Last week, Nokia HERE Maps were announced at a San Francisco press conference, hoping to be the Apple Maps alternative that iOS 6 has needed. Nokia HERE Maps was released today for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad on the App Store and it sure does have some pros and cons.
Nokia HERE Maps video demo after the jump.
Nokia has implemented its own mapping system into this new maps application, while it’s always good to have an alternative system, HERE Maps loads a bit slow. While using HERE Maps, you might find yourself zooming in and out just so that the application can reload and show you what you need to see. On a side note, the resolution of the maps is subpar and doesn’t look very crisp on the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G Retina displays.
HERE Maps does have a few benefits iOS 6 Apple Maps and Google Maps does not have, like adding locations into your Collections. Collections allow you to save certain locations and put them into folder-type views to organize your friends, work, family, stores, and other locations.
The application also brings live traffic updates and things like construction zones, accidents, and other obstacles you might want to take into consideration. I was surprised to see that Nokia HERE Maps also tells you when the construction is expected to end and when it began.
Turn-by-turn navigation is currently in beta and will bring you a lot of joy hearing a British guy telling you where to go, after downloading 2 MB filed of course.
My favorite feature on Nokia HERE Maps was the fact that you can save a single map for off-line viewing. This is helpful if you are headed to an area where there is low service and need to download a map. The downside is that it is very data heavy, so downloading the map before you go on WiFi is a must, unless you have unlimited data.
I don’t know if I will be using Nokia HERE Maps as an alternative since I’m one of those people who have no problem with Apple Maps. But if you are one of the many people who have gotten inaccurate directions and such, you might want to give the free Nokia HERE Maps app a gander.
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