iPhone users may find some relief with the recent announcement of the free Nokia HERE Maps for iPhone. This version of Nokia HERE Maps is based on HTML5, which may raise a red flag for those who prefer native applications for performance reasons, but Nokia’s live demonstration looked pretty good – better than using Google Maps in web mode, which we tried during a recent overseas trip.
This version of Nokia Maps features everything that Windows Phone users are already familiar with, including the public transportation data that is still missing from Apple Maps. The design of the maps themselves is arguably not as nice as Apple’s or Google’s, but this is a case where functionality may ultimately trump “pretty”, that’s really up to each user to decide but at the very least, it’s a nice option to have.
Nokia Maps has been submitted to the App Store and it is pending approval from Apple. It’s free, so there’s really no downside in trying it. Keep an eye on the Apple store for this one, we know that we’ll take it for a spin when it is available.