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jasonscott
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jasonscott,
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9/24/2012 | 6:50:27 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
The real reason behind Apple changing its map app is simple: Google wouldn't update (or Apple to update) the old Google-powered Maps app to bring it on-par with the Android map app. So, had Apple stuck with the old Google map app, the iPhone would always have a second-rate map app. End of story.

Likewise, Apple couldn't just turn to MS for Bing maps, for the same reason.

So, Apple really only had one remaining choice: build it's own. It wisely chose to partner with a mobile mapping veteran (TomTom) and through in a bunch of hooks for future capabilities.

Is Apple Maps as good as Google Maps? No. Not yet, anyway. Give it a rev or two and I suspect it'll be a sweet app. If not, there are plenty of other Maps available, such as MapQuest, Waze, TomTom, etc. -- several (or all) of which are free, too.

Since I use my map app only about 5% (or less!) of the time I'm using my iPhone, I'm not about to base my overall satisfaction of my iPhone on its map app. Apple Maps works well enough for most folks (I relied on mine this weekend for a trip out of state -- it worked great!)
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9/24/2012 | 5:15:23 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
You are absolutely correct. The statement quoted above is not a "mea culpa." And we have to compare-and-contrast this to Apple's response any time someone starts to compete with them. Apple does not allow a competitor to say, "We're only getting started," as the response is always, "But now you're competing against us. We've set the bar higher. So you're 'getting started' is a fail." You can't have it both ways. Either the bar is higher due to competition, or people can just get started and improve.

I'll hold Apple to the standard they hold their competitors to and call this a failure.
Eddie60101
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9/24/2012 | 5:13:03 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
No maps are 100% correct. Errors existed even on the old paper maps that people used to buy to drive cross-country. What matters is not whether any map software is perfect (none are), but the error rate. If it is sufficiently low, you can rely on the map or directions. Otherwise, you cannot. In any case, no map, hardware or software, should be considered absolutely perfectly reliable. Always use your own judgement as well. Even if a map were 100% accurate when created, things change, roads change, businesses move, and so on.
Tom LaSusa
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Tom LaSusa,
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9/24/2012 | 2:23:30 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
That may be the case, kbear, but I would have to say that the majority of the time Google Maps is on the money. Whenever my wife and I go on a trip, I print out a copy of Google Maps directions to accompany our GPS (which for some odd reason my wife named "Lucy."). More than half the time we actually ignore the GPS' instructions for the Google directions and end up doing better.

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telle quelle
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telle quelle,
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9/24/2012 | 5:53:27 AM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
I have a Nokia Lumia 800 in france. The article and Nokia need to specify that they're talking about Nokia Drive, the GPS app. Which while, yes, you can use it offline to view, the offline search is piss-poor. Furthermore, it'll only go destinations manually typed in or found from search data, which curiously DOESN'T include contacts on your phone!

Also, the transit thing they compare is an entirely different app, NOT the GPS they're talking about, and it DOES require a 3G or internet connection, and the transit app sucks big time, it's just a static map of metro lines, not even buses. and the "real time" thing doesn't work in Paris.
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Yeomandroid,
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9/23/2012 | 10:39:57 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
The beauty of Nokia maps is they are reliable and you can even view them offline!
takis2
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9/23/2012 | 9:05:34 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
Copy that Apple.
(As the great copier has moved to greener fields, no-one has left to copy... errr sorry, inspire from others people work).
kbear
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kbear,
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9/23/2012 | 3:14:44 AM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
Google maps aren't always correct. I've encountered two mistakes just this past week. One put the store about four miles from its actual location in a different town. The other identified a company as being in another state, though the address was correct.
JC000
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JC000,
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9/23/2012 | 2:51:17 AM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
Apple didn't issue a mea culpa. There's no "We're sorry," "We made a mistake," or "We did something wrong." They just said how awesome they are, and added, "We're just getting started."
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9/22/2012 | 4:38:56 PM
re: Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
Apple should forget the excuses, and just give us Google Maps back. I love my iPhone. But I want Google Maps.
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