Originally Posted by jragosta
I'm still waiting for one shred of legitimate evidence that Apple's Maps are significantly worse than Google's Maps.
NYT is doing what everyone else seems to be doing. Someone starts a rumor that there's a problem and everyone accepts it as fact. Then Google reinforces the rumor with an ad based on the fact that Apple's Maps is somehow inferior because it won't find a hand-selected, imaginary address.
The only one who even tried a side-by-side comparison is (surprisingly) Consumer Reports which found that Apple's Maps was as good as Google's Maps when it came to finding an address.
So please show me the FACTS (not oft-repated opinions or anecdotes) that "substantial criticism is due".
Apple Maps is no different than our complaints of WnPh7, Android, Windows, etc. It's often just opinions. Even if they are backed up with valid and reasonable factual examples it's still one's opinion that the end result is inferior. And it's oft not glaring or egregious issues but a collection of small issues.
Take WinPh7/8, for example. I think it's a brilliant mobile OS. It's modern and unique. it's taking the good aspects of iOS without stealing from iOS like some other companies have.
MS has even gotten the WinNT kernel used for WInPh8 just as they use fro their desktop and server OS products. I think that's big!
That said, it's still in no way good enough in the OS, the HW they sell on (and I quite like the Lumia HW), and the ecosystem for it to be a suitable replacement for my iPhone. These are my opinions of which I can back up with plenty of facts and if it was released as is when iOS was in version 2 or so I think Apple would have a fight on its hand for the most
mindshare and best
app ecosystem (developers and number of apps) with Android being only on cheap feature phones with Samsung being a huge WinPh vendor.
But those extra years have made a huge difference. Google has the clear advantage even though Apple Maps has some great aspects and huge potential. In a year this could all but be forgotten just as the first year of the iPhone with web apps as Apple was still developing the iOS development environment, and the first years of the iPhone where there was no Adobe Flash so it couldn't run "the full internet" which we should now call "the full of it internet."
In fact, I've been very vocal about what I thought would happen with iOS 6 Maps if Apple didn't certain things resolved before launch. It's 1.5 weeks since iOS 6 was released and everything I stated has come true. However, I think it'll be less of a longterm issue than the whole Adobe Flash thing ever was.