Windows Phone 7 Marketplace gets two new mapping apps
The first application is called Advanced Maps Viewer. Unfortunately it isn’t a free app, but at only .99 cents it won’t really burn a hole in your pocket either. Despite this applications lack of routing capabilities, it uses Google Maps. This includes Street, Satellite, Hybrid and Physical maps view in addition to geo-locating.
The second application is called JustAnotherMaps and will run you $1.29, but you will unfortunately have to deal with a trial period. This app does not utilize Google Maps like Advance Maps Viewer does, but it does use OpenStreetMap which has the ability for routing and searching. Oddly enough it is lacking any type of “find me” or “locate me” feature. Most other apps like Bing Maps and Google Maps have this feature, which makes it much easier for your phone to hone in on your GPS location.
So there are definitely choices if Bing Maps isn’t satisfying your phones GPS needs. Neither of these apps that are now found in the WP7 Marketplace are free, but they won’t bankrupt you either. If you have given either of these apps a try, tell us what you think of them in the comments below.
1. DrewSadik (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Nov 2010)
I tried Advanced Map User, not because I didn't like Bing Maps, but because I wanted to try it. And I definitely liked Bing Maps better. I even think Bing Maps is slightly better than Google Maps, especially with turn-by-turn directions coming soon.
2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Well, not to sound weird or anything, but Bing is a great app. I will be the first to admit, at first it was slow, and had less features, and crashed and froze a lot. But it has developed into a lovely product. My Bing application is actually more reliable than the Google Maps application, and I would prefer it to any GPS application I've used so far.
I am always open to innovation and newer and better (more efficient, accurate) applications. But as of now, Bing does the job. Bing does the job very well.
I have to give respect where it is due.
3. apocalypsebc (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Bing maps is great but Google maps is great as well. Google maps offer voice turn by turn navigation with street view which is outstanding. Bing maps just got street view for certain areas and soon Bing will have voice turn by turn voice navigation.