Battle Of The Online Maps

The incredible popularity of digital maps is at its peak today. With the help of digital mapping tools, Internet users can effortlessly access the location and directions of destinations they choose, within a single click. Countless numbers of online mapping services are accessible now, and within this article, we are reviewing three superior ones from that list; Google Maps, mapquest and the fast growing Microsoft Bing Maps.

Interface Quality: The majority of the Internet users consider Google Maps as the standard to measure up other mapping services. Google Maps has set an industry standard in its course of ten years, and it is undeniably the most preferred one which is being used by millions of people from all nooks of the world. When it pertains to interface design and user-friendliness, Google Maps remains best when compared to its challengers. The home page of Google Maps greets you with a single search box interface. The design is quite easy, and people with below par computer literacy too can browse through Google Map pages efficiently.

However, exploring places and destinations in Bing is little more tricky. It does not mean that it is a hectic undertaking to look for places in Bing, but it is not that easy as it is in Google Maps. You can enter the location which is being searched in the easy-to-overlook search box. It is also possible to enter a start address and destination address in the side bar.

Mapquest is not really that user-friendly, and looking for places in this mapping service is undoubtedly complicated in nature. As a user, you will be obligated to fill up four items in your first address column. Then, you will get a single box in the result page if you prefer to acquire further directions from there.

Direction Clarity: Google Maps is known for taking care of incomplete address, business names and other incomplete address using its top notch artificial intelligence. But the direction clarity in Google maps is not that amazing, and it may often mislead the users.

MapQuest has an upper hand over Google Maps when it comes to direction clarity. It has those very easy to scan icons for turning left, right or merging. One of the huge cons in Mapquest is regarding its screen. This mapping service consumes the entire screen, and this frequently forces the user to scroll down to get directions.

Microsoft Bing is unquestionably the fanciest option if you desire to obtain exceptional direction quality. But it has a critical failure in this area, as it does not permit the user to evaluate reverse direction once results are shown. You should go back to the search page if you prefer to reverse the routes in Bing.

Traffic Information: Google Maps, Bing and Mapquest use the same color design if you have activated the traffic overlay. Green will be shown for 'No Problems', while Black indicates 'You are not going anywhere'. But to make things clear, we should tell you that Google is the forerunner in this area. They are recognized for delivering the most thorough traffic data with precise data. Google Maps will help you examine the traffic in a specific route before starting your journey. Google also has the capability to project potential traffic according to historical records.

Street coverage of Mapquest is just as competitive as Google's Map, but the relevant information in this particular mapping service is rather tricky to read. The overlay lines in Mapquest are far too wide, and it may not be able to give you the particulars of the street which is highlighted. In many cases, red and green lines will be placed parallel, and it will puzzle the user without a doubt.

Bing stands behind Google Maps and Mapquest when it concerns traffic Information. Bing lines are drawn incredibly thinly and it makes rather troublesome for the user to gain access to traffic.

The Final Verdict

Google Maps can be considered as the topmost winner in all parts we have evaluated. Bing is also demonstrating its resolve, and things may take a fresh turn once the Streetside project gets prominent among masses. Mapquest lags behind Google Maps and Bing in many areas, but everybody thinks that they will very soon bounce back with style.