Results tagged “here”

Nokia Maps. No.

By Michael Mulvey on November 20, 2012 9:35 AM

I just downloaded and started playing around with the new Nokia Maps application, Here, for iOS (via Jim Darymple).

I can't yet vouch for how much better or worse the accuracy of the maps data is compared to Apple's own Maps app, but on sheer software quality alone there's a world of difference. What I mean is Here feels like crap. Transitions are choppy, the color palette is cold (blue and grey?) and almost every time I tap to zoom in a level of detail all the tiles flicker while they re-render. Weird.

The experience seems to be consistently jerky on both my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2. If I didn't know better I might attribute the choppy behavior to hardware deficiency, but since I've been using the native, iOS Maps app for over a month now, I know this can't be the reason. Just compare the difference in Human Experience between the two and feel how much smoother Apple's Maps app is.

Also, what's the thinking (or lack thereof) behind the Here logo skewed at a 45 degree angle with the leg of the 'h' cut off?

The whole experience is leaving a bad taste in my OS.

Fix That Shit

By Michael Mulvey on March 16, 2012 10:16 AM

PayPal just announced Here, it's answer to Square's device that let's you accept credit card payments from your iPhone.

The little triangle piece dangling down in front is driving me fucking nuts.

I'm never above being proven wrong, and I would love to know what Yves Behar's thinking was on that. Yves designed it with his team at fuseproject.

Update: OK, I think the limp triangle is explained over at Co.Design:

Additionally, the device had to tell you that you could swipe a credit-card through it, which Behar's team accomplished by layering light and dark plastics atop each other, so you can tell that there's a surface for sliding.

I still think there was a better way to convey the *swipeability*.

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