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Tom's Guide: 12 Alternatives to Apple Maps

It's not secret that the launch of Apple's own-brand mapping application hasn't exactly been smooth. Apple Maps has been marred with bugs and inaccuracies, and even Tim Cook recognizes that you might want to use something else while Apple works to iron out the creases. But what to use? Up until now, iPhone users have had Google Maps out of the box. Now that Apple Maps is less than satisfactory and a Google Maps for iOS 6 app doesn't yet exist, what are your options? Hit up Tom's Guide's '12 Alternatives to Apple Maps' and find out!

With image memes and screencaps lambasting Apple Maps spreading like wildfire, Apple's foray into the navigation apps market has been both a PR nightmare and a source of much amusement to netizens. We've even joined in the fun, highlighting a few visual glitches that tickled our funny bones in this story. In light of the torrent bad reviews and complaints, Apple's CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology for Apple Maps, promising to improve its quality and taking the unprecedented step of recommending products for iPhone owners to use in the mean time. These included Bing, Waze, and Mapquest. Just how good are these Apple Maps alternatives, and what other options are out there?12 Alternatives to Apple Maps

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  • zak_mckraken
    zak_mckraken's Guide : 1 alternative to Apple Maps. Google maps.

    Then again, I don't like the word alternative. It makes it sound like Apple Maps is a viable option.
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  • john15v16
    Squash the issue and just go buy the better device...an android 4+ phone...any android 4+ phone...
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  • aftcomet
    Alternative 13: Get Android.
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  • applerocks
    Alternative 14: Listen to some of the non-biased press like Consumer Reports that says while there are some issues for the most part Apple Maps works very well and is rapidly improving as the back end databases are updated. Most of the images you see and popular misplaced things are now showing up correctly in the system.
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  • john15v16
    Alternative 14: Listen to some of the non-biased press like Consumer Reports that says while there are some issues for the most part Apple Maps works very well and is rapidly improving as the back end databases are updated. Most of the images you see and popular misplaced things are now showing up correctly in the system.

    @applerocks - You seem to be missing the whole case and point...apple replaced an existing app that provided an excellent user experience with an app that was incomplete...replacing excellent with sub-par lackluster user experience...100% opposite of what Steve Jobs would've allowed...

    Apple Maps works very well and is rapidly improving as the back end databases are updated

    point is: Google maps is better now...not possibly sometime in the future as databases are updated...

    Would you agree?
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  • The Google map builds are already leaked. Betcha the new Google map app will be vector based; the old one was not. And betcha it offers turn by turn, which Google refused to provide to Apple. So, soon, IOS users will have the best of both worlds: Apple and Google maps both. Win, win, Apple.
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  • cunneen
    Soon (within the next few days) we'll be able to add EggMaps to the list.

    EggMaps is currently awaiting app store approval. It is a fast, custom interface to Google Maps. See:
    http://www.eggmaps.com
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  • sceen311
    I actually don't mind iOS maps, as I have yet to run into any of these glitches. and it seems to run faster then google maps did. Let the downvote begin!!!
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