Sunday, 23 September 2012

Best iPhone 5 and iOS 6 app

Best iPhone 5 app

So you have unboxed your iPhone 5, nice, or seized the opportunity to install iOS 6 finally and pretend you don't care; (yes, we see through that) and like the new integration of photos with other apps and other general improvements, or as Apple are probably calling it "a revolution all over again" of similar.

iPhone 5 map App flap

While we did not see the above headline in a tabloid newspaper or sensationalist blog (sorry, could not resist) witty exposes like these could not escape you; like this one so wittily pointed out in a London underground station recently - that you may want to pick up a paper map instead.
For some not as amusing as others - but Google maps are still to hand!

iPhone 5 & iOS6 map app alternatives

So what to do? Well, while looking (again) for a decent Google chat / google apps app I came across a golden oldie - google maps, for iPhone. I used to download this from m.google.com when testing feature phones around 2005+ however never thought I would need to use it on my high end smart phone...

Ahem... enter the next revolution that changes everything again... only this time a universal view of not for the better... of is it??? I also remembered that I used to download Google maps on my Nokia N95 for long rides in the middle of nowhere as well, as I could be more sure of it caching the images I wanted along the route, without having to download the whole of the south of England and Wales...
HTML5 vs Native rages on - is google maps web app better than iOS 6 mapping?

Update: Google Maps App for iPhone available

Google took a while (or approval was slow...) or app developers more mature with roadmap but the release of the native map took its time... while its much, much better than its woeful embeded equivalent (lost me the only twice I tried to use directions) it is not exactly the most intuitive of apps when it comes to directions:
Toggling between map and directions needs refining
And then there is the directions themselves... in short, the original embed app was way slicker... and in fact I sometimes go back to the web app instead (quicker when network weak!)...

Mobile Maps Apps enter the HTML5 vs. Native fray

What this does do is it opens up the whole HTML5 vs. Native debate again, which I have heard / spotted increasingly more over the last year and with wider audiences, both in person and on social networks: with train times on android being quicker from national rail than via the already open and prompted app, and not to mention facebook and other high demand sites often coping better via html than via apps.

Take up the map app challenge and see which one is quicker to the draw (pun fully intended, and even phase constructed just to do this pun, sorry). But it does not stop there:
HTML5 web apps are not only often quicker to the draw, but they are also often quicker to add layers as well
Not only are these apps quicker to pinpoint you and draw the map around you, but they can also be quicker at adding detail, like satellite, which maybe cached differently, and even details that you may not get on other apps... like cycling routes!

And for thee record, the only way I can use aliases properly and sometimes find old emails is by signing into google apps on the mobile web as well... any others I have missed? Any more newcomers with iPhone5?

I love it when a moment of "hang on, I have not done this since 2005" turns into "hang on, this is actually better than 2012"... in many things in life, taking a step back can help you see the way forward - just not if it happens too often!

You may interested in my article on HTML5 vs. Native as well