Google maps for iOS reviewed

Greetings ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope you all had a fantastic New Year!

I’ve been a bit quiet over the holidays as a lot of things have been going on for me but it’s back to business from today.

My first post for 2013 is one that I have gotton a lot of emails on and it concerns Google maps for iOS.

Let’s get into it.

History:

In iOS 6 Apple removed Google maps and replaced it with there own inferior version of the App.

Suffice it to say it wasn’t one of the best decisions made by the company and even forced CEO Tim Cook to write   a letter of apology to users asking them to try alternative mapping solutions while Apple delt with the issues plaguing Maps in iOS 6.

Enter Google maps. Released by Google not long after iOS’s release it brings all the great features of maps for Android. Oh and it actually works as it should unlike maps for iOS 6.

Design:

When the App is launched for the first time the user is asked to login so that they can sinc there settings between computers and their  iPhone  devices.

The App has a clean layout it is a bit  difficult to navigate   using VoiceOver if your blind.

Having said that I managed to take myself from my place of residence to Footscray and back.

Directions were easy to understand and precise.

Maps are used as needed and are not downloaded to the device saving space on your mobile or tablet.

Overall:

Google maps for iOS is a brilliant mapping solution for those who have hesitated to upgrade to Apple’s newest mobile OS because of mapping issues in the new operating system.

It’s fast, slick, and most important of all functional. Something that can’t be said for maps in iOS 6.

The company is most definitely working to improve maps in iOS but it’s going to take time as Apple isn’t in the mapping business. Meanwhile customers can use Google maps.

Rating:

4.5 stars.

Pros:

Fast and slick, great UI.

Cons:

Has some accessibility and stability issues if one is using the VoiceOver screen reader, no iPad version yet.

Price as reviewed:

Free.

Where to purchase?

From the Apple App store.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-maps/id585027354?mt=8

A look at the Nexus 7

In the last couple of months there has been an avalanche of 7-inch tablets.

Today we have a look at the Nexus 7 which is a collaborative effort between Google and Asus.

Let’s get started.

Design.

Off the bat this tablet feels very well made indeed.

There was no flexing to the screen when I put pressure on the screen.

The back of the device is covered by a grippy material overall this tablet doesn’t feel cheap.

Performance.

Under the hood we have a quad-core processor ram is 2GB.

In every day tasks the tablet performed very well.

Google has done a great job optimising the  Android Jellybean and the experience is fantastic.

Software.

The product comes with Android 4.2 otherwise known as Jellybean.

This is Google’s best version of Android hands down with some recoding and by using project butter smooth Google has managed to bring you the user the most slick version of Android yet with out the custom modification that happens with some Android products.

Conclusion.

I would Thoroughly recommend the Nexus 7 to anyone who is looking for a affordable yet surprisingly capable device.

Android 4.2 has never been better and for the price how can you say no?

Rating:

4.5 stars.

Price as reviewed:

AU249 16GB AU299 32GB.

Manufacturer:

Google Inc.

Where to buy?

Direct from Google