The popularity of digital maps is at its peak today. With the aid of digital mapping tools, Internet users can easily access the location and directions of destinations they choose, within a single click. Countless numbers of online mapping services are available now, and within this article, we are examining three top-notch 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 standard to measure up other mapping services. Google Maps has set an industry standard in its course of ten years, and it is undeniably the most popular one which is being used by countless people from all corners of the world. When it pertains to interface design and user-friendliness, Google Maps stand best when compared with its competitors. The home page of Google Maps welcomes you with a single search box interface. The design is very simple, and people with below average computer literacy too can surf through Google Map pages easily.

On the other hand, browsing places and destinations in Bing is a little more complicated. It does not mean that it is a chaotic task to search for places in Bing, but it is not that easy 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 input a start address and destination address in the side bar.

Mapquest is certainly not that user-friendly, and browsing for locations in this mapping service is unquestionably complicated in nature. As a user, you will be obligated to fill four items in your first address column. Then, you will get a single box in the result page if you desire to acquire more directions from there.

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

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

Microsoft Bing is undoubtedly the fanciest pick if you wish to get remarkable direction clarity. But it has a crucial problem in this area, as it does not make it possible for the user to assess reverse direction once results are shown. You must go back to the search page if you prefer to reverse the routes in Bing.

Traffic Information: Google Maps, Bing and Mapquest use the same color scheme if you have turned on the traffic overlay. Green will be shown for 'No Problems', while Black indicates 'You are not going anywhere'. But to make things clear, we should tell you that Google is the forerunner in this area. They are known for providing among the most extensive traffic data with correct data. Google Maps will help you assess the traffic in a particular route before starting your trip. Google also has the capacity to project potential traffic based upon historical data.

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

Bing stands behind Google Maps and Mapquest when it concerns traffic details. Bing lines are drawn incredibly thinly and it makes incredibly tricky for the user to gain access to traffic.

The Final Verdict

Google Maps are considered as the ultimate winner in all areas we have examined. Bing is also revealing its resolve, and things may take a fresh turn once the Streetside project gets popular among masses. Mapquest lags behind Google Maps and Bing in numerous areas, but everyone feels that they will very soon bounce back with style.