Google Earth for iPhone

October 28, 2008 – 8:03 am by Gabe Anderson | No Comments

I haven’t really written much about the iPhone or any apps since I finally got one (iPhone 3G) on July 22 — 11 days after it was released.

Since then, I’ve downloaded lots of free apps and have even bought a few (Scrabble, TriCalc, Election ’08). Some are must-have apps (Facebook, Pandora) and some are silly and just for fun (Lightsaber, More Cowbell, Jared).

Yesterday Google released the long-awaited  Google Earth for iPhone (iTunes link) and I downloaded it immediately after reading about it in TechCrunch.

Google Earth for iPhone

It’s truly stunning and really fast (at least via wifi). After installing it, I fired it up (which takes a minute or so, but isn’t so bad) and clicked the locate button in the lower left-hand corner. Seeing the Earth from space, courtesy of NASA satellite imagery, then watching it zoom down on the map right to my house was pretty incredible. I mean, sure, we’ve all seen a similar thing on the desktop version of Google Earth or on Google Maps, but to watch this on my iPhone was pretty sweet.

I started dragging around the map, zooming in and out, and the redraw rate was pretty quick. I took a cross-country trip to the Golden Gate Bridge and marveled at the level of detail — it was like I was flying right above the towers of the bridge and looking down at the cars. I then zoomed over to our old home on Treasure Island and looked down on it with incredible detail.

All this imagery and it’s integrated with Google Local search, so it’s fun, educational, and practical.

This is one must-have app in any iPhone’s arsenal. And even if you don’t have an iPhone, this app alone is one more reason to get one.

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