Nokia's HERE maps are, uh, here, available for the iPhone in the Apple store today, so it's time to see how the app stands up to both Apple's much-maligned native Maps and Google Maps for iPhone. We know, we know: Google Maps for iPhone doesn't exist, you say — not for the public, at least. But a lot of iPhones out there (mine included) still have the old operating system installed, with the beloved Google Maps as its default (R.I.P). The iOS app that Google is reportedly working on — and will attempt to get Apple to accept early next year — might not look exactly like the old Google Maps, with turn-by-turn directions and a spiffed-up look, but it will use the same Google trove of data, and we think it serves as a pretty good model for what to expect... and for a comparison test. So, I went ahead and tested the three apps with some common tasks. And, sadly, I would not recommend Nokia's maps over Apple's or Google's mostly because the overall usability doesn't do it. It's not even worth it for the subway directions. Don't believe me, see for yourself, feature-by-feature.
Stuff on Map
(Pictured, from left to right: Nokia, Apple, Google)
Runner Up: Apple
Just look at the photos of the same area in Washington, DC, near the Foggy Bottom metro stop. The Google one (far right) has tons of information about stores and buildings and establishments, Nokia has not much besides the metro stop. Those little cameras reveal more information about those spots, but there are still only two of them in that area. Even Apple has more information, giving us some local eateries and the Whole Foods.