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Apple's attempt at creating its own mapping app didn't start out on the right foot and could certainly use a bit more tweaking, but, thankfully, Google has stepped in to provide frustrated users with an iPhone version of its popular mapping service.

Google Maps for iOS first asks you to sign in to save your favorite places and to access past searches. You can opt to skip that step, however. The main screen is stripped down so that you can get a full view of the map. A search bar resides at the top, and you can tap the arrow icon to find directions from your current location. A very nondescript tab in the lower-right corner gives you up-to-date traffic and public transit information (if you have it in your location), and we were able to view our street in detail using the Satellite feature. In a matter of seconds, we had directions from our location to another across town, and were able to view our options for walking, driving, or taking public transportation. Once we chose our route, we tapped Start, and the voice-guided directions gave enough detail that we made it to our location pretty much right on target -- a definite improvement over our experience with Apple Maps, which got us completely turned around while trying to navigate downtown St. Louis.

We highly recommend Google Maps for iOS to all users.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very Disappointing"

    January 7, 2013  |   By taiwankima

    Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

    Pros

    It's better than nothing. At least the map has English and Chinese street names.

    Cons

    In Taiwan, the English version isn't 100% in English. I can't read Chinese so when I want a route, the commands are in English but the street names are all in Chinese. That's not helpful. By the way, the street map has all the streets in English and Chinese. So why can't they put the street names in English for the route also. Instead, it'll say, go three blocks to XXXXXXX street and then turn right on XXXXXXXX street.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WAY BETTER THAN APPLE MAPS!!"

    December 18, 2012  |   By mxstoodio

    Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

    Pros

    accurate
    live traffic condition
    very detailed (even shows bus stops)
    voice guide, turn by turn
    street view
    public transport guide

    Cons

    ...
    ...
    can't think of any

    Summary

    truly awesome tool!! more accurate and more detailed than Google maps in the previous iOS... and if u sign in with your google account u get all the location browsing history from your Chrome account... finally!! no more getting lost!! lol

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it is absolute crap"

    December 18, 2012  |   By TylerTile

    Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

    Pros

    i can say it in one word
    none

    Cons

    this i can also say in one word
    crap

    Summary

    once you download, you'll delete it, hate it, hittable. Not user friendly

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