maps finished, feature-complete, and never-to-be-updated-again.
     
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    Another apple apologist.
     
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    You do realize this OS version isn't even out for 3 more months right ?
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    Google never made such announcements either, but never stopped people ridiculing Google for beta software. Hmmm...
     
  19. macrumors 65816

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    I hope that they do not use the little dot anymore and use something that tells me which direction i'm heading.
     
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    So your saying looking at the google maps picture you need the names of all the streets showing when you are looking for a specific street.
     
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    BlueGummiBear

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    In the now legacy Maps app you'd just double tap the lower left arrow icon to activate the compass and it would show you which direction you're facing. From the screen shots on the Apple site it looks like the icon is there too.
     
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    Technarchy

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    Very clearly, drawing any conclusions about Maps without actually using it is moronic at best.
     
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    Smith288

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    Its called a beta. 100% opt in. Wow.
     
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    Warbrain

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    There is a large amount of work that goes into how much data should be displayed on a map. If you ask me, Google puts far too much information upfront and clutters the map. It has only gotten worse as they've let people place locations and other items on the map. Give me a clean map that produces more information as I zoom over a cluttered mess.
     
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    Frankly it is irrelivent whether Google displays more information on their maps. Once Google denied the use of their maps for turn by turn navigation, they ceased to be a long term option for iOS.
    On the bright side, we will still have access to Google Maps via Safari while Apple improves their solution. Hopefully Google will submit their Maps app to the App Store in the interim.
    For the record, I prefer Apples unification of the 2D and 3D modes into a single UI, as opposed to the separation of Google Maps and Google Earth.
     

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