The Good Google Maps for iOS has a brilliant new interface, turn-by-turn directions and Street View. Location search is accurate, and the Explore features help you find just what you're looking for.
The Bad The 3D satellite view requires switching to the Google Earth app, and some aspects of the interface aren't immediately obvious.
The Bottom Line With its iOS Maps app, Google sets the standard for what mobile navigation should be and more.
The king of maps keeps getting better
Editors' note: This review was updated on November 6, 2014, with features from the latest version.
Google Maps for iOS continues to lead the navigation category over Apple Maps, with further refinements after the big release of version 3.0 that included convenient ways to explore your location, enhanced navigation tools and the addition of starred ratings. While Apple Maps has admittedly gotten somewhat better over the course of its existence, Google Maps remains the best navigation app available on the device, and it keeps getting better.
The interface is exceptionally clean and intuitive, and turn-by-turn directions with voice, Street View, more points of interest in the POI database and Google's mapping accuracy sweeten the pot. Oh, and don't forget the cherry on top: transit directions, a feature that Apple Maps continues to lack without third-party help.
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