Remember MapQuest? You know, it was everyone's Google Maps before Google had ever invented Google Maps?
Well, now's your chance to get reacquainted, as MapQuest has recently launched a brand-new HTML5 mobile browser experience for iPhones and Android devices. With its more intuitive navigation and new features, the updated mobile site might just push MapQuest back into the realm of relevance.
So why would you want to use this revamped MapQuest rather than Google Maps? For one, when you get directions using MapQuest, the site gives you landmarks in addition to street names and numbers. For instance, it'll tell you that "Bangkok Noodles is on the right" and "if you reach Cyril Magnin Street, you've gone a little too far." This is a huge feature that I had been hoping Google Maps would implement for a long time.
Also, the new mobile site makes it easier than ever to find hotels, food, gas stations, and more, since all of the search options are presented right at the bottom of the main interface. Tap a category and you can get ratings and reviews for restaurants and hotels or gas prices for stations in your area.
One other feature I like is the ability to choose your own "you are here" icon. It's not all that useful, but it does add to the overall experience.
While the new MapQuest mobile site doesn't function quite as well as a native app, it's still a remarkable improvement over its previous iteration. And since iOS users don't have a native Google Maps app to rely on, they might want to pay extra attention.
Check out the new MapQuest mobile site now by navigating to MapQuest.com on your mobile browser.