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As expected, Google delivered its long-awaited maps app for the iPhone by the end of the year.And as expected, it’s really, really good.
The new app is a dramatic improvement over the old Google Maps for iPhone, and it’s far better than the new Apple Maps app that’s the default app on all iPhones and iPads.
Google’s Maps app for iPhone is fast, functional, beautifully designed, and most importantly, won’t get you lost. We now have turn-by-turn directions, street view, public transit directions, and walking directions all in the same place.
We spent a lot of time with the app today and checked out ever nook and cranny. We were surprised at how much better this app is compared to Apple’s offering. Google really did a killer job with this.
Still, Apple Maps are better in a few ways: get a few things right that Google just can’t do like navigating turn-by-turn via the iPhone’s lock screen and having 3D functionality baked right into its Maps app. In Google’s Map app, if you want to have photorealistic 3D maps you have to download a separate app, Google Earth.
Despite these two shortcomings, we still think that Google’s new maps app can be added to the first page of your home screen and replace Apple’s Maps.