After comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps for several weeks, it’s clear that each product has its strengths and weaknesses.
Underlying maps: Google Maps offers a superior set of underlying maps. Far superior, as was extensively reported upon first release of the Apple Maps product last fall.
Voice interface: Apple Maps with Siri (available in iPhone 4S and iPhone 5) provides a far superior voice command interface. Google Maps has a voice interface but it’s not as simple to find as the Siri voice interface. That one large button near the bottom of the iPhone brings the Siri interface up after being held down for a short time; it’s easy to find and easy to use. The Google Maps interface is far from hands free and requires the user to look at the screen. Perhaps anyone using it all the time will get used to where to look and what to touch does work well.
It’s not clear that either phone really can operate in hands-free mode yet. That is a goal worth seeking, as it’s a bad idea, and illegal in many Cleveland area suburbs, to key anything into a phone while driving.
With all that said, we are glad to see that so many options are out their for GPS assisted navigation instructions.
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