How World Landmarks Look in Apple vs. Google Maps

Report: Apple Maps Most Popular iPhone App in 2012

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1. Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

1. Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

When Apple Maps launched in September, there was a funny picture of the Eiffel Tower looking like it had been run over by a gigantic steamroller. The image was one of the many iconic examples of how Apple's app came up way short. Now Apple's Eiffel outshines Google's washed-out looking image.

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If Apple is the Superman of tech companies, the iOS 6 Apple Maps app would have to be its kryptonite. The company revealed its iPhone 5 and iOS 6 at a ballyhooed press event in September. Ever since, all anyone seems to want to talk about is the shortcomings of Maps.

To make room for its own version, Apple eschewed the reliable Google Maps app. At Mashable, we showed you some of the most comical failures of Apple's Maps.

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Now, Google Maps is back with a vengeance. The free app became available in the Apps Store last week and within hours it shot to the top of the most downloaded list. The app reached 10 million downloads within 48 hours of its release.

Although Apple has had a few months to patch its app, people still seem dissatisfied. Performance aside, Google and Apple maps do a somewhat comparable job of producing images of places. Scroll through the gallery above for a side-by-side view of some of the world's most famous monuments as seen through each app.

Which maps app do you use and why? Give us your insights in the comments below.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.

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