The Apple maps application created much hype and its failure was the talk of the town. All the good things related to iPhone 5, its features, design and other factors were completely forgotten because of the failure of Apple’s Maps. Would this have happened to any other provider is a question that is raised by many. Apple, the giant in new technologies is expected to be perfect and hence the failure of a single application will make big news. Nokia entered the right time and introduced it’s “Here” maps for iOS devices. Now, it’s important to judge if Nokia does some justice to the replacement. However, Apple is taking great steps to fix the issues in its map.
CNET states that Nokia’s “Here” maps is equally good as Google maps, and so, it will definitely make a good replacement for Apple maps. Let’s check that out ourselves:
The moment Apple announced the release of its own map and the removal of Google maps, there was panic among many. Apple was very confident about the success of its map. Unfortunately, things took a wrong turn and the company was criticized for delivering a half baked cake. Apple’s iOS maps had a long list of errors including
• Missing cities
• Islands duplicated
• Skewed graphics
• Wrong location data and many more.
It did take a long time for the public to talk about the goodness in iPhone 5.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple made a formal apology saying “extremely sorry” for the failure of iOS maps. On the other hand, Cook’s apology has resulted in an increase in download of Apple maps by 40%, which portrays that its loyal fans still like Apple maps.
Nokia’s “Here” maps
What does Nokia’s “Here” maps have that they have found entry in to the Apple App store? “Here” has some exciting features that Apple lacks. Take a look at some of them below:
• Turn-by-turn directions while walking
Are you walking on the streets of a big city? You might be new to the place, gain access to “Here” maps immediately, which will guide every step you take. If you have used Apple maps, you will have to check the display for the directions, whereas in Nokia maps, the directions are voiced in to your ears.
• Indoor maps
A handful of popular stadiums, shopping malls, airports and others can be viewed with less difficulty. Apple maps lack this feature.
• Categorized recommendations
Specific recommendations like “Hip bars”, “Cheap eats” and the like can all be checked on Nokia Apps. When a Nokia account is registered, these locations can be checked via “Here” maps. Apple is still working on this.
• Public transportation
Without having the need to exit from the app, customers can view their public transits. This is absent in Apple forcing Newyorkers and others to rely on third party apps.
Though Nokia’s “Here” maps has an upper hand in a few areas, Apple’s iOS maps still have their own followers who are waiting for the updated maps. The success of an application or product depends on customer preferences. Hence, it is hard to come to a conclusion about which one scores well in the market. Personally, I feel that Apple will come back strong and put an end to all speculation. Which map do you like to use?