Originally Posted by netrox
I downloaded it and wow, it's awesome! The UI can be a little awkward but overall, it's a robust app and definitely the one I'll rely on. I have had many bad experiences with iOS Maps.
I downloaded it and went out and took it for a test.
Awesome is certainly not the word I would use to describe it.
The directions it gave me were way out of the way and for a short trip to Walgreens (normally 0.35 mi) it suggested going the opposite direction at two different places that added a quarter mile (total 0.60 mi by Googles suggested route). Although this is thru a residential area it took me out of the way to put me on a six lane hwy and then another major thoroughfare when they could have been avoided except for one crossing at a signal. Google suggested that I enter at an uncontrolled point on the hwy and then after going the opposite direction do a u-turn at another uncontrolled crossing (fairly large planted median in the middle of the freeway). Apple's Maps showed two possible routes, Route 1 including the the same entry on to the fwy but skipping the 2nd long run with the 2nd U-turn. Route 2 matched exactly that I drive - avoiding the messy longer run.
One thing I did really like is that Google's voice from the navigator came thru my cars hands free system (which is what I had expected Apple to do - come on Apple lets put this on your fixit list).
The biggest difference to me is not being able to access my Contacts. Google wants me to Sign In and keep a totally different list of My Places (gee now they not only want to know all about me by the websites I visit - now they want to have me stalked in the real world -- I don't think so). That is the killer for me and why I will not be using it (except as a backup).
I really don't like the UI - I tried to be fair since I am somewhat used to seeing Google's spartan UI in their other products but this thing does not seem to have any flow at all (e.g., it has these smallish buttons with icons that I just had to randomly tap to figure out what they do). It does not feel like an iPhone App IMHO (e.g., windows with a little x in the upper left corner are a no-no, the Human Interface Guidelines are available).
Both Apple and Google have some work to do with these products. With Googles almost 5 year head start I would have expected more from them quite frankly.