We tested out the new Google Maps for for Mobile browsers. It has a few new features that weren't included in the previous iteration.
According to Google here's whats new:
See your current location Search for what‚Äö√Ñ√¥s nearby with suggest and auto complete Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps
We tested it on an a first-gen iPad over wifi with the latest firmware, and all we have to say is it's slow. It's not particularly better than the built-in app, either. Actually, it's been far from even up to par with the application with our use. It's very slow, even in the standard view. But when using satellite view, it's even slower to respond. Most of the time, it just quit on us. We quit all applications in the multitask dock, but this did little if nothing to help the speed. Based on our use, it crawls. However, we weren't able to make the browser crash after this, so it may have been caused by memory limitation.
We scanned around, and zoomed out in a random area. We left the iPad alone at 5:39 and waited…
We waited over a minute. Until 5:41, we did not touch the iPad. The map did not change or render out. Given, this was after playing with it for a few seconds. It starts off fine, but after a minute or two of exploring the map, it doesn't want to render.
Perhaps it will get better as it's updated, maybe we just used it at a bad time. Still, with our tests, on an iPad 1, it ran painfully slow. Maybe some of the readers out there will have a different experience and can tell us what it's been.