You can cache whole continents of maps for offline access and keep getting It's easy to jump into driving mode from your current location as well. and there's no flyover feature to compare with Apple Maps—but for many.
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Google Maps vs Nokia’s HERE Maps: Android Maps & Navigation (Drive) Shootout
Google Maps is the undisputed leader among map services. Or is it? Not quite. Will it succeed in doing so? It's no wonder either, since the mapping service has quite a few strengths that makes even Google Maps look old. However, Nokia's service looks a little more upbeat and fresh.
Both apps have a fold-out page menu where you will find the settings. In the settings Google Maps seems to show more fine adjustments for the information it displays in Google Maps: In my test Google Maps behaved very well, and you can zoom in much further in Maps than you can in HERE — far beyond what is actually even practical. One other advantage of Google's mapping service is the integration of the excellent Google Earth and Google Street View.
The latter can be incredibly useful when you need it. This is one feature that is sadly lacking from HERE. Both apps also operate similarly. Tapping on a location on the map brings up a card from the bottom of the screen on which more detailed information appears. A two-finger swipe on the screen lowers the bird's-eye-view perspective and brings everything into three dimensions for easier navigating not in all cities though. Again, Google Maps allows a greater immersion in the map with a much higher zoom level. On a side note too, Nokia HERE is missing a landscape mode, so the app does not auto-rotate when you turn the phone to landscape mode.
One difference in the layout shows up when you bring up places like malls or airports. The app will now show you the different levels inside as well as the shops within. Google Maps also allows zooming in without needing to separately ''enter'' an inside view , but the interior view is not as tidy and a little bit overloaded.
Not all buildings allow you inside on both maps either.
Functionally, however, these features are more or less the same. When it comes to finding a connection from one place to another, both apps are pretty similar too, at least from a functional perspective.
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However, in my opinion, the information that Google Maps provides is more relevant and clear. It also offers routes on foot, by car and public transport as well as options for cyclists. Nokia HERE has the same basic options although cyclists miss out on dedicated route-planning. However, HERE offers more fine adjustments for calculating the route. For example, if motorists want to avoid unpaved roads or toll roads. Navigation is similar in both apps too. Navigation from above is unfortunately missing in Nokia HERE, which is a shame because it provides a better overview.
Google Maps on the other hand lets you navigate in traditional street-level view or from a bird's-eye-view. Even voices of different languages can be downloaded for offline use. Back online again, both apps relay traffic information including congestion and road construction involved in your route, so you can expect satisfactory performance from both apps for navigation and route planning.
The possibility of offline navigation is invaluable for many, whether for data savings, battery life or general convenience.
Nokia HERE vs. Google Maps: layout and options
Nokia HERE really shines when it comes to offline usage. The maps of individual states, countries and even entire continents can be downloaded onto the phone and be taken full advantage or even without an internet connection. This possibility is missing almost completely from Google Maps.
While it is possible to save individual map areas in the cache for offline access, these are only small sections and they are cleared from memory after a month.
Without an internet connection, the navigation function or route planning are also unavailable in Google Maps. This is a big difference between the two mapping services. Google Maps clearly covers more places such as shops or hotels and provides much more information, including opening times, photos, reviews and so on. As a search engine giant, Google simply has an enormous wealth of information to which Nokia has no access.
While Google Maps, for example, saw more shops in the neighborhood at just about any place in my tests, it also offered me the actual phone number of randomly selected shops pretty much everywhere. Nokia HERE however, only provided select phone numbers. This may be nitpicking a difference in detail, but it is important depending on how you use your maps and it is characteristic of the different depth of information available within the two map services. Google Maps also benefits from another function of the search engine's expertise: The voice command opportunities in Google Maps alone are worth it.
Overall, Google Maps is the clear winner for me. The reason is that Google simply has noticeably more information and knowledge, making its maps an all-round better service.
However, this has a major limitation: Therefore, my recommendation is simply to have both services on the smartphone, depending on your map habits. Nokia Transport: The app provides an overview of how to get, within city limits, from A to B using public transportation. Walk directions are displayed to help you get to the next stop and from the last stop to your destination. Conveniently enough, you can also pin a favourite destination to start and always know how to get there from anywhere in the city. Great thing is now it is available over the Windows Marketplace.
But If you have been involved in the Beta testing of this apps,you will have to uninstall that version to install this final released version from Marketplace. It is possible to create a list of all the places you want to visit in a city. Easier to share place details and how to get there via SMS, email or social networks. Just use the live traffic view, which is available next to the map, satellite and public transport views. When you plan a journey with trains and buses, you can now tap on each waypoint shown on the map to get immediately more information.