Re: iPhone5 Map
As near as I can figure, the maps problem is 5 fold. The first is that 3D maps are occasionally freaky. Recent reports are that Apple is fixing them pretty fast, for example, the Statue of Liberty is no longer flat. Regardless, this is really an eye candy slash curiousity feature and really shouldn't matter in the decision making, since the former maps never had it. The second is inaccurate maps. This could be potentially be a dealbreaker if you rely on the maps app on your phone for whatever reason. The inaccuracy of maps though, seems to depend greatly on region. In the US, it seem pretty accurate for the most part, but reports are that in places like Sweden, it's pretty bad. On the flip side, some regions are significantly better than the former Google powered maps, China being the best example of this. The third is lack of public transit routing. Again, if you rely on this feature, it can be potential dealbreaker, although there exist a plethora of apps for this, and most of those are better or easier to use than the Google offering. The fourth is is lack of POI. In general, the new maps has fewer POI than the previous one. I say "in general" because again, it varies by region, and in some regions, it's much better than the previous version, and again, China is the best example of this. The fifth is a bit more subjective, it's unrecognized searches if you don't input it in the way the new maps understands it. For example, typing "Walmart" or "Wal-mart" yields different results. The same goes for "McDonald's" or "McDonalds." Furthermore, address input has to be spot on, any deviance and it doesn't always find what you're looking for. For some, this is an issue, for others, not so much.
I should also add that there is a huge benefit to the new maps that doesn't get the mention it deserves. It uses a LOT less data. Some people who measure this stuff have commented that it uses about 80% less. If you have a limited data plan and you use maps a lot, this could be very significant for you. Furthermore, the new maps stores more data for offline use than the old version. As mentioned a gazillion times, the new maps offers turn-by-turn spoken directions, which from most reports including Consumer Reports, is said to be as good as the competition AKA Android.
Additionally, if you don't like the new maps, you can just place the Google maps shortcut on your springboard. It's a little slower, but offers about 90% of the functionality of previous version, including streetview. Finally, Apple maps is improving fast, at least in the well populated areas. It'll probably still take some time for the less population dense areas to catch up, but as they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day."