Navigation Upset of the Century: Apple Maps was Right, Google Maps was Wrong

The drive onto the Manhattan bridge is a bumpy one.

If you felt out of sorts yesterday, it may have been the mobile navigation world getting turned on its head – or just a case of the Mondays. At least in my part of the world, I was shocked and awed when Google Maps led me astray and Apple Maps came to the rescue.

I have an iPhone 4S, and life as an iPhoner was peachy until the iOS 6 update. I don’t use 3D mapping, so I’m not bothered if Apple Maps depicts a bridge in Europe melting into the Abyss. However, the lack of subway stations is frustrating. And I was annoyed when the GPS had me doing U-turn donuts in Brooklyn.

I had a client meeting in Westhampton. With the Brooklyn snafu fresh in my mind, I went old school and printed directions from Google Maps. The sheet of printer paper sat loyally in the passenger seat and guided me to the hamlet of Westhampton.

On the last stretch, the G-Directions said I had 4.7 miles to go before turning right on Lincoln Street. Then I’d turn right on Arthur Street to get to my destination.

However, Lincoln Street was a dead end! Google Maps had it extending over someone’s property. Here’s how Google should see it; Lincoln doesn’t connect to Arthur.

I was at a loss. I pinched myself. I held up my left hand to make sure my index finger and thumb still made an ‘L’. I checked the time to see if I’d fallen out of the space-time continuum into the Twilight Zone. Then, I checked Apple Maps.

Apple Maps told me that Lincoln Street was indeed a dead end. I had to go one street further and turn right onto Oneck Lane, and then right onto Arthur. I followed along and got to my client meeting on time.

Yesterday, it was Apple Maps 1, Google Maps 0 for me. I love my Google products, but maybe Apple Maps has won me over. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting to attend in – let’s see here – the middle of the East River.

images via Google, TomTom, Apple

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