Some Reviewers Found Apple Maps Troublesome

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-09-19 Print this article Print

While Apple's Maps offer iPhone users turn-by-turn directions-a feature that Android users have long enjoyed but that Google has left out of Apple's version of Google Maps-Mossberg found it to be "a step backward" from the Google app.

"While Apple's maps feature a 3D 'Flyover' view of some central cities, they lack Google's very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing," wrote Mossberg. "Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps. Also, while I found Apple's maps accurate, they tend to default to a more zoomed-in view than Google's, making them look emptier until you zoom out."

Bloomberg's Rich Jaroslovsky found the "fit and finish" of the iPhone 5 to be "more like a fine wristwatch" than something one should throw in a purse with keys, and praised its performance, particularly on AT&T's Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, as "roaringly fast."

But he also bumped into the trouble with Apple Maps.

In an initial test, Jaroslovsky wrote, the iPhone 5 was "too easily confused, especially in urban areas. At one point, as I was driving south on San Francisco's Embarcadero, it thought I was going north; at another point, it mistakenly thought I was on Fremont Street, a couple of blocks away."

Apple gave him a second unit to try out, which behaved better. Though when the GPS system was in use for an extended period, Jaroslovsky wrote, "the phone grew noticeably hot."

In Engadget's Geekbench test suite, wrote Tim Stevens, the iPhone 5 scored an impressive 1,628, compared with the iPhone 4S' 634.

"That's more than twice as fast," he wrote, "and while you won't necessarily see such huge increases in day-to-day usage, apps do load noticeably quicker, HDR images are processed in half the time and tasks like video rendering in iMovie are equally expedient."  

But Stevens went on to write that, while much about the phone is ahead of the curve, "it's the operating system here that's beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age."

Still, like the others, Stevens agrees it's an excellent phone, "a hallmark of design," and no doubt-as Apple has also asserted-the best iPhone yet.

If you're an Android user and you love it, great. Stick with it. But if you've been thinking of switching or are a current iPhone user ready to upgrade, it's a no-brainer. As Stevens writes, "This is the one you've been waiting for."

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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