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rtwolfe

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MapQuest iPhone gets free voice navigation; TomTom lifetime map and traffic PNDs now available (update: Navigon MobileNavigator 1.5 too) (Engadget)

Apr 8th 2010 3:21AM I briefly tested Mapquest but think it's competitor Waze is better. Differences are clear. It like
comparing an Encyclopedia to Wikipedia. One is closed and old business model, the other gets it's content from motivated volunteers, it's fun and great technology.

Don't get me wrong, Waze has only been out for about 6 months in US, 2 years of success in Israel. Currently, Waze maps need to catch up to Mapquest maps, because the Waze maps are updated by users like you and me. But it's the other features that get you going, like crowds letting you know where the traffic jams, speed traps, construction zones are 'real time'!

Also,it's fun to just see another wazer moving down your street as you pass each other, and yes you can be anonymous if you want to be. Check them both out but I think you'll like Waze better now and love Waze a year from now.

Free MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone app has voice navigation (Download Squad)

Apr 8th 2010 2:54AM I briefly tested Mapquest but think it's competitor Waze is better. Differences are clear. It like comparing an Encyclopedia to Wikipedia. One is closed and old business model, the other gets it's content from motivated volunteers, it's fun and great technology. Don't get me wrong, Waze has only been out for about 6 months in US, 2 years of success in Israel. Currently, Waze maps need to catch up to Mapquest maps, because the Waze maps are updated by users like you and me. But it's the other features that get you going, like crowds letting you know where the traffic jams, speed traps, construction zones are 'real time'! Also,it's fun to just see another wazer moving down your street as you pass each other, and yes you can be anonymous if you want to be. Check them both out but I think you'll like Waze better now and love Waze a year from now.


Here's my Compare
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Waze Current weakness
Low Name recognition and financial backing
Inaccurate maps, especially in major metropolitan areas
Poor routings due to poor maps
Does not run on Blackberry

Map Quest Current Strengths
High Name recognition and financial backing (AOL)
Maps are highly accurate, except for construction zones
Create a trip by adding multiple destinations to your route.
MapQuest Place Carousel displays hotels, movie theatres, gas stations, and more with a single tap.
walking directions (Pedestrian mode)
Runs on blackberry and Iphone
Three energy saving modes

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Waze Current Strengths
Application is stable
Area Managers - ability to update maps for changing conditions and most are highly committed
User feedback on map errors go to area managers
Some Incident reporting - Speed traps, Accidents, Road Construction
Runs on Android and Windows Mobile
Global application


Mapquest Current weakness
Does not allow user reporting or capture user speeds to show road delays
Some users report app crashes per iTunes
Some users report app give bad directions / maps out of date on iTunes
Map always pointing North, so it doesn’t rotate the map as you drive along.
Does not run on Android and Windows Mobile
US only application - not global yet

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Waze Future Strengths
Real-time reporting of road conditions if user base is large enough
Maps can become highly accurate, including road construction

Mapquest Future Strengths
??? Not sure what they might add? Area Managers? Ping?

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Equal - Waze and Mapquest

Low user base
Free GPS navigation with voice prompts
Route calculation. Start driving without ever touching the iPhone again.
Automatic Re-routing if get off course
Save routes
Address Search
Name Search