Nokia Maps is better than Google Maps and iOS Maps, if Nokia is to be believed

iOS 6 has seen the boot of Google Maps from iOS and the introduction of a replacement, iOS Maps. News has been rolling in of how pathetically incomplete iOS Maps is with Apple even conceding that it is a work in progress. In the failure of iOS Maps Nokia smells blood and is going for the kill with a claim that Nokia Maps, the navigation app available on Nokia Windows Phone devices, is better than not only iOS Maps but also Google Maps.

According to a blog post by Nokia, Nokia Maps is better than the competition for multiple reasons:

  • “Location business is strategic to Nokia”
  • Nokia Maps is “running on the world’s most advanced location platform”
  • Nokia “completely own[s], build[s] and distribute[s] [the] mapping content, platform and apps” while Nokia’s competitors finance “their location assets with advertising or licensing mapping content from third parties”.
  • Nokia ” truly understand[s] that maps and location-based apps must be accurate, provide the best quality and be accessible basically anywhere”.
  • Nokia navigation apps “are built on the most accurate, automotive-grade Navteq maps, meticulously developed by over 20 years of know-how”.

If that doesn’t convince you, Nokia has thrown in a feature comparison along with a map showing which countries are covered by Nokia’s turn-by-turn navigation to show that Nokia Maps indeed is better than Google Maps and iOS Maps:

As if that isn’t enough, Nokia also wants you to know third-parties agree that Nokia has the best navigation apps. The blog post is sure to mention what Tim Shepherd, senior analyst at Canalys (a well-known analyst firm), thinks of navigation features offered by Nokia:

Nokia’s suite of location-aware apps and services on its new Lumia devices put it in a clear lead over its competitors in terms of the depth, breadth and integration of the mapping, navigation and transport experiences it can offer. It also leads in terms of the global coverage it provides.

Seeing as Nokia Maps and the like is only available on Nokia Lumias, I have not and probably never will put Nokia’s claims to the test. I was born a MapQuest map and became a Google Maps convert; I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon unless Nokia decides to open its apps to platforms other than Windows Phone. Still, Nokia has what looks like a convincing argument — especially for those living outside Europe and the United States. I wonder if Google has a rebuttal.

If you have ever used Nokia Maps, Google Maps, or iOS Maps, be sure to tell us about your experience with the apps in the comments below.

[via Nokia]

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  • mukhi

    nokia offline map is pretty good. one of the reasons (the other may be quickoffice) to have nokia symbian belle.

  • J.L.

    @Duong Nguyen: Read properly the if only, and the whole paragraph, instead of focusing on a single word. We’ve all done that, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try harder.

    As for CoPilot, it’s not really for a non-traveller like myself.

  • Duong Nguyen

    @J.L.: I’m not sure why you think they are worthless. Have you tried CoPilot (free or paid version)? It offers everything that Google Maps has (except for live traffic and transit which requires data to do properly) with the added bonus that it works without an active data connection. The North America map is about 1.3G download which is also available in their free version.

  • J.L.

    @Duong Nguyen: Worthless if only Google Maps just allows downloads of larger areas.
    They probably limited it to save bandwidth due to sheer amount of users, at least until the next major server upgrade and internet riot.

  • Duong Nguyen

    @Jyo: Try NavFree or CoPilot from the Play store for offline GPS. The basic version is free but there’s also a paid version. You’ll need a wi-fi connection to download the maps that you want (done once after install) but after that your phone is like any other GPS.

  • I love how apple completely forgot about Australia, yet we will be forced to use the new maps.

  • willyneu

    I just bought an unlocked Nokia phone which can be used on either AT&T or T-Mobile with a 3G Sim card. Having Wi-Fi means I do not need to have to use a data plan, if not needed. As for the GPS, merely down load the country or states in the USA & once the the signal is acquired, it works like most any other GPS. I tried it the other day a couple of times while having my Garmin doing the samething.

  • J.L.

    You can read GPS coordinates offline on Android, if you can understand them. I use Elixir2 for that.

  • Jyo

    You’re right, I should’ve said Google Maps (or any Android maps app) that works without data connection (just like Nokia’s). Sometimes you need to use it on the spot, so loading it from offline in advance won’t always be ideal.

  • Ashraf

    @Jyo: As far as I understand it, GPS does *not* require an active data connection — loading maps in Google Maps does. So if you download maps for offline usage, you should be able to use GPS + Google Maps without a data connection.

  • Jyo

    GPS without data is the one thing that I will keep wishing for but probably never get on Android.