Not quite fair right now, given the beta nature of Apple’s mapping solution, but interesting none the less. While Casey Chan points out the Apple offers “less information” than Google, Chan does so as if to imply that this is a bad thing. One look at the maps though and I can’t help but like Apple’s better.
Apple is offering clean maps. I don’t think that Apple is lacking in information, as much as they are making a conscious decision to show less information. Whether this is good or bad truly depends on how you use maps. My guess is that Apple figures you need less information now that you will have turn by turn navigation.