Nokia Launches Free Mapping Alternative for iOS: 'HERE Maps'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, Nokia announced that they would be launching extending its mapping service to iOS with a new free app. Nokia's new HERE Maps app for iOS launched last night, promising offline mode, transit and walking directions:
    Features include:

    o Map views - Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
    o Save map areas & wander without data coverage
    o Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries
    o Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
    o Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
    o Public transportation and driving directions

    The Verge spent some time with the new app, and came away with mixed impressions.
    Nokia's iOS map launch is significant due to the issues many users have had with Apple's Map application that ships with iOS 6. Apple's solution has drawn considerable criticism due to incomplete data and poor coverage in many areas.

    Nokai's HERE Maps is available as a free download from the App Store [iTunes link].

    Article Link: Nokia Launches Free Mapping Alternative for iOS: 'HERE Maps'
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2009
    It lacks one of the most important features: a compass.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    This is just a wrapper over a web app. It's slow and text isn't very easy to read.

    Personally, I'm fine with Apple Maps. But if someone is going to come out with an actual good mapping solution, it's Google.
  4. macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2011
    The detail where I am (Northern England, UK) is absolutely terrible. Incorrect place names and very poor quality imagery.
  5. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Meh, Apple Maps works for me, though I do miss street view. Flyover is more of a gimmick than anything.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Yay! It looks like a great app. Should definitely be a good solution for people like me who need transit directions. I always liked Nokia Transport and maps on Windows Phone.
  7. macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2010
    I love it! It looks so much more grown up than Apple maps. :D
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    At first glance looks a billion times better than Apple Maps...

    (Still can't get over the Apple Maps disaster)...
  9. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Maps are blurry. Almost as if they're images always being displayed "zoomed in".

    Geez, you'd think Nokia could do better. This is just sad.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA
    If anything it should prove that Google's own app will be approved by Apple.
  11. justperry, Nov 20, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012

    macrumors 603


    More maps options, downloading now, hope offline maps works well.

    Edit: Offline eats a lot of data for the map to download, >5 MB for a 500 Meter2 and if you want a new map the old one will be deleted.
  12. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    I don't like them so far. The interface isn't appealing at all. It looks so blurry when zoomed in. I'll stick to Waze for now.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Google dropped the ball big time, excuse after excuse while Nokia just got their heads down and got the job done. Well done Nokia.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    This is going to make Google hurry up a bit....
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2009
    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.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    How dare Nokia talk so smugly about Apple Maps, and how they will rescue Apple users and then go on to release this horrendous app.
  18. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I used it a bit on the way to work this morning. Not a fan.

    Maybe its data is better than Apple's, but Apple's is hands down a superior experience.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Google were just complaining about nothing to draw attention from not being ready. Apple obviously never made any suggestions to the effect that mapping applications would now be refused.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    No! Things were better when we had a single Maps app from iOS 1.0 and no competition. Apple is bad for removing native Maps and YouTube apps and allowing there to be better replacements.[/sarcasm]
  21. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    At least Kauai zoomed in is in color and has more detail than Apple maps- which are in Black and white zoomed.
    perfect timing for me. :D
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2012
    This is the key for me. No one's going to come up with a street view service anytime soon. The sooner Google get an iOS app approved the better..
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Don't waste your time trying this out. Its terrible.
  24. macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2011
    European Union
    Used it a bit. Data is worse than in Apple Maps. Deleted.
  25. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    If Apple wants to move the OS level advantages it's own maps app gets and compete on a level playing field then you're correct.

    As for this app - as I suspected, HTML5 based means it's crappy to use. However, the data is very, very significantly better than Apple. Nowhere near as good as Google's though.

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