If you, like many others, have not been pleased with Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6, you’ll be happy to know that Nokia is getting in on the maps action. Late last night, Nokia released its HERE Maps app for iPhone and iPad, bringing Navteq-based map and POI data to the App Store.
HERE Maps provides most of the basics if you’re a fan of the pre-iOS 6 Maps app that used Google’s data, including a satellite map view, live traffic information, step-by-step navigation directions, and public transportation guidance. Going beyond this, HERE Maps lets you save map sections for offline use later, which could be handy if you’re traveling internationally and don’t want to incur data roaming charges. Turn-by-turn voice navigation is also on board, though only for walking directions.
As a former Nokia smartphone user, HERE feels familiar with the standard Nokia font and color palette to me. The map images and text aren’t very crisp on the iPhone 5’s retina display though the offline feature is certainly a boon. It’s definitely a contender if you’re looking for an alternative to the built-in Maps app in iOS 6 (in addition to several other apps listed in our round-up).
HERE Maps is a free download and requires iOS 4.3 or later. It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and is optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen to boot.