Google Maps is now available for iPhone!

Google Maps for iOS 6I am an iPhone junkie! I love my iPhone and I love iOS. That being said I am not Such an Apple fan boy that I am unwilling to call them out when they screw up. I have very high expectations from Apple when it comes to quality, service, and user experience. When I launched the Apple Maps app for the first time I was stunned by how awesome it looked. Downtown Bellevue Washington was beautifully rendered and I thought “This is going to be awesome!” Then I used it… and let’s just be honest here… They sucked. Now for all you Android fans out there. I had an Android phone and I liked it. I REALLY liked the maps on Android. However, the Google Maps I had on my phone was NOT The same maps Android users were getting, and that was what Apple was trying to fix. With that in mind, for me if ONE good thing came out of the whole Apple iOS Maps debacle; it was that I now have turn by turn directions on my Google Maps iPhone app! YAY! so head on over to the app store and download it!

From Google:

People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.

via Google Maps is now available for iPhone | Official Google Blog.

The Bladepad for the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 – Kickstarter

The Bladepad for the iPhone 4s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 / New iPad

I’m just going to come right out and say I LOVE first person shooter games. I am not at the Major league Gaming level, but I’m not bad and I really enjoy playing online multiplayer and testing myself against others. That said… I have always been disappointed that the gaming experience I have had on my iPhone and iPad 3 has been a major let down.


Enter the Bladepad for the iPhone 4s and iPad 3 (iPhone 5 to launch in December):

I’m very hopeful for this product. It looks like they have really thought this out. First it had duel analogue thumbsticks something my Nintendo 3DS XL (on pre-order) does not have. You don’t really get to see much game play on the video, but I like the layout of the device (It is VERY similar to the layout on my X-Box 360) and I really like how easy it is to un-clip the controller from the protective case so you do not have to lug a bulky slide out controller around in your pocket. I can see myself playing this on the bus on my way to work, on the plane, or just hanging out at home. For $69 on Kickstarter with a MSRP of $99 this looks like a steal! More good news is that it is releasing for Android soon!

So, what do you think is this a fund, wait and buy at MSRP if it works, or a no-go?