Big Test: 7 Map Services to Ios

Last fall we launched Ios 6 and with the new system came the biggest update of Iphone app then awarded maps with GPS in the summer of 2008. The term update, however, is a truth with modification. We have been deeply and studied both Apple Maps and options, in many cases they are considerably better.

Until Ios 6 stood Google for Iphonekartorna, but for the new app Apple built up its own mapping service with Tomtom as the main data provider. The result was that familiar surprisingly lousy and Apple ceo Tim Cook wrote an open letter with an apology to everyone who updated to ios 6 and been disappointed on the maps. The letter promised improvements and Tim Cook proposes impatient users a number of alternatives to Apple’s maps: the Bing apps, Map Quest, Waze and mobile Web versions of Google Maps and Nokia Maps.

We have compared Apple’s maps with the apps on the list. Map Quest is missing from Swedish App Store and as a replacement, we have lift in Eniro and Find. Apple has managed to solve the problems, is Google’s second coming to ios a better option or it will be one of the contenders who will take home the most points?

Apple Maps

Starting with ios version 6 is a new app that hides behind» Maps «icon. On paper it looks really promising. Our site, which has both its own well-functioning ios app and a long line of excellent navigator units, to his credit, accounts for the bulk of map material. Apple themselves have taken up the interface with the aid of technology from a number of newly acquired companies – such as Swedish c3 Technologies who developed the high-resolution 3d maps. Unfortunately Apple does not receive all the parts fit together in time for the launch and the app was filled with strange errors, such as missing Gothenburg entirely on a map, Berlin was placed on Antarctica and authorities in Australia had to intervene when Iphone users guidats out on dangerous detours through the desert. As of this writing, many bugs fixed, but Apple’s maps are still surprisingly low quality. In the hybrid mode – when the map graphic is located on top of the satellite image – often differ a bit from each other’s roads in the two map layers. There are also examples of the wrong that has been known since september 2012, but has not yet been fixed. One is a large island of Vrångö, Gothenburg archipelago with about 400 year-round residents, who received the name Väggö (in reality a nature reserve in West Yorkshire) in Apple’s map. The corresponding error is not available on the Tomtom on the Web.

Apple’s 3D views has its origins in a Swedish company that Apple bought up.

When the map’s and management positions is consistent with reality delivers Apple really good directions. The app has text to speech, read out names of streets and lanes, and can calculate routes for both the car and walk. In pedestrian mode, you can easily scroll through the various stages of the directions by sweeping the next instruction. To scroll and look for the places on a map, the app is not as successful. The details are given with respect to zoom level and you have to scroll a lot to get an overview of what restaurants, shops etc. nearby. The app has a large database of points of interest, but it is hard to get decent search results and it supplied data that in some cases it is scary out of date.

A search on» petrol «provides the closest result just over 5 km away-within the RADIUS is at least 10 further options. A search on» bio «in Central Gothenburg proposes sf Downtown (closed in 2007) while the» new «Filmstaden (inaugurated in 2006) completely missing from the map. Next to the search button is a button that opens the phone book, so if you have keyed in the address to your contacts, it is easy to select it as the destination. the 3D mode is impressive, but unfortunately it works at relatively few sites – in Scandinavia only in Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Apple Maps: pluses and minuses

+ Directions with speech synthesis. The print function. 3D maps in some cities.

– Low level of detail in the maps. Unreliable.

Bing Maps

Bing Maps is the only dedicated Web application and is part of Microsoft’s search service bing.com. The first time, you must open the Bing via Safari, but from there it’s easy to add a shortcut on the home screen. Bing Maps on Iphone works really bad. The site sends the visitor to a simplified mobile version of the service, and the search field cannot seem to find locations outside the United States.

Buttons to enter locations in Sweden the app displays a map of Seattle. When I press the icon to move the map to the current position of the right, but not the search functions, the service is not very useful. Via Ipad browser makes it much more enjoyable to use Bing. The interface looks like in your computer, so some buttons are in the smallest team to perform optimally on the touch screen, but the map is clear and there are plenty of useful features.

Bing is the only Web app and it’s not only the weakness it has.

Bing has a panel to the left of the map with shortcuts to various types of contents, such as indoor maps for airports and malls, aerial photos, high-resolution 3d views and» apps «the map for weather and gasoline and taxi rates. Except for the weather, I can find no apps that can be used in Sweden, but there are indoor maps of 25 different sites and traffic information works well. Bing can get directions for transport on foot or by car, but not impresses POIs. Some categories work well — for example, hotels – but according to Bing Maps, there is not a single bar in Stockholm.

Bing Maps: pluses and minuses

+ Indoor maps. Traffic information.

– Only works correctly on the Ipad.

Eniro

Eniro has its roots in the production of the printed telephone directory, and there is a dna that goes to see also in mobile app. The focus is on catalog data, and all companies that advertise in the yellow and pink pages are also included in the app. It is also possible to find both private individuals and companies that don’t advertise, but then you have to make a more precise search using the full name or phone number. Many companies have supplied detailed information to Eniro, so it can enter the name of a product or a brand to find your nearest dealer – at least for a little bit more expensive gadgets. A search on» Ipad «provides several shops within walking distance while» Findus fish au gratin «does not give a single hit within 100 km. Apart from private individuals, it is far from the largest Eniro’s database, but it shows that there is a larger editorial work behind Eniro’s services and to facilitate browsing when categorization within a category instead to search for a business name.

Sweden map on Eniro’s app comes from the national land survey of Sweden, but there are also maps of Denmark, Norway, Finland and Poland. However, it is not possible to search for locations abroad.The map is ugly and blocky in some Zoom modes, but it is possible to find levels where it is both clear and detailed. A bonus with Eniro’s app is the ability to view the charts. The Ipad has Eniro placed a small circular menu to the right of the screen that makes it easy to choose map type or category among the POIs. The app has a feature for driving directions, but you can only choose between the fastest or shortest route – not to get directions for pedestrians or by public transport.

Eniro: pluses and minuses

+ Easy-to-navigate collection of points of interest. Good product finder. Nautical charts.

– Limited directions. Missing navigator function.

Here

Here is the new name of the service that previously went under the name that Ovi Maps and Nokia Maps. The app delivers the same experience that you get if you enter the address m.here.com in Safari, but now there is the option to install Here via the App Store instead of creating a shortcut to the Web page. Maps and POIs come from Nokia subsidiary Navteq, but there is also a link to the local part and the reviews from Expedia, Tripadvisor and Viamichelin.

okia service Here presents the points of interest in a smart way.

Content from the guide services makes it possible to see the information that the price range of restaurants and hotels, but» read more «-links work properly. The links to the Viamichelin site, for example, leads only to the home page, not directly to the current review. The map is accurate and displays the names of streets and places in an effective manner in relation to the zoom level, but it is only a few points of interest displayed directly in the map image. It deals mainly with major hotels and restaurants. Below the map there is a field with tips on points of interest nearby. The entire field is going to sweep aside to list more suggestions.

Here, you can download a map area to the cell phone – a clever feature for when they travel. However, it is not possible to download especially large areas with the best level of detail, and you can only have a contiguous territory saved at a time. Directions in Here works best for pedestrians. Then you get the navigation step by step with American voice in the headset. If you select directions for car delivers the app just a list of instructions and public transport mode when we test in Gothenburg does not work at all – immediate proposals on bus stop ports in Denmark. However, there is a layer in a map that shows the routes for light rail, trams and Metro, but the lines are drawn in a straight line between the stops, so it looks strange with the actual map or satellite image. In Stockholm, we can at least get directions with combinations of walking and public transport to the correct destination.

Here: pluses and minuses

+ Downloading maps. Points of interest with guide function.

– Devoid of automotive navigation systems.

Hitta.se

Hitta.se is primarily an app to search for phone numbers, but the app also has a map function with satellite images, street addresses and directions. The interface is very simple and clear with four tabs which lead directly to the app’s various functions. Hitta.se only contains maps and addresses for Sweden, so it is not possible to get directions to a location, such as Copenhagen or Oslo. The map comes from the national land survey of Sweden and looks like the classic map in the telephone directory. It is possible to choose any zoom level in the usual way, but the level of detail and the size of the text is changed in fixed steps, so all of the levels are not as easy to read.

As an alternative to a map, you can get a satellite image, but both varieties are simple images in a warehouse — the equivalent of a paper map. If you select a point of interest or conduct a search, the results are visible on the map, but you cannot scroll the map to see all there is in a given area. Directions in the app is designed for travel by car. By default, it starts the journey from your current position, but it can use the app to calculate distance and driving directions between any two places in the country. The directions first appears as an overview on the map and then you can watch the instructions step by step. Hitta.se delivers no computation of travel time, but the route is shown in the overview. Find using» mil «to enter long distance. A mil is equal to 10 km, of course, is known in Sweden, but when the app switch between miles and kilometers, depending on trip length it confuses more than it helps.

Hitta.se: Plus and minus

+ Complete. Easy to save contacts from your search results.

– No Ipadversion. Get map features.

Google Maps

Google’s own mapping app for ios launched as recently as december, but has emerged as one of the most downloaded titles on the App Store. Map looks much like the old Google-based» Maps «app that was available up to and including ios 5, but there the similarities end, which in turn has both advantages and disadvantages. Instead of» turn the page «to settings app now a rather clumsy menu with the different map layers (transport, public transport and the satellite image) that slides in from the right side of the map itself. At the top of the image, see the search bar and the somewhat cryptic symbols with an arrow and a user symbol that leads to directions respectively to the features that are associated with your Google account.

You do not need an account to use the app, but by logging in, you can access your search history and saved home and work addresses. Google maps is not exactly good-looking, but the balance between the level of zoom, text size and the amount of information in the map image is good, so it’s easy to get an overview. The same applies to your directions. The interface is clear, but dull. Google Maps can show routes suitable for car, pedestrian or travel by public transport and it is easy to see how the traffic information affects the estimated travel time. Choose map layer public transport claims the app there is no information, but the directions are correct and will work regardless of whether it is a few stops with bus or train schedules for longer journeys as Stockholm – Gothenburg.

The app’s great strength is its search capabilities. Google Maps delivers relevant items in most cases whether I enter a company name, a street address or a category – such as the» café «.» To specify a product name to find dealers nearby should also be possible, but does significantly worse – a search on» Iphone «returns the address of a disused Onoff-shop. To make it easier to go from the application information to physical reality is» Street View «with panoramic photos along the streets. As you approach your destination, you can see a photo of the gate or the House in mobile, and, hopefully, find a matching place nearby. Street View covers an impressive part of the street network, but the images are not as well updated as the rest of the map material and in many places it seems to go at least five years between the Google photo rounds. The functions available on the location in Google Maps works fine, but a lot are missing for that app should feel really full. The most obvious is that there is no Ipadanpassad version, but Google has also failed to build in connection to the phone book and features from the Web version as bike paths, indoor maps and favorite sites.

Google Maps: pluses and minuses

+ The search engine. Street View. Coal play traffic

-InThe String Ipadversion

Waze

Waze is on the list of maps apps that Apple recommends, but Waze is a completely different kind of service. Other apps and sites in the test is, first and foremost, search and retrieve information from any of the major commercial map providers – Tomtom (formerly Tele atlas), Navteq or national land survey of Sweden. Waze works more as a car navigator and rely on your app’s users to build databases. Traffic information as well as points of interest and maps are either user-generated or taken from open sources. In some countries — for example, the United States and Israel – is a map essentially complete, but in Sweden there are plenty of loopholes. The white spots can be found both interspersed in major cities and in the form of small towns that are completely missing. If you are surfing in at waze.com and click on» «Live map and compare a map with Google Maps or Tomtom you can see quickly the differences. The shortcomings of map material makes the Waze can hardly be counted as a complete alternative to any of the other services in the test, but you can also choose to see Waze as a cross between a navigatorapp and a game. Then it immediately feels like a more successful product.

The interface is well made and has a playful design that fits well with the game feeling. As it should be in a game, you can collect points – for example by reporting the traffic problems, add routes and sites or by helping other users in your app’s discussion forum. Just being out there and run with the app also gives the score, but there are also purely competitive element as to hunt treasures on a map. Other users appear as small car figurines on a map and you can click to open a small info box with nickname and score. There are many opportunities to interact with other users-from chatting to create groups that compete together. The search function in Waze is only used to specify the destination, but there are plenty of points of interest to search.

In addition to Wazes own database are linked to Google, Bing, and Foursquare. The search engine works to search for names of places and businesses, but you cannot enter a category in the text field. You can browse the points of interest by category through the menus in the app, but then is just Wazes own database available.

Waze: pluses and minuses

+ Games and interactive features.

– Incomplete map material. Limited search engine.

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Interface

Apple has retained the look where you turn the blade to access the app’s settings. All buttons and icons are very clear, but at the same time, you sometimes wished for more tuning options – for example to avoid tolls or prioritize the shortest path. Lord and Bing is based on Web technology and does not feel quite as fast as its competitors, but the interfaces are clear and the field with points of interest below the map in Here is a smart grip – especially on the Ipad where there is plenty of space. Waze has an interface with playful design — quite appropriate given that the app is a game. At the same time contains menus, lots of features and settings, as Waze is the app in the test with the highest learning curve.

Found interface cannot be accused of giving lavish impression, but at the same time, it is easy to navigate with the four tabs which lead to the app’s main functions. The ability to search on a specific location or» Where you are «is smart and intuitive, but the link to the street photographs via a list of resorts feels unnecessary. Eniro has a neat interface with search field in semi-transparent layer on top of the map. The Ipad also has a circular menu with shortcuts to the POI categories and maps. Both Apple and Google have stripped away all unnecessary features and created lättöverblickade and clear interface. Google has invested in a little more modern design with blocky buttons and search bar, but deficiencies that it can’t access addresses to the contacts directly from the app, or use the full screen on the Ipad will make Apple get the higher grade.

Winner: Apple Maps

Map material

Google has detailed maps and satellite images for large parts of the world, but the app offers no Visual bells and whistles like 3-d buildings in Apple Maps or» Birds Eye View «in Bing Maps with aerial imagery from low altitude. Apple’s maps have low detail level in relation to the zoomed-in area, so you have to scroll a lot to find all names of streets and points of interest. Apple has managed to fix the worst errors that existed when Ios 6 was launched but it is still possible to find many oddities. Find and Eniro uses ordnance survey’s maps with the paper feel and a clear colour scheme. Eniro is alone to deliver a hybrid map – with streets and names on top of a satellite image-based on the ordnance survey’s maps and the app also contains charts.

The quality of the maps in Here varies widely from place to place. In Stockholm and Gothenburg, it looks good, but for many smaller towns there are only low resolution aerial photos. Here also shows very few points of interest in the map image. Even Bing Maps has poor satellite imagery in many places, but the map is good, and it’s just Bing and Google’s Web version that has indoor maps which work in Sweden. Waze may settle for two points in the map category – the app has no satellite or aerial imagery and many roads and sites are missing a map.

Winner: Google Maps and Eniro

Points of interest

For sites in Sweden works Eniro’s database very good, but quite detailed information is only available on Eniro’s paying advertisers, so even if the information has a better and more consistent categorisation so are gaps larger than in Finding or Google. Sorry, you cannot browse for points of interest in the map with either Find or Eniro. Lord and Apple presents information about POIs very neat, but kartvyerna are information poor and Here shows almost only restaurants and hotels in the map. It turns out to be a lot of outdated information amongst Apple’s points of interest – even when it comes to the really popular sites.

Bing has failed completely to categorize their data base, at least for sites in Sweden. Through the category menu is successful, for example, I only find hotels – not a single bar, restaurant or car rental company. Points of interest in the Waze is used only to select the destination for your GPS, but there are links to several external sources, such as Google and Foursquare. The search features are, unfortunately, not particularly good – it is possible to browse through categories among Wazes own sites, but in order to find something through, for example, Foursquare, you must know what the company is called. Google’s database, it feels solid and is pretty well updated. Information opening times, range, and the phone number for companies in Sweden is not as complete as at Eniro and Find, but it is compensated well by that app also works in other countries.

Winner: Google Maps

Directions

Apple’s guidance is very stylish – completely in the class with the best navigatorapparna-and voice instructions are clear with spoken street names. The only thing missing for bilbruk is a clearer view of how the traffic information affects your route. When navigating on foot are you allowed to do without step-by-step instructions, and guidance on public transport are missing Apple Maps. In the apps from the Find and Eniro, the focus is on the directory service rather than on the maps and directions is very simple.

Eniro has a bit more configuration options, but you can only get directions and estimated travel times for car trips. Bing Maps and Here gives approved directions and takes into account the traffic situation, but none of the apps work like car navigator or to find routes for public transport. Here, on the other hand, has a navigator mode for pedestrians with voice instructions – you can walk and listen in the headset without having to look at the mobile screen. Waze works well as a car navigator – assuming your itinerary is available on the map. When the destination is entered, you can see if there are other waze on the road in front of you and follow their progress. Google Maps is not the best looking navigator mode, but the directions work whether we want to drive, walk or use public transport. In driving mode, you get spoken instructions, but Google does not have text to speech. Google gets five points in the category since all kinds of directions actually works – there are not any other app in the test.

Winner: Google Maps

Extras

Bing Maps looks initially quite promising when it comes to extras. Not least the apps in a map with everything from gasoline prices to the geotagged videos and Tweets. Unfortunately, it seems to just be the weather app that works in Sweden. Apple’s big drawcard when it comes to bells and whistles are 3D maps with the so-called Flyover mode. In Sweden there is Flyover only to Stockholm, but the feature is impressive and it is fine to use the Flyover to explore cities in other countries.

Here, you can download an area and then use a map without being connected. Eniro will let you check in to places via Facebook and instructional film that is built into the Ipad app actually contains many helpful tips. Most of what Google and Find offers can be sorted into other rate categories, but both apps has Street photographs of many Swedish cities. Google has succeeded best with function. Partly cover the far greater part of Sweden and the world, on the one hand is the alternation between» Street View «and the usual map smoother. The highest score possible to Jam. The most part of the app is so odd that it gets sorted under the» extra «.» How useful the app’s competitive elements and features for creating maps is of course debatable, but it is well made and the large number of users testifies to the entertainment value.

Winner: Waze

Winner: Google Maps

Google Maps is back on ios. For Ipad you are still directed to the Web version, but the app for the Iphone has all the important features on the site and a map that works well in both Sweden and other parts of the world.

Route guidance, traffic information with clear and functional connection to the public transport network, is quite superior to the options in the test. When it comes to POIs has find and Eniro Sweden a bit better, but if you want an app that works everywhere shines Google also in this category.

 

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