Originally Posted by caliminius
Slurpy, who really gives a crap about 3D maps? I've looked at a few cities in 3D and though they were kind of neat, they really added nothing to the overall functionality of the map. And maybe they've fixed it now but New York City never rendered correctly leaving most buildings looking like mangled gray masses. Meanwhile I tried to use Hybrid View in Maps last night to find my way last night only to give up in frustration because the default level of detail means you have to zoom in insanely close to get to a useful level of detail. Worse unlike what I'm used to with Google Maps, Apple's hybrid view only seems to overlay what it considers the major roads.
To me 3D maps is this iOS/iPhone release overhyped wow feature. Much like FaceTime and Siri before it. FaceTime is neat but unless everyone you know exists in the Apple world you have little use for it. And the times you want to use it are pretty minimum to begin with.
OK, here are some things to try -- just to compare the usefulness of Apple maps 3D vs anything Google has to offer:
1) any "standard" (not hybrid or satellite) map view in 3D -- provides a useful perspective 3D view of the area
2) the "Hollywood" sign... Shows realistically in Apple 3D maps -- wrong location and totally unavailable in Google Maps, StreetView and Google Earth
3). 501 Park Road Ambridge PA -- Apple maps gives a useable 3D of 2D image -- Google StreetView closest view is a highway a block away running parallel... You do get a peek through some trees and a chain-link fence. In Google StreetView, you can step along the highway until you come to.a cross street -- but you cannot turn onto the cross street and leave the highway... Really frustrating!
4) Mt Rushmore... Apple Maps 3D gives useful display of mountain, but no faces --- the Google Trio (maps, StreetView, earth)... Not useful at all
5) Freemont and Mary Sunnyvale CA (shopping center on SE corner). Apple maps has quite usable ability to 3D zoom/pan the area -- Google StreetView... You can drive by and view from afar, but cannot enter the parking lot for a close up view... Very frustrating.
6) Apple maps 3D views have a problem with suspension bridges (Golden Gate, Brooklyn...) -- where are the vertical cables? Suspension bridges falling down, falling down, my fair lady...
7) Apple maps 3D views of anything below street level (Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, etc.) provides useful views for exploring -- little or nothing on google.
8) Apple maps shows great 3D views of areas with no public roads, e.g. Statue of Liberty -- the Google Trio, not so much... Nearest StreetView is too far away.
9) it appears that it is easer and much faster for Apple to add and tweak 3D views -- than for Google to update its Trio views.Edited by Dick Applebaum - 10/7/12 at 11:24am