Walt Mossberg’s take on the free Google Maps app for iPhone.
Google’s rich, reliable Maps app is back on the iPhone, and that means iPhone users can stop relying on the flawed, fledgling Apple maps app that replaced it as a built-in feature in September.
The new iPhone version of Google Maps isn’t just better than Apple Maps. For now, at least, Google Maps is better in most respects on the iPhone than it is on Android phones. It has been redesigned with a cleaner, simpler user interface that makes it easier to use. Google officials say they took the sudden need to build a new iPhone version as an opportunity to rethink the popular app from the ground up.
The new Google Maps is fast and elegant, with Street View, traffic, and transit, but, remarkably, still has a few location flaws, which Uncle Walt points out.