Here Maps

The Good Nokia's Here Maps app has good local search, directions for driving, walking, and public transit, and a great way to save locations in collections.

The Bad There is no visual component like Street View or 3D views. The app bumps you to Safari for full reviews of locations. The app feels like a Web-based option.

The Bottom Line The Here Maps app does a pretty good job with most of what you would want in a navigation app, but various issues and a lack of visual options like Street View make it only a passable substitute for what is already available.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 9.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Interface 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.6 Overall

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Review

Here gets you there, but it's not perfect

Nokia's Here Maps app covers the navigation basics fairly well, but various issues in this early iteration make it a poor substitute for either Google's Web-based offering, Apple's Maps app, or even other third-party map and search options.

Map views
You have a number of options for viewing maps. A layers button in the lower right brings up a menu with two buttons at the top for switching between map views and toggling traffic incidents. Map viewing options let you choose between standard map, satellite, public transit, and Live traffic views. Most work as you would expect, but in my particular location in the San Francisco Bay Area, the public transit view only showed the light rail (BART), but had no bus maps or information. When you search for a location and choose public transit, the app will show you bus lines to take on your route, but it seems odd to have a dedicated public transit view layer if you're not going to show all the public transit information.

The Traffic view section lets you toggle traffic incidents like accidents, congestion, and construction that show up as icons to give you advance warning on the map. The app shows heavy traffic spots using yellow and red overlay lines on the route, though it was unreliable in my testing, sometimes giving no indicators when the traffic was obviously bad (Nokia admits this feature is still in beta).

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