Google Maps on iPhone = piece of crap

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by muskratboy, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. muskratboy macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    i gotta say, google maps on the iPhone is VERY DISAPPOINTING.

    does anyone else find this thing utterly useless about 60% of the time?

    it'll send me off in totally the wrong direction, not find stuff that's nearby, or just do other stupid, stupid stuff.

    just now i searched for "1501 main st." ... an address that is LITERALLY less than 3 blocks from me. it asked me if i wanted that address in 3 OTHER CITIES, rather than the one i'm sitting in the middle of... and gave me NO OPTION for the address RIGHT NEXT TO ME.

    this is on top of giving me flat-out wrong directions, pointing me toward businesses that have been closed for YEARS, not finding businesses that are within blocks of me, etc.

    google maps is a piece of **** on the iPhone. why does it suck so badly? i thought google maps was smart. it is, in fact, the opposite.
  2. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I love it. Have never had any problem with it. And it certainly isn't an iPhone issue.

    p.s. Really? You entered MAIN STREET and it gave you options? Try adding a zipcode and perhaps your phone might have an idea where in the WHOLE WORLD you are referring to
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Hit locate me button at the lower left hand corner before searching.
  4. Ns1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
    Have you ever considered putting in a zip code?

    google maps is perfect for me

    maybe PEBKAC?

    if you want to understand real ****, try using google maps on a WinMo phone.
  5. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    It searches from where the map is positioned first.
  6. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I doubt it's PBKAC. More likely an ID-10-T error.
  8. Ns1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
    they are not mutually exclusive!
  9. IBradMac macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
    Yep same here...much more refined than a stand alone. My old Garmin has had me going crazy directions sometimes.
  10. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    to be fair, Google Maps has been hit and miss for me.

    The other day, I needed to figure out where I was in NYC. Found me in a very short amount of time, and was very accurate in my location and what address I was near by. It was off by maybe four stores down, but still on the same small block.

    However, the last time I used Google Maps to search for a HSBC bank, it told me the nearest one was in Hoboken, NJ. Even though there are dozens of banks in NYC, and one that was apparently two blocks away.

    hit or miss, meh.
  11. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
  12. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009

    try the "around me" app - it's great for that stuff
  13. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    hmm, i'll have to take a look at that, thanks for the info :)
  14. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Let me know what you think. It's got some great features. Some might consider some of the functionality redundant as it does use google maps - but the interface makes it quick to find banks, restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, theaters, etc very quickly

    oh... and apple stores, of course!
  15. drew68 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    Mine yours fine. I do service work and use it all day to find addresses in the city of Pittsburgh, works even around the really big buildings.
  16. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    GPS doesn't work well at all in 3.0, but that's about it.
  17. andyhargreaves macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    I wonder if people are expecting too much from this app. I have always found it to be as good as, if not better, than Google Maps on a computer. Bearing in mind it is not supposed to provide full TBT satnav.

    If you want that, spend some £$£$ and buy a TBT app such as Navigon or G-Map (or TomTom, eventually!). If you want the same/slightly better functionality as Google Maps on my macbook, then the iPhone app does exactly what it says on the tin....

  18. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    "GPS doesn't work well at all in 3.0, but that's about it. "

    Thanks for your OPINION.

    GPS on my iphone 3gs works perfectly. And it's much faster at locating me than my Blackberry Curve ever was.

    Is the GPS 100 percent accurate.. sometimes it's a yard or two off. I'll take it.
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    While not as good as my stand alone GPS, I find it to be pretty decent.
  20. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Another vote for "AroundMe". Works flawlessly and quickly.
  21. crisg macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    User error.

    enter zipcode, try again, let us know how it goes.
  22. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    google maps is probably one of my most used apps, second to mail, messages, and calendar.

    works awesomely (is that a real word) for me, and i haven't had any gps issues on either my 3g or 3gs
  23. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    The U.S. military limits civilian GPS to 3 meter accuracy (it used to be 20 meters). Military GPS can be A LOT more accurate.

    My wife's 3G GPS works really well. Always nails us dead on and it's very quick to find us.
  24. Ns1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
  25. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    OP: does the same thing happen if you search the same location from a desktop browser? It also works fantastically well, I've found. Admittedly it's not as good as a standalone GPS, but it is close. I'd say it gets the job done 99% of the time for me... your experience is definitely not the norm.

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