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Top message:  wow how much did apple pay you? by ajac09   Sep 23, 2012, 7:58 PM

Replying to:  Re: Alternately... by T Bone   Sep 23, 2012, 9:28 PM

Maps

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Sep 24, 2012, 9:58 AM

We can tell you about our experience. My experience has been similar to Eric's.

There are plenty of anecdotes about bad data. I don't doubt them.

But in a review, it's our job to actually test it, not just report what people are saying elsewhere. It's not our place to jump on any bandwagon. We tested it, and it worked the way we described. You should absolutely listen to what everyone - not just us - says if you want to make an informed decision.

You have to appreciate that Apple is trying to map everything on the whole planet. That's one of the more ambitious projects any company can undertake. If they get 0.01% of the data wrong, that's impressive accuracy, but still a whole lot of bad data. I don't know what the percentage is, but if it works well over 99% of the time, like it did for us, that's the kind of information we're trying to report in our review. We hope it's useful. You should absolutely still listen to what others are saying. If someone else had a terrible Maps experience, we're not saying they're wrong or you should ignore them. They had a different experience. You should listen to everyone.

Is Apple's Maps a decent mapping service? We think so. It's not perfect. (Is Google Maps better? Absolutely.)

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