Apple Maps directions beat Google Maps, Waze in pundit's head-to-head test

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  • Reply 121 of 138
    Apple maps is still horrible in Hong Kong. Absolutely horrible. In a city this size, with three Apple stores, that's inexcusable.

    It's not just POI data which is terrible, either. Finding a simple address is next to impossible.

    First of all, addresses here are almost exclusively listed by building name, street, and district. Address numbers are very commonly listed as a range.

    For instance, my address (names and numbers changed) might be Flat 2B, 3/F, Woo Fung House, 156-162 Tin Hung Street, Sham Shui Po.

    I guarantee you entering an address like that or cutting and pasting it will fail completely.

    Apple Maps includes no building name data, unless that building is a POI, and very few are. So it has to go by number. Putting in a range of numbers fails, so you have to manually edit your link and change "158-162" to just 158. Most streets don't have any address data at all, so even that won't help. Many streets, and all districts are translated into Mandarin, not Cantonese, so even a simple search for "Sham Shui Po" fails, since apple lists it as "shun Sui bu" or something like that.

    Google maps has always worked great here, and still does.
  • Reply 122 of 138


    I don't live in Silicon Valley or anywhere remotely close to it.  I've yet to have any issue with Apple Maps.


     


    Disaster my ass.

  • Reply 123 of 138
    Yeah..it's a real last laugh here in New York..when you search for a local bakery and it takes you all the way upstate. Not to mention clicking on a Metro station in NYC tells you nothing about which trains run through it!

    Still using Google Maps...just for these reasons alone!!!
  • Reply 124 of 138
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blewvelvet View Post



    Yeah..it's a real last laugh here in New York..when you search for a local bakery and it takes you all the way upstate. Not to mention clicking on a Metro station in NYC tells you nothing about which trains run through it!



    Still using Google Maps...just for these reasons alone!!!


    You don't use it because you know exactly where your local bakery is but it shows you a different location?


    So you are doing it to spite Apple Maps?


    Guess you really showed that app, right?

  • Reply 125 of 138
    toestoes Posts: 55member
    @Chris_CA How else than by checking it against your known environment are you going to determine its reliability?
  • Reply 126 of 138
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post


     


    Well, good that Apple would never do something like that... image


     


     






    That seems like a silly reference. With Windows it's the BSOD and on a Mac it's the "you need to restart your computer" overlay. In both cases the most common cause is a piece of added hardware causing problems. The last time I saw the Mac equivalent was when I wanted a left handed mouse. I couldn't find a general purpose one so I bought a Razer, not knowing about their driver issues. The last time I saw it happen on a Windows machine, it was due to bad ram.

  • Reply 127 of 138
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toes View Post



    @Chris_CA How else than by checking it against your known environment are you going to determine its reliability?


    I give up. How?


    But blewvelvet stated he simply didn't use it for two reason: his bakery is wrong and he can't see train times.

  • Reply 128 of 138
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post


    You don't use it because you know exactly where your local bakery is but it shows you a different location?


    So you are doing it to spite Apple Maps?


    Guess you really showed that app, right?



     


    He said he searched for a local bakery and the location it returned was upstate. I don't think one needs to know where the bakery actually is to know that the map is wrong.

  • Reply 129 of 138
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by v5v View Post


     


    He said he searched for a local bakery and the location it returned was upstate. I don't think one needs to know where the bakery actually is to know that the map is wrong.



    The map is wrong for the bakery so dont' use it for anything?


    Okay. Sure hope he's not using Google maps either...

  • Reply 130 of 138
    You guys are idiots. The bakery was an [B]example[/B].
  • Reply 131 of 138
    macbook promacbook pro Posts: 1,605member
    tonton wrote: »
    You guys are idiots. The bakery was an example.

    The point being that there are many examples of inaccurate data in Google Maps as well. Is one to stop using all maps?
  • Reply 132 of 138
    toestoes Posts: 55member
    @Chris_CA do you have anything useful to contribute to the conversation or are you merely here to troll?
  • Reply 133 of 138
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toes View Post



    @Chris_CA do you have anything useful to contribute to the conversation or are you merely here to troll?


    No one is trolling except you & blewvelvet...


     


     


    Quote:


    blewvelvet wrote;


    search for a local bakery and it takes you all the way upstate. Not to mention clicking on a Metro station in NYC tells you nothing about which trains run through it!



    Still using Google Maps...just for these reasons alone!!!



    THIS is a troll statement.

  • Reply 134 of 138
    ankleskaterankleskater Posts: 1,287member
    mstone wrote: »
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    People are always going to say you are lying if you claim Apple Maps is bad unless you have proof. Even then they will say, sure, you can cherry pick remote regions that are not yet served and you are just a troll. This is my home town. I want Apple to be quite a bit better than they are now because it is unusable in its current state. Open Street Map is by far the best of the three.

    Was in UK and then continental Europe 2 weeks ago. Apple Maps, sorry to say, was useless. In most North American cities I visit, I'm fine with it.
  • Reply 135 of 138
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member


    Personal update on maps quality


     


    i had to visit family in the southern calif area (nightmare driving mess)


    I had both my garmin on the windshield and my iphone beside me


     


    iphone maps was PERFECT not a glitch


     


    after trying the mess of menu input into my garmin  i just used it to show headsup display for streets around me


     


    used siri and contracts and wow what a great experience


     


    accurate, quick with re-routing (happened alot due to such a mess contraction)


     


    a dream


     


    siri-----"take me to the santa monica pier".....bingo it was done


     


    so all that FUDD was just that, its a great app now i will use it and trust it more often


     


    i love the integration of yelp, helps with resturant locations without having to use yelp separately


     


    my only beef....apple needs to allow repeat of the instructions say by tapping the top of the maps direction


     


    wonderful   haven't used google maps since maps came out


     


    need a button to initiate siri and a way to repeat last instruction

  • Reply 136 of 138
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NOFEER View Post


    Personal update on maps quality


     


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    so all that FUDD was just that, its a great app now i will use it and trust it more often



     


    Where YOU are. One can't generalize a similar experience everywhere else just because it works well in a specific area.


     


    I'm not saying Maps is bad, just that the conclusion is flawed. It's reasonable to expect that improvements will occur region-by-region.

  • Reply 137 of 138
    akacakac Posts: 511member


    When I traveled throughout the south - Texas <-> Tennessee - Apple Maps did great. In Denver, its not so good. 

  • Reply 138 of 138


    Just migrated my eBay and PayPal accounts away from Gmail.  Slowly weaning off their stuff.

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