Has Sony Officially Crumbled Bose With The WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones?

Sony’s new WH-1000XM3 headphones may be the best on the market.

Sony has emerged as  the best maker of headphones over the past couple of years. Last year’s WH-1000XM2 Bluetooth wireless headphones were a technological marvel — the Porsche of Bluetooth headphones. They offered the best noise cancellation a pair of headphones ever had, were very comfortable, and produced excellent battery life. And the sound quality was very impressive as well. Many people thought they were certainly better than the top Bluetooth headphones on the market, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones.

It looks like Sony has outdone itself in 2019. Last week, they offered a peak at the WH-1000MX3 headphones, which should start trickling into stores this week. According to CNET, they live up to the hype.

Sony's new Bluetooth wireless headphones are said to be very comfortable to wear.

“Sony WH-1000MX3 finally surpasses Bose as best noise-cancelling headphones,” a new article shouts, adding that there is not only a design change that makes these headphones more comfortable, but noise cancellation is top-notch, phone quality is great, and audio quality is fantastic.

Tech Radar is just as enthusiastic.

“A new addition to the Sony 1000X headphone family, the M3 wireless headphones are a substantial upgrade from the previous X2 model. Audio is crystal clear, noise-canceling technology is improved and they boast a new ergonomic design that promises a more comfortable fit.”

Unlike CNET, Tech Radar doesn’t notice a difference in the sound — and that’s okay since the M2 sound was nearly perfect for a wireless Bluetooth device. Tech Radar also claims that Sony’s new headphones are at least four times better than the M2 when it comes to noise-canceling performance. That’s hard to imagine since the noise cancellation on the M2 is already near perfect, despite some high pitch noises getting through.

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However, some early reviews on Reddit aren’t as thrilling. Some people claim that the new “dedicated” mic still picks up a lot of ambient noise. One user even claims that the noise cancellation is not better than it is on the M2. However, there are others who are happy with their new $349 headphones. This blog will let you know very soon if the WH-1000XM3 headphones do, indeed, live up to the hype — and if they’re worth an upgrade for those who own the WH-1000XM2 headphones.

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Apple Watch 4 Image Leaked

9to5Mac posted an image of the Apple Watch 4 that appears to be legit. The new watch is scheduled to be announced on September 12, the same day three new iPhones are announced. The Watch 4 certainly looks like, at least in terms of design, it will be a decent upgrade.

The new Watch features smaller bezels for a larger screen. There’s also a new hole below the Digital Crown, and some think it’s just another microphone. Perhaps it’s for stereo sound? The Digital Crown has a red outline rather than a full red dot. The new Watch will also have different faces.

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I predicted that the Apple Watch would take off, even though it took two years. Here’s what I said back in 2015.

“I initially bought the Apple Watch with plans to return it. I didn’t think I would ever find it so useful….However, it’s one that has helped me so much with so many things. In fact, I forgot to charge the battery on Monday night and decided to leave the Apple Watch at home. Unfortunately, I had withdraw symptoms.”

Luckily, the Apple Watch now provides twice the battery life and twice the speed, even though the initial speed wasn’t bad. And I still feel incomplete when I forget my Watch for the day, which only happens rarely.

These days, I see a lot of people wearing the Apple Watch. I think the fact that the third version offered cellular service really helped sales last year. However, I have cancelled my Watch cellular service because I realized I didn’t need it; my iPhone is with me everywhere I go and transfers information to the Watch faster than cellular service does.

Apple has done a great job with the Watch, but I’m hoping that we’ll get better apps in the future. I’m talking about apps that aren’t completely dependent on the iPhone. I would also like an “Always On” display — the type that Samsung puts on their devices. There are still times when I flick my wrist towards my eyes and the Watch doesn’t light up. Having the display show the time only, especially if it is at low brightness, won’t take up a huge amount of battery life.

But I’m really struggling to come up with ways to improve the Apple Watch, and that shows you how good it is. Of course, Apple can always make a wrist device that is larger and allows you to do everything you can on a smartphone. But that would also defeat the purpose of the Apple Watch, which is perhaps the most groundbreaking technical device of the past three years.

 

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Car Dash Cams Are Becoming Mainstream

On the way back from Orange County, CA, I noticed a car that read, “Smile, you’re on Dash Cam.” To be honest, it’s the first time I ever thought of a car dash cam. I knew police used them, but I didn’t think much about it. I was frustrated that even though I write about technology, I never even considered discussing the importance of dash cams, though I did write about the importance of digital body cams.

The most obvious reason for using a dash cam is obvious — accidents. Sometimes, it’s not very clear who’s fault an accident is, and there are crash-for-cash scams that are on the rise. The most popular scam is when the driver suddenly hits the breaks so another car can hit them. Another reason is to report dangerous drivers — the type that throw bottles at other drivers and, in the worst case scenarios, take out a gun.

Dash cams are also good for parents, who can record their child’s road trip while still having a peace of mind. Of course, if our car had a dash cam when I first started driving, I don’t think I would live to write this article. But, enough about me — let’s get to two of the most popular dash cams for your car.

BlackVue DR650S-2CH 32G Dash Cam

BlackVue's DR650S-2CH is a world-class dash cam.

This $379 high-end dash cam is for professional drivers who absolutely need everything recorded. It’s also for those who need to be able to watch their drivers in real time. The front camera records stuff in 1080 HD quality, while the rear unit records in 720p. It also has incident detection technology that automatically flags the appropriate video footage.

The BlackVue’s clear advantage over some of the rivals listed here is its over-the-cloud abilities, which mean drivers can check live footage from the car via a smartphone, laptop or PC, even when it’s parked.

Z-Edge Z3

The Z-Edge Z3 is the best dash cam for its value.

If you don’t need all the features the BlackVue has, there is the much cheaper Z-Edge Z3 ($89) that takes HD images and has a broad 145-degree field of view. The interface is also sharp. Like others, this camera powers up instantly and starts recording once you turn the engine on.

The Z-Edge Z3 does have incident detection, but it’s not as reliable as the more expensive cameras. Still, this is the best car dash cam for its value.

The Future

Dash cams are still in their infancy. And you can bet that they will not only go way down in price, but will be more reliable as well.

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What’s Bose Cooking Up?

Bose SoundWear Companion Wireless Speaker

Bose is quite an interesting (and great) company. You never know what they are going to release until they actually announce it. Sometimes, like with the Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth wireless headphones, you don’t find out until the day they are actually released.

The last year has been great for Bose. I’m still crazy about the Bose SoundWear wearable speaker, despite its price and the fact it slides around while on your neck. I’m even crazier about the Bose SleepBuds, which are groundbreaking — even if this product hasn’t quite penetrated the market yet. So, I tried to find out what other products the audio giant will release this year.

One user on Reddit found a credible link to the Home Speaker 500, which appears to be the SoundTouch 10 replacement. One user predicted it would have advanced voice integration. Bose could finally compete with Sonos and other speaker makers. I would love for the speaker to be portable like the Libratone ZIPP.

2016′s QuietControl 30 neckband wireless headphones are the only really bad headphones Bose has put out in years. They arrived with several quality control problems, and they still are plagued with low-quality phone calls. To make things worse, these headphones have a hard time staying on the neck. It’s quite possible that Bose will upgrade these by the end of 2018 and they will be called the QuietControl 40. Perhaps we’ll get Bluetooth 5.0, better phone controls, and more Bose signature sound.

The SoundSport Free wireless earbuds can use an update.

Then, there are 2017′s SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds. For the most part, they are a noble effort from Bose, but lack many things like noise isolation (or even full noise cancellation), decent phone quality, and comfortable controls. Just as Jabra has made improvements with their earbuds this year, Bose will probably do the same. The market is really big now for wireless earbuds, and Bose would be smart to release an update to theirs by the end of 2018.

The Bose product that everybody is waiting for is the update to the QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth wireless headphones. The fact they are on sale for $299 almost everywhere is certainly a sign that the QuietComfort 35 III headphones are coming….or will they just be called the QuietComfort 45 headphones? This appears to be Bose’s flagship product. Given that the 35 IIs are almost perfect, it’s hard to imagine what the new update will be like.

Bose continues to be one of the most (if not the most) innovative audio companies in the world. Some critics don’t like Bose because they think Bose products are overpriced and not of the highest quality. Judging by sales receipts, customers certainly disagree.

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Full Review: Huawei MateBook X Pro Is A Legit MacBook Pro Alternative

Huawei MateBook X Pro

I gave my first impressions of this device last week, and they were positive. Now that I’ve been testing the Huawei MateBook X Pro for more than a week, I can comfortably say it’s the best notebook I’ve tested in the past two years.

The unit that I’m reviewing has an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It can be purchased at the Microsoft Store for $1499, but it’s actually been pretty  hard to find. There is certainly a reason for this.

Build and Design

The MateBook X Pro can easily be mistaken for a MacBook Pro at first — the speaker grilles are on the side, the device comes in space gray, the touchpad is huge, and the device is very thin. But that’s where the comparison stops.

Unlike the MacBook Pro, Huawei has been able to fit a USB-A port on the rear right. They’ve also been able to fit in what feels like the best keyboard on a notebook device. They are just like Butterfly keys except they have a little bit of travel. There isn’t much of a “click” to them, but there really doesn’t need to be. They feel very natural and I can type faster on this keyboard than the one on the MacBook Pro.

Display

The MateBook X Pro has an absolutely stunning 13.9 inch 3000 x 2000 pixel display. It reminds me of the MacBook Pro’s display because it’s contrast ratio is almost as good. I thought the 3:2 aspect ratio would be a disability to the device, but it doesn’t make much of a difference. Colors are bright and vivid, and color saturation can be manipulated.

Perhaps the most satisfying part of the screen is that there is very little bezel space on the side. It’s even better than the “Infinity” screen of Dell’s XPS 13 or XPS 15. The only problem is that it doesn’t leave room for a webcam, which is actually hidden under one of the keys. If the webcam is a serious issue for you, perhaps you may want to stay away from the X Pro. The rest of us will just deal with people looking at our chins, buy a separate webcam (which can be purchased for under $20), or use the webcam on other devices, such as our phones.

The MateBook X Pro is a  touchscreen device, although touching the screen will leave visible fingerprints. Unfortunately it’s not compatible with any digital ink stylus, Still, the MateBook X Pro’s  display is the best that’s ever been on a PC notebook device.

Performance

It’s hard to believe that Huawei has been able to fit in an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor in this thing, let alone 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Oh, there’s also a Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card for some gaming. I’ve done 4K video editing with Adobe Premiere, edited huge files in Photoshop, and have even played some games (but had to set at lower resolutions). The MateBook X Pro handles all of this well, although the device can get somewhat hot, and you can definitely hear the fan (though it doesn’t produce the annoying coil whine sound).

Touchpad

The touchpad on the X Pro looks very similar to one on a MacBook Pro, but it’s not as comfortable. Don’t get me wrong — it’s still great. But your fingers may hurt a little bit after clicking so many times. It’s not a deal breaker, and the touchpad is certainly better than just about any on a PC computer. But since Huawei is trying to compete with the MacBook Pro, this is one of the only areas this notebook loses.

The Speakers!

The audio quality on this computer is absolutely superb. It has four speakers that give life to music and movies. While the sound doesn’t come to life as much as it does on the 2018 MacBook Pro (15-inch), it certainly beats that of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s amazing how Huawei is able to put so much bass in this ultra-thin device. There is also barely any distortion — even at the highest volume settings.

Battery Life

Usually, one shouldn’t expect an ultra-thin 14-inch notebook that has an Intel Core i7 processor and a discreet graphics chip to have all-day battery life. But streaming a video with the brightness set at 75 percent (which is more than bright enough on this), I was able to get almost 8 hours without having to recharge. Most users will probably get 10 or 11 hours of use in a single charge. Considering the power of this notebook, the battery life is outstanding. 

Conclusion

The MateBook X Pro is definitely the most significant notebook of 2018. Some may consider it a MacBook Pro clone, but — in many ways — it beats any notebook Apple has ever made. You may have a difficult time finding this in stores, but you will be very happy once you get your hands (and eyes) on it.

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First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Is Just Like Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 started making its appearance in several stores at the end of last week. I walked into an AT&T store and I honestly thought they made a mistake of putting the Galaxy Note 8 in the Galaxy Note 9 slot. I honestly couldn’t tell much of a difference until I saw the yellow S Pen.

Don’t get me wrong — if you don’t have the Galaxy Note 8, this phone is a great upgrade. However, for the first time in several years, I didn’t find myself walking out of the store saying, “I can’t wait to get that phone.”

I love the stereo speakers — they sound just as good as the iPhone X speakers and provide some “oomph.” Many who have given their first impressions of the Note 9 don’t think this is a big enough change to write about. It is. The stereo speakers allow you to enjoy the multimedia experience without headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

The screen is slightly larger (6.4 inches compared to the Note 8′s 6.3 inches), but it’s hard to notice since the complete phone is slightly smaller. The 18.5:9 aspect ratio is still too narrow for decent note-taking. However,  the S Pen is more than a stylus this time around; it’s a Bluetooth device that can operate the phone from a distance. That means you can take snapshots, and taking a selfie becomes a lot easier. You can also switch between front and rear cameras.

The Note 9 has an outstanding dual-lens camera.

And, speaking of cameras, it’s the same one as the Galaxy S9 — which isn’t a bad thing as that camera not only takes great pictures, but fantastic videos as well. The Note 9 has a dual-lens camera that especially takes great pictures in low-lit situations — sometimes even better than the iPhone X. The image stabilization also works very well. Still, I don’t think the camera can shoot anything as good as the iPhone X can in “Portrait” mode.

I didn’t get to test the battery life, but the 4,000mAh battery scares me. It’s needed because of the extra power the Note 9 consumes, but I also think back to 3,500mAh battery in the Note 7 and how that caused explosions. It’s highly likely that Samsung did some extensive testing so something like that won’t happen again.

I made a test phone call with the device and love how my co-worker’s voice came though so clearly in the stereo speakers. We could both hear each other in the AT&T store’s loud environment. I didn’t get to test phone calls with different Bluetooth wireless headsets, but will do so when I get a review unit.

Once again, Samsung didn’t do anything wrong here. They took an already great device and refined it to make it even better. But will this be enough to get enough people to purchase the Note 9?

 

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First Impressions: Huawei MateBook X Pro Is MacBook Pro Of PC World

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is another technology secret I didn’t initially pay attention to. The Verge calls it “the best laptop right now” and noted that you won’t find another laptop with more bang for your buck. Forbes also loves the device and explains how the keyboard is among the best laptop keyboards on the market. I’ve also heard from industry friends who have kept telling me that the MateBook X Pro is something I have to try.

On Thursday, I received my review unit. I’ve only used it for one day, but I am largely impressed. The notebook doesn’t run that well out of the box; one must update graphic drivers, audio drivers, etc. But once the updates are completed, the MateBook X Pro feels like a dream machine. A full review will be posted within the next week. However, here are some of my first impressions of the unit that has an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD ($1499).

The MateBook X Pro has a great keyboard.
  • A 14-inch notebook that fits in the chases of a 12-inch one. Barely any screen bezel. Reminds me a little bit of the Dell XPS 13.
  • The Dolby Atmos speakers on this thing are amazing. They are just as good as the speakers on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • The keys are very short, but feel comfortable. They are better than the keys on the MacBook Pro, although they don’t offer the same “crunch” feeling.
  • The 3:2 screen ratio is a little hard to get used to, especially when watching movies. This type of screen works well on a tablet that you can operate in portrait mode such as the Surface Pro. It’s not a deal breaker here, but it just feels weird.
  • The 13.9-inch 3K screen is beautiful. It offers almost as good of a contrast ratio as that on the MacBook Pro. There is absolutely no backlight bleed on my test unit.
  • The touchpad is great, but not fantastic like it is on the Dell XPS laptops or the MacBook Pros. It’s quite huge.

The MateBook X Pro is a premium device.

  • For such a light computer, this Huawei laptop packs in a lot of punches. It has a discreet graphics chip for light gaming, and it can edit 4K videos with Adobe Premiere decently.
  • This looks so much like a MacBook Pro, but isn’t an exact MacBook Pro clone.
  • The keys, unfortunately, don’t stay lit unless you are pressing them. This could create a minor problem when using the X Pro in a very dark environment.
  • Right now, battery life seems very good, but not great.
  • This computer just oozes quality in every single way.
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Microsoft’s Latest Budget Surface Is A No-Go

The Microsoft Surface Go is the first major disappointment in the Surface Lineup in years. It’s unfortunate. I was so excited to finally play around with the 10-inch device. I wanted to write how it is an iPad Pro killer and shows Apple you can put in a desktop operating system in a low-cost tablet and still make it work well.

The first thing I noticed about the Surface Go is that it reminds me of one of the failed Windows 8 tablet PCs from earlier in the decade. The bezels around the screen are huge, and the device feels flimsy — it definitely doesn’t have the premium build of the iPad. But I admit that the screen, which only has an 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution screen, looks good enough since it’s only a 10-inch screen.

Things don’t look so good when looking for the ports — the Surface Go only has one USB-C port (not Thunderbolt 3) and a headphone jack. Thankfully, there is a microSD slot for extra memory, which you may need — the base model ($399) only has 64GB of SSD storage. You would be better off getting the $549 version, which not only has 128GB of storage, but also 8GB of RAM.

The Surface Go is painfully slow.

While browsing the web and doing some photo editing with the Surface Go, I noticed how painfully slow things are on the device. The Go is like the slow motion version of the Surface Pro. And that’s understandable since the device is meant to be used as secondary machine. But even as a secondary device, the Go’s slow Pentium processor can be troubling. You can load Photoshop on this, but that doesn’t mean that it will work well. Don’t even try to do any type of video editing.

Then, there is the Type Cover. After using the one for the Surface Pro, the Surface Go’s Type Cover (the cheapest costing $99) feels painful. It feels too cramped and gives you a “rubbery” feeling when pressing the keys. The Surface Go is at least powerful enough for typing documents. It’s too bad that the device Microsoft provides for this is bad for the job.

The Surface Go makes a lot of compromises.

Perhaps I’m not in the audience that the Surface Go is aiming for. Perhaps I’m being too hard, especially since the device is cheaper than the regular Surface Pro (but the cost adds up when adding the Type Cover and Surface Pen). But as someone who has consistently praised Microsoft for breaking new ground in their Surface line, I feel that for the first time in five years, Microsoft has really delivered a disappointing product.

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Dell XPS 15 (2018) Is A Real MacBook Pro Alternative

Dell XPS 15 9570

This blog talked about the surprisingly hype-lacking Dell XPS 15 9570 a couple weeks back, and — as promised — I have a living and breathing unit that can be reviewed. One theory why there have not been many reviews posted is because Dell needed to work on all the quirks before letting reviewers analyze the device.

Luckily, there aren’t that many quirks on the unit I received, which has an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a 4K screen, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It will cost you about $2000 (I’ve seen some deals at $1849), but you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck. Let’s take a closer look.

Build and Design

The XPS 15 is relatively light for a computer with a 15-inch screen.

Unlike the 2018 version of the Dell XPS 13, the XPS 15 retains it’s style that is clean, basic, and rubbery. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Unlike the new XPS 13, Dell is still able to put in a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3 ports, an HDMI port, a headphone jack, and a regular SD card reader.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the keyboard on the XPS 15 — I felt that in order to save time, they just cram in the XPS 13 keyboard on a 15-inch unit. But after using the keyboards for other thin notebooks such as the MacBook Pro or even the XPS 15 2-in-1 (which are still decent), I appreciate the full-travel keyboard a lot more.

Display

The display on the XPS 15 9570 is the same exact one that is on the brilliant XPS 15 2-in-1 that was reviewed here a couple months back. Though there was minor backlight bleed on that unit, there is not an ounce of bleed on this unit, which was tested in a completely dark hotel room during the night. It has a crisp 4K screen, but you can save a couple hundred dollars by getting one with a 1080p HD screen (though I would highly suggest that you don’t). 

The new XPS 15 is a powerhouse that has great battery life.

Performance

The XPS 15 runs on  a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. It’s the fastest ultrabook (yes, it can still be categorized as one) I have used. With Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, OneNote, and Internet Explorer running, I was easily able to open 10 tabs in Chrome without feeling any noticeable slowdown.

The XPS 15 also runs on an a Nvidia GeForce 1050 GPU with 4GB of VRAM — this makes the laptop perfect for light gaming, even though it’s not advertised as a gaming laptop. It also makes the laptop compatible with some VR headsets, especially those for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform.

Speakers

The speakers on the XPS 15 have always been average, and nothing has changed. It’s unfortunate, with so much space on the sides, that Dell continues to put its speakers on the bottom of the unit. However, with the MaxxAudio Pro app, one can increase bass and spacial separation. But compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s speakers, Dell is a million miles behind.

Battery Life

The XPS 15 battery allows you to stream 'The Simpsons' for several hours.

I didn’t expect the latest XPS 15 to be that great on battery life, especially because of its power and 4K display. But the battery life is excellent. With the brightness turned up to 70 percent while streaming a movie on a loop, I was able to get more than seven hours of use. Using it normally without constant streaming, it would easily last me the whole day. This may be the first 15-inch notebook that you don’t need to lug around a charger with all the time.

Fan Noise and Heat

Dell’s notebooks are known for loud fan noise and becoming hot during strenuous use. The Dell XPS 15 is no different, but this isn’t a deal breaker. When the fan noise does get loud, it doesn’t have the annoying coil whine that previous Dell computers had. And when it becomes hot, it’s not bad enough that it will burn your lap. Still, one hopes that Dell can work on these minor issues in the future.

Conclusion

The Dell XPS 15 9570 is not only cheaper than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but it runs just as fast and is just as capable. This laptop doesn’t have Apple’s solid design or fantastic speakers. Thankfully, it also doesn’t have the Pro’s gimmicky Touch Bar. If you can look past some minor quirks, the XPS 15 is still the ultimate laptop. 

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Apple Maps Is Still Bad In 2018

Despite my tech credentials, I was given the impression that Apple Maps and Google Maps had merged after the original Apple Maps release became a disaster in 2012. I don’t know why I had this idea. I do know that the application became somewhat usable in 2014, and I have been using it ever since, while ignorantly thinking I was using Google Maps.

The truth is that Maps has helped me arrive at the place I need to go at least 95 percent of the time without any trouble. But in the past month, I noticed Maps would take me on some weird shortcuts that didn’t make any sense. One time, the application brought me to a place in West LA instead of near Downtown LA, where I needed to go.  At 4 p.m., that’s an hour out of the way!  Then, I drove to the Travelodge in Santa Ana, CA, and Maps not had me take a route that was 30 minutes out of the way. To make things worse, I ended up on the wrong side of Santa Ana. The actual location was 20 minutes away.

Apple Maps has NOTHING to do with Google Maps

There have been other situations too. But I did research on the Maps app, and the consensus is that it’s terrible. And despite what you have heard, it is not powered by Google Maps. Actually, you can download a separate Google Maps app for the iPhone, and you should do that right now — you’ll be thanking me very soon.

I typed in the locations that caused me trouble on Apple Maps, and it turns out that I could have saved a lot of time and stress using Google Maps. I haven’t been taken on any crazy shortcuts, and the arrival time predictions are very accurate.

As Digital Trends notes, there are more options to change your map — Explore, Driving, Transit, Satellite, Terrain, Traffic, and Biking. Some of these options take a little bit of getting used to, but they end up working very well. I will admit that Apple Maps is cleaner, and the app gives the impression of being more simple. Google Maps is filled with icons, 3D buildings, etc., and I could see how a GPS beginner could get a little overwhelmed.

Still, I wish I could take back the four years of my life that I thought Apple Maps and Google Maps were the same. Perhaps Apple Maps will someday become a good app. However, that day still seems very far away.

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