I’ll stick with Google Maps thanks

A quick comparison of central Wellington as depicted in Google Maps (on a Nexus S running Jelly Bean 4.1.1) and in the new Apple Maps (on a 4th Gen iPod Touch running iOS6) that got released yesterday.

First up, Google Maps:

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And now Apple Maps:

Well, if you like it simple I guess and don’t care about all that messy detail! 😛

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OK, how about satellite imagery. Again Wellington, at the intersection of Molesworth St and Lambton Quay near the central bus station and Parliament buildings…

Google Maps (and not at full zoom I might add – I can enlarge this more, but chose this scale for a similar scale comparison with Apple):

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Apple Maps (close to full zoom before losing imagery):

Yikes – that’s a tad blurry!

Now since I had more layer info displayed in the Google Map, here’s the same area in Apple Maps with the Hybrid option turned on:

Hmmm, no thanks – terrible info overlay.

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So, I think that’s pretty convincing. Google Maps is an excellent offering. Apple, not so much! The new iOS maps lack detail while satellite imagery and the hybrid option both at full zoom are poor. And of course if you want Street View imagery you’re now out of luck with Apple Maps. 😦

Needless to say, stories regarding the new maps are all over the tech news today, eg The Verge, Mashable, CNET, BBC

On a positive note however, this is Apple’s first release and Apple’s Maps will improve in time (hopefully soon!). In the meantime, I’d suggest using Google Maps in the browser – Chrome of course! 😉

And for some bonus reading, check out the following story from The Atlantic: How Google Builds Its Maps.

Nice 1st release Apple, but I’ll stick with Google Maps thanks.

Safari vs Chrome on iOS

A little comparison on my 4th gen iPod Touch – Safari on the left, Chrome on the right:

Safari vs Chrome on iOS

Safari 0, Chrome 1. More page real estate ftw! ‘Nuf said.

Flickr vs Picasa – A Quality Comparison

Last year I took a look at Flickr and Picasa (see Photo faceoff: Flickr vs. Picasa) with a view to determine which service was better suited to my future needs for online photo storage and sharing. At the time I concluded Picasa was better than Flickr’s free offering.

Yesterday, a visitor posted a comment on that original entry suggesting that Flickr displays higher quality photos. Initially I was skeptical and thought it might have been something to do with the way the photos were uploaded, or dimension constraints, so decided to check it out myself.

My conclusion? There is NO difference in quality between the two – but there are caveats with that statement.

Click through for comparison shots and further commentary…

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