Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am.

How Google Maps Saved My Tokyo Trip, Exhibit A

Google Apple Maps Tokyo

Not to pile on a week later, but the difference in information between Apple Maps (left) and Google Maps (right) isn’t even funny.

Even more useful than this simple (built-in) subway map overlay: Search actually finds the place you want to go in Google Maps. I’ll keep both apps on my homescreen for now, but Google saved me several times getting around Tokyo this past week. That’s not to say the new Google Maps app for iOS is perfect — it’s obviously a 1.0. But it’s really great to have both.

(And I actually think this makes iOS a stronger platform, and defends a potential iPhone vulnerability against Android. Apple makes money selling iPhones, not iOS licenses or Maps apps. If the iPhone can remain the best device in the world for using Google Maps, that’s still great for Apple. The real worry — and I’ll shut up now, because you’ve been hearing this for months — is that Apple isn’t learning how to do ‘cloud’ stuff well, fast enough.)