The worldwide popularity of digital maps is at its peak today. With the help of digital mapping tools, Internet users can easily access the location and directions of destinations they want, within a single click. Umpteen numbers of online mapping services are accessible now, and within this article, we are reviewing three superior ones from that list; Google Maps, mapquest and the fast growing Microsoft Bing Maps.

Interface Quality: Most of the Internet users consider Google Maps as the benchmark to compare other mapping services. Google Maps has set an industry standard in its course of ten years, and it is definitely one of the most popular one which is being used by countless people from all corners of the globe. When it pertains to interface design and user-friendliness, Google Maps remains top when compared to its competitors. The home page of Google Maps welcomes you with a single search box interface. The design is quite simple, and people with below average computer literacy too can browse through Google Map pages efficiently.

Conversely, browsing places and destinations in Bing is a bit more tricky. It does not mean that it is a chaotic task to browse for places in Bing, but it is not that simple as it is in Google Maps. You can enter the location which is to be searched in the easy-to-overlook search box. It is also possible to enter a start address and destination address in the side bar.

Mapquest is just not that user-friendly, and browsing for places in this mapping service is undoubtedly complicated in nature. As a user, you will be forced to fill up four items in your first address column. Then, you will get a single box in the result page if you prefer to receive further directions from there.

Direction Clarity: Google Maps is known for handling incomplete address, business names and other incomplete address using its excellent artificial intelligence. But the direction clarity in Google maps is not that amazing, and it may sometimes mislead the users.

MapQuest has an edge over Google Maps when it concerns direction clarity. It has those easy to scan icons for turning left, right or merging. One of the notable downsides in Mapquest is regarding its screen. This mapping service consumes the entire screen, and this often compels the user to scroll down to get directions.

Microsoft Bing is undeniably the fanciest pick if you want to get remarkable direction clarity. But it has a significant failure in this area, as it does not allow the user to examine reverse direction once results are shown. You must return to the search page if you want to reverse the routes in Bing.

Traffic Information: Google Maps, Bing and Mapquest use the same color scheme if you have switched on the traffic overlay. Green will be shown for 'No Problems', while Black indicates 'You are not going anywhere'. But to make things crystal clear, we should tell you that Google is the forerunner in this area. They are known for delivering among the most complete traffic data with accurate information. Google Maps will help you evaluate the traffic in a certain route before beginning your trip. Google also has the capability to project potential traffic based upon historical information.

Street coverage of Mapquest is just as competitive as Google's Map, but the relevant information in this mapping service is rather hard to read. The overlay lines in Mapquest are far too broad, and it may not have the capacity to give you the specifics of the street which is highlighted. Sometimes, red and green lines will be placed adjacent, and it will puzzle the user without a doubt.

Bing supports Google Maps and Mapquest when it pertains to traffic details. Bing lines are drawn quite thinly and it makes rather troublesome for the user to access traffic. Google maps or mapquest.

The Final Verdict

Google Maps can be considered as the topmost winner in all parts we have investigated. Bing is also revealing its resolve, and factors may take a fresh turn once the Streetside project gets prominent among masses. Mapquest lags behind Google Maps and Bing in many areas, but everyone feels that they will very soon bounce back with style.