The iPhone is a huge hit, as evidenced by the staggering sales numbers from this past weekend. The warm reception is somewhat of a surprise, however, given the number of issues being reported by users, including hardware that scratches easily, and of course, the iOS maps.
If you haven’t upgraded to the new device yet – and want to stay up-to-date on the issues – then be sure to follow CNNMoney writer Rob Pegoraro over the next few days as he documents his experience with the iPhone. Here’s a quick excerpt of his first post:
Finally, there’s Maps. I don’t mean to pile on, but this replacement for Google Maps is embarrassingly inept. It doesn’t list the new Yards Park and 11th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C.. It put the Kennedy Center and Dulles Airport at incorrect addresses; its directions to the latter could get a driver arrested and possibly run over by a 747. And it suggested a route into the District on a bridge that a construction project has temporarily removed. The Google Maps app on an Android phone made none of those mistakes.) This isn’t just amusing, it’s dangerous.
To add to Maps’ malfunctions, revising directions takes too many taps and getting transit routing requires installing extra apps — possibly even separate ones for each city and even each transit system. I hope it’s true that Google will ship its own maps app and that Apple will approve it — or that this current sorry attempt is the cartographical equivalent of Mac OS X 10.1, an early release we tolerated and soon forgot as Apple quickly shipped improved replacements.
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