Nokia’s iOS 6 Maps Alternative Is HERE, Available On iTunes Now

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Disappointed with iOS 6 Maps but sick of waiting Google to finally get its act together and release a native Maps app on the App Store. Good news: another big name in maps, Nokia, have launched their own native maps app for iOS today. Called Nokia HERE, the app leverages Nokia’s decade-long expertise in mapping and brings it to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, while also offering cool new features like Facebook integration, turn-by-turn directions, the ability to save maps for later, transit directions, and more.

Here are Nokia HERE’s features:

• Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
• Save map areas & wander without data coverage

• In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
• Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries

• Search with history and suggestions
• Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks

• Organize places you love into Collections
• Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
• Sync with Here.net – Access your Collections anywhere

• Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
• Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
• Public transportation and driving directions

We’re putting HERE through its paces, and should have them up later today. At first blush, HERE’s directions seem better to me than iOS 6 Maps, but the tiles are depressingly low-res and I’m not terribly impressed with a maps app that can’t successfully geolocate me when I’m sitting in my house.

You can download Nokia HERE Maps here.

Source: iTunes

  • Linastein

    Pitty i-consumers are so spoiled and stupid. They pay shitloads for a iPhone 5. HERE is a multi billion investment and work intensive product, offered to iPhone owners for FREE. What is the first response. … they are moarning about an low res icon.. OMG.

  • technochick

    Hard to read graphics, almost zero POI, three tries to find my current location on a GPS and WiFi activate device, poor searching for places unless you have exact street address.

    And my fav, just as a test search I looked for Apple Stores in my area. I put in one particular city but it sent me to a different one. When I looked up the address to find the right one and tried the transit route it sent me to the right city but a mall 20 miles away that doesn’t have and has never had a an Apple Store. Oops

    I don’t see this being any better than using Google maps via Safari or Apple maps, particularly with the totally clumsy UI

  • technochick

    Pitty i-consumers are so spoiled and stupid. They pay shitloads for a iPhone 5. HERE is a multi billion investment and work intensive product, offered to iPhone owners for FREE. What is the first response. … they are moarning about an low res icon.. OMG.

    Pity trolls are so dumb. Can’t spell, can’t read. He didn’t say anything about the icon.

    Oh and for a multimillion investment it could use a little quality. This app isn’t all that.
    But nice try on the troll.

  • brownlee

    Hard to read graphics, almost zero POI, three tries to find my current location on a GPS and WiFi activate device, poor searching for places unless you have exact street address.

    And my fav, just as a test search I looked for Apple Stores in my area. I put in one particular city but it sent me to a different one. When I looked up the address to find the right one and tried the transit route it sent me to the right city but a mall 20 miles away that doesn’t have and has never had a an Apple Store. Oops

    I don’t see this being any better than using Google maps via Safari or Apple maps, particularly with the totally clumsy UI

    Sadly, I agree. I was hoping for the best here, but this is definitely not up to the standard of Google Maps. Transit directions make it marginally more useful than iOS 6 Maps though.

  • Cgs101

    the maps look so… ugly