Google Maps Mobile vs. Microsoft Live Search Mobile

Google Maps Mobile no My Location

Google and Microsoft both recently released new mobile mapping services: Google Maps Mobile and Microsoft Live Search Mobile. Google Maps seems to respond and refresh the screen faster (compared on the same device using the same network). But, its new My Location feature that tries to figure out your location without a GPS didn’t work for me. I tried it in two locations about 10 miles apart.

Here’s what surprised me though. I generally use Google Maps when using a desktop or notebook PC. And, I might use Google Maps Mobile if I were actually looking for a specific place for which I already have an address and just need to know where it is located geographically. However, I think the Live Search Categories, Movies, and Gas Prices features invites more exploration to see what’s around as a simple interesting exercise.

There are  couple of things about Live Search Mobile that irritates me though. The fonts on a Smartphone (I use a Dash) are too small for my aging eyes. They look ok on a Pocket PC with a 640×480 screen though. I also found that characters were disappearing and reappearing for every character I typed when searching over an EDGE connection. It was not as noticeable when using a WiFi connection. The speech recognition is if-fy in noisy environments (I tested that aspect in a Starbucks). It seems to be reasonably good in a perfectly quiet room though (but how often to we have that luxury?).

2 thoughts on “Google Maps Mobile vs. Microsoft Live Search Mobile

  1. Michael

    I have to agree with Louis. Live Maps is far superior to Gmaps on the mobile platform.

    So the only thing you can you liked about Live Maps is the categories? Hmm. There’s way more too it.

    Live Maps is also far superior to Gmaps on the desktop. Full color 3D cities, birds-eye view, 3D tours, better aerial imagery, and just plain better looking road maps and simpler UI makes it’s practically the best so far.

  2. louis

    You said almost nothing about google maps. All you did was critsize Live Maps. Live Maps is better than Google Maps and you know it. NOTHING IS PERFECT YOU KNOW!!!!

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