Nokia Here Maps lands on iOS

Maps Here, there, and everywhere...
Darren Allan

November 21, 2012
iPhone 5

If you’re an iPhone user and fed up with Apple’s infamously patchy new mapping service which arrived with iOS 6 (and the iPhone 5), then a new Nokia alternative is now available on both the iPhone and iPad.

Here Maps is the somewhat lacklustre name for the app, which is now available to download on iTunes.

This move comes ahead of Google getting ready to release its own Maps app for the iPhone (after Apple gave it the boot as the default navigation system with iOS 6).

Nokia’s maps app is based on NAVTEQ map data, which is used in the majority of in-car sat-nav systems globally.

It provides car navigation, directions for those on foot, plus public transport directions, and the best part of 200 countries are covered worldwide. Map and satellite views are provided, along with a live traffic view so you can avoid any big snarl-ups in your near vicinity.

A full search function includes suggestions, and sharing facilities mean you can tap to share a location and directions to it via text, email, or over a social network.

It sounds like a pretty fully-featured app, and there are also community-driven bonus extras, such as local maps of points of interest created and updated by users of the system.

There are weaknesses here, though. While the app does boast turn-by-turn directions for when you’re on foot, it doesn’t in the car.

Also, some early users have criticised the public transport directions as being rather dubious at times. Still, hopefully these are issues that can be ironed out.


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