The uproar and noise over Apple’s new Maps app wasn’t surprising. Apple gets dissed by tech pundits even when the company produces a revolutionary device or option, so it stands to reason they’ll get crucified when a new product or function isn’t perfect.
So it is with Mapsgate. Apple and Google couldn’t agree on a deal regarding Google’s highly touted Maps data (Apple created the app that displayed Google data), so the company built there own. The only problem?
Apple Maps wasn’t quite ready for prime time.
After the uproar over Apple Maps became boring, iPhone and iPad users found much to like about the new app. It’s far faster to download than Google Maps. It uses less data than Google Maps. And it caches more data for better offline map viewing.
Still, one big, important item is missing. Transit directions. I’m a city girl who doesn’t even own a car, so transit directions help me to navigate my asphalt jungle home.
For that I use HopStop, the transit directions app for the iPhone.
HopStop is all about transit. Subway, bus, taxi, even walking and biking (and combinations of each). Start with directions from your current location to any destination using transit stops.
Simple enter the destination, and HopStop maps nearby bus stops and subway stops, and estimates travel time (and even cost of taxi, as well as an option to call a taxi).
HopStop has a Smart Route option to take alternate routes. It pulls up addresses from Contacts, and even saves recent searches and directions in MyTrips.
I travel often and find HopStop to be more useful than using the old Google Maps in iOS 5. The only negative is the number of markets. HopStop has almost 100 U.S., Canada, and a few European cities, and pulls data from dozens of transit agencies into the app.
Apple Maps may not have decent transit details, but who cares? HopStop is free and works very well in supported locations.