After some intensive testing since its yesternight release, there’s no doubt about it: Google Maps for iOS is, hands down, the best maps application, perhaps on any platform. So good, so fast, and so clean. There’s really no contest. They nailed it, and shamed Apple in the process. I thought that maybe my first impression—playing with it for an hour immediately after downloading it the moment it came out—was influenced by my suffering with Apple Maps since I upgraded to iOS 6 in September. No matter what the Apple apologists say, Scott Forstall’s final horrorshow was a rushed-out excuse of a product with poor location information and bad search logic dressed up with flashy skeuomorphic traffic signs and some useless features (“this sucks… oh, hey, we have 3D buildings!” *drops smoke bomb*).
Google Maps Navigates to #1 Free App on iOS, is Awesome
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).