Last week Nokia introduced the new HERE brand to ”deliver the world’s best maps and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems.” In the press release Nokia also announced that an dedicated iOS App will be shortly available. That application supports offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. Since yesterday this app is available in the App Store for free.
No doubt, Nokia has experience in the navigation business and is offering on its Symbian and Windows Phone devices superb applications to get from A to B. However, looking the the new HERE application on my iPad I am quite disappointed!
Just like Apple’s own Maps application the satellite view on HERE isn’t really ready yet. In big cities like Berlin it is just fine, but in smaller cities like the hometown of Volkswagen – Wolfsburg – it looks horrible: