• Nokia's HERE Maps for iOS Now Available for Download

    As ModMyi reported last week, Nokia had an interest in bringing their HTML5 HERE mapping service to the iOS App Store. The app was expected to take a few weeks to get approved, but HERE is now available in the App Store for free today!

    HERE brings Nokia’s flavor of navigation to iOS. It includes support for bus routes, car routes, and walking routes. For walking routes, you will be able to receive voice navigation. Unfortunately, the bus routes and car routes do not include voice navigation, so you’ll have to use an alternative such as Apple’s Maps or Waze to get voice navigation in the car.

    Upon starting a route and selecting the walk button from the top left, you’ll notice a Play button. This button is used to initiate the voice navigation. HERE will be sure to alert you to pay attention to your surroundings while using the feature, because it's easy to get distracted by your phone while walking. The walking navigation is currently in its beta stages, so you can expect a few hiccups.

    Nokia’s HERE maps will keep a history of your searches that will help with suggestions in the future as you type locations. It will also allow you to save map views so you can use them offline.

    The satellite view has nice coloring and decent clarity with labels:

    You can pick between map view, live traffic view, public transport line view, or satellite view. The maps are slightly sluggish in zooming in and out and certainly aren’t as zippy as Apple’s maps. The maps are also not optimized for the retina display, so they appear rather blurry. For some, this might be extremely annoying. On the other hand, at least the app supports the iPhone 5's four-inch display.

    Judging the app from some first impressions, it might need some work, but it should be enough to get those angry about Apple’s Maps over the hump. You can download Nokia’s HERE maps app from this think.

    Sources: App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nokia's HERE Maps for iOS Now Available for Download started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Didn't like it.
    1. micaiah12's Avatar
      micaiah12 -
      Yep, it was pretty much trash.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Not that great...
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Tried it, removed it. Choose two local stores to test routes. One it got ok, the other took me through my backyard, over a fence to the next street (oh, and it had my location wrong- apparently I live two doors down), down two blocks, and then, instead of continuing in a straight line for one more block to the location, it showed a route that went left a block, right a block, up a block. Ooops.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      I downloaded it, searched for the route to my school and got a weird route myself. Deleted it as well. I am happy with the google( 5.0.1).
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Funny how Apple failed with there "Maps" app and now everyone is trying to give an option haha! Guess its worse..i'll pass :]
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Maps without turn-by-turn voice navigation is a bad decision. The bus route I can understand but the car part is ridiculous. Accident waiting to happen.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Terrible reviews, why promote this loser?
    1. clive.weller's Avatar
      clive.weller -
      Dreadful Ap. Loaded it, tried it and immediately deleted it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I just use the Maps app that my iPhone 5 came with because there's nothing wrong with it..........
    1. ttiger's Avatar
      ttiger -
      This is crap. Was it made by Apple?
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I just use the Maps app that my iPhone 5 came with because there's nothing wrong with it..........
      That depends on where you're using it I guess. It's 2 hours off on my home address. I keep testing it hoping it gets fixed soon.
      Not a issue for me since I've been using Navigon since the 3GS.
      I didn't try Here Maps just because the screenshots for the app look like crap, the reviews are saying how bad it is. I can see why it is free.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      I downloaded this map,, and it looks so old fashion,, lol horrible...and I tried the apple maps app., and got me close, to my destination , but 3 buildings away... Bring google maps back...
    1. Dgow452's Avatar
      Dgow452 -
      Same here in s/w Ontario

      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I just use the Maps app that my iPhone 5 came with because there's nothing wrong with it..........
      Same here
    1. yearoftherat's Avatar
      yearoftherat -
      Just horrible...Waze is soo much better.
    1. Googly2moogly's Avatar
      Googly2moogly -
      Tomtom still rocks!
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Like everyone I tried it and deleted it! Way better maps on AppStore, Nokia shouldn't have bothered. I wish I could use my apple maps like some but it's dreadful
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      Quote Originally Posted by yearoftherat View Post
      Just horrible...Waze is soo much better.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      I just wish I could go back to google maps. Apple really should cut a deal with them to license it. Apple maps is absolute garbage.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      What's up with the fake iPhone 5 for the pictures?
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