Finding your way

19 Dec, 2012

Google Maps We went to Rome over the weekend. Despite the weather (mild but wet), gelato seemed one of the higher priorities - a task that was more difficult than you might expect, when you want to go to one of the more famous Italian ice cream parlours, and you're relying on the slightly oddly printed tourist maps (with occasional irritatingly positioned advertising boxes). Apple's Maps isn't bad, at a high level, and I like the way it saves prior searches, but in order to see the street names, you need to zoom in far too close to get a good idea of where you're going next (at times).

Giolitti Google Maps doesn't save prior searches (unless you're logged in, I believe), but it offers a number of alternative walking routes (useful for tourist wanderings), and seems to do a better job of highlighting street names. In addition, with data roaming switched off, it didn't stumble after first downloading the maps on Wi-Fi - I don't think Apple Maps was quite as good. I haven't quite dragged it to my front screen to replace Maps yet - but I'm wavering...

On iOS 6 Maps

23 Sep, 2012

iOS 6 map showing Bangkok streets One interesting thing I've noticed with the new Maps app in iOS 6 is that (unlike Google Maps) there's no longer an English translation for streets in Bangkok (or if there is I haven't found how to switch it on yet). I've tried searching for the common English spellings for some streets and it appears to work - but doesn't seem quite as accurate. And if you don't read Thai, when Maps isn't showing you the correct street, you won't be able to tell anyway. So, much as I like the look of Apple's efforts, I think what I really want is a native Google Maps app, with offline map storage...

Update: although it sounds like perhaps iOS Maps will be better for offline navigation anyway.