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Nokia Maps for iPhone has (almost) everything Apple Maps doesn't

A screen shot of Apple maps

A screen shot of Apple maps // Donald King/AP

Nokia announced it will bring its maps to both iOS and Android phones, releasing a mobile app called Here, which should have iPhone iOS 6 users elated because it will bring everything the loathed Apple Maps took away from Google Maps users. Apple Maps doesn't deliver for a few key reasons: It lacks data, it doesn't have public transportation directions, and it doesn't have street view—all things that made Google Maps useful. And all things iPhone users lose when they upgrade to iOS 6, which features Apple Maps instead of Google's. Nokia Maps has two of those things and it sounds like the third one is coming soon. The app will be available in the "coming weeks," says Nokia. But, for those who want to check it out now, it's available on browsers or on phones through this link here

As much if not more data than Google Maps. Apple Maps gets things wrong because it doesn't know things. Use will help make this better. (Apple just added a more prominent bug reporting feature with its latest iOS update, which should expedite this process.) But, in addition to this, like Google, Nokia has people driving around Street View-like NAVTEQ cars getting physical data for Here, as The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal explained. It also has the help of delivery truck systems and other "commercial fleets," all of which led Madrigal to conclude "Nokia Better Maps Than Apple and Maybe Even Google." 

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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