The Electronic Traveler: Complaints About Google Maps and Facebook

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Yes, I am one of those people with an iPhone who did not upgrade to iOS 6 simply because I enjoyed the standard Google Maps app. But on this road trip, I have to admit, there is one thing that drives me absolutely crazy: resizing the screen. While a tap focuses in closer and a tap of the arrow gets right down to the spot where you are, there isn't an easy way to zoom out.

Google says you can tap twice, but that has rarely worked for me and the pinch is a near impossibility when you are rolling down the highway. Yet it is a feature I desperately need quite often when I'm using it. I honestly have no idea if the new maps app in iOS delivers an easier or more effective method for zooming out, but they should, if for no other reason than safety. Of course, I probably shouldn't be resizing an app while I'm driving, either.

My other wag of the finger, as Stephen Colbert puts it, is for the Facebook app. I have a suspicion this may also be linked to my lack of an upgrade, but talk about a buggy mess. It takes forever to pull up even the timeline and when it does, it is out of order and awkward to use.

I've come to the conclusion that it is basically unusable on this version of my iPhone, but, so far at least, that alone has been unable to persuade me to upgrade. We'll see if I can't take it by the end of the trip.

Today I'll be spending time in our nation's capital and I plan to take advantage of a few apps during my visit. I'll let you know what worked and what didn't come Monday.

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I have iOS 6.0.1 on an iPhone 4 and will not go any further, as Apple constantly breaks the old phones if you try that. 

In the 'new' Google Maps app, double-tapping just keeps zooming in more and more. Its insistence on trying to be a turn-by-turn GPS is something to get used to. Personally, I like to just step through the instructions on my own. 

Apple maps is still horrible. It has about 1/50th of the businesses in the database - so many searches turn up nothing, and if you just zoom in on an area that you know is chock full of restaurants, maybe one or two will show up. MILES to go before it's usable.

The Facebook app has lost its mind. Buggy, slow, and prone to lockups/crashes. I know I have probably updated it too often so its features are "optimized for" the latest iOS, but it's still horribly frustrating. I keep getting bombarded by a screen that asks if I want to know how to "keep up with friends on the go" - and you can't say NO, only "not now" - so they hit you with it again in a day or so. Personally, I'm waiting for the 5s (or whatever they'll call it) and will likely upgrade phone and iOS at that time. Good luck!


I love the new Apple maps because I can just type in "reliant" or "el rey" or whatever and it will find the address for me. It's also integrated with Yelp, which is great if you want to click through for menus, etc. No more finding the address and copying and pasting into Google maps. That alone is worth it....

Also I clicked for the update when I was helping my man do a few things on his phone and he was soooo worried about losing Google maps, but he's used to Apple maps now.

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