Nokia’s Here Maps For iOS Hits The App Store

nokia-here-maps-iconNokia’s mapping service, rebranded has “Here” earlier this month, has hit the App Store in the form of an iOS app with features that Nokia hopes will rival the native iOS 6 Maps app.

To the disappointment of many, the app is based on HTML5 technologies, unlike the iOS 6 maps app, which is completely native. While Nokia benefits from the use of cross-compatible HTML5 technologies, performance isn’t as snappy as the vector based iOS 6 Maps app.

To its credit, Nokia does have a lot of experience in mapping, largely due to its acquisition of Navteq. In Here Maps’ App Store description, Nokia touts following features of the app:

• Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
• Save map areas & wander without data coverage
• In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
• Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries
• Search with history and suggestions
• Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks
• Organize places you love into Collections
• Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
• Sync with – Access your Collections anywhere
• Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
• Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
• Public transportation and driving directions


Nokia’s Here Maps

While iOS 6 users eagerly await for Google’s mapping solution to arrive as a native app on the App Store, Here Maps seems like another solution that you can try in the meantime. Here Maps for iOS can be downloaded by heading over to this App Store link.

The app is very rough around the edges, and doesn’t seem to have great satellite imagery either. How does it fare around your place of residence?

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  • Way now

    Whereis is the absolute best nav app available, even before the removal of google maps. Unfortunately it’s only for Australian users.

  • Andrew

    I live in Boston and I haven’t had one problem with apple maps.

    • Hroma

      Me either, and I live in the caribbean.

    • djman10

      I live in Queens, in New York City. Apple maps can NOT find my address no matter how I enter it, including with or without zip code. But it’s understandable. It’s not like New York city is a major city. (These last two sentences are sarcastic, for those who don’t know what New York city is)

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    I havnt had any problems either, and I use it a lot every day

  • Gpsman

    I’ll try it on my December cruise between Florida and Chile to see if it will work without a data connection/wifi. I have already saved a 7 MB map on my 4S

  • Ranj0e

    IOS6 map is definitely much better than Nokia’s. I uninstalled itimmediately after a few minutes of forcing myself to like it.

    • Rounak Jain

      However bad Apple’s data might be, they absolutely killed it on performance. Zooming and panning is silky smooth, even on my iPhone 4.

  • Tris Hussey

    The app seems very spartan to me. I’ll have to test it more, but I have to say it doesn’t blow me away at first launch.

  • wolverinemarky

    wow this is a crappy app i was expecting a lot more doubt i will be using nokia maps

  • Chris Emry

    Crap app.

  • Chris Emry

    Apple Maps much better