Google Maps vs. Google Earth

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fred Moore, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Fred Moore

    Fred Moore Guest

    Google Maps for iPad and iOS has just been released. Pardon my
    cluelessness, but it's not at all clear to me what the difference is
    between Google Earth, which does lots of mapping, and Google Maps.
    Should you have both? Is one preferred over the other depending on what
    you're doing? TIA
    Fred Moore, Jul 19, 2013
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  2. Fred Moore

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In the last episode of
    Google Maps is designed to be a routing/mapping/navigation tool, which
    happens to have 2D satellite views.

    Google Earth is an attempt to provide 3D map displays which take
    topography into account.

    Both have experienced mission creep over the years, and while neither
    replaces the other, the primary difference is probably the UI while the
    underlying cores have been moving together.

    As for which to use, it depends on what you're trying to do. I'd start
    with Maps.
    DevilsPGD, Jul 20, 2013
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  3. Fred Moore

    Alan Browne Guest

    They are related but very different things.

    Google Earth is more about geography in general where maps is more about
    personal navigation. There is huge overlap between them. They use many
    common data sources (satellites data, photos (panoramio, etc), roads,
    borders, etc.).

    Google Maps was from the beginning a web page with maps, streets,
    directions, etc. (Competed with Mapquest, Yahoo maps and so on).

    Google Earth started as an app that you run on your computer (Google
    bought the app company (Keyhole)). Google Earth downloads imagery in
    the area that you are looking at. It overlays other features (roads,
    city names, real time positions of satellites, nature, shipwrecks, etc.
    and so on. There is a pro version as well for an obscene price.
    There's even a crude flight simulator built in the PC/Mac version.

    Now there is a Google Earth plugin for the web that sites can use to do
    GE. It doesn't run as quickly as the app on a computer.

    For your iPhone/iPad I'd DL both (but then I'm a nav junkie - I have 3
    "GPS" apps, 4 "map" apps and other related things (theodolite, special
    compasses, etc) as well as Google Maps and Google Earth.

    "Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,
    illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media,
    which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible
    to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
    Alan Browne, Jul 20, 2013
  4. Fred Moore

    Erilar Guest

    That's IF your Maps app isn't imprisoned by AppleMaps(spit)
    Erilar, Jul 21, 2013
  5. Fred Moore

    DevilsPGD Guest

    Huh? Apple's Maps app and Google Maps are totally different apps and are
    unrelated and unconnected at this point.
    DevilsPGD, Jul 22, 2013
  6. Fred Moore

    Erilar Guest

    What I was told was that newer iPads or iOSs put that thing into the Maps
    app without a Google option.
    Erilar, Jul 22, 2013
  7. Fred Moore

    Guest Guest

    and then google wrote its own maps app. now you can have both apps.
    Guest, Jul 22, 2013
  8. What I was told was that newer iPads or iOSs put that thing into the Maps
    app without a Google option.[/QUOTE]

    Prior to iOS 6, Apple's Map app used Google's mapping and satellite data.
    Starting with iOS 6, Apple is using other data. Shortly after iOS 6 was
    released, Google provided its own mapping app through Apple's App Store.
    Michelle Steiner, Jul 22, 2013
  9. Fred Moore

    Fred Moore Guest

    Thanks very much to Alan, DevilsPGD, and the rest who responded. Just
    the kind of info I was looking for.

    Alan, to shift the focus slightly, which of the GPS apps do you prefer?
    And where does Navigon fit into all this. My ultimate goal is to find a
    good, but ideally low-cost, navigation app to use with my cell-equipped
    iPad 4 for use while driving.
    Fred Moore, Jul 22, 2013
  10. Fred Moore

    Guest Guest

    navigon is a decent gps routing app. it's routing is better than waze
    but it doesn't have the crowdsourced data, such as accidents, speed
    traps, etc.

    others include tomtom, magellan, copilot and more.
    Guest, Jul 22, 2013
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    Lewis Guest

    Lewis, Jul 23, 2013
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