Get Google Earth!
By Google Inc.
Google Earth is not about directions. It’s about exploration. And we love it.
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When you first open Google Maps — Google Earth’s sister program — it loads right where you are, with the idea that it will lead you to where you’re going. But when you first open Google Earth, it loads in outer space. Earth appears as a big blue button upon a starry black backdrop. And when you set your finger to the screen and find that you can spin the small planet any which way, you soon realize the idea is that you can go anywhere. It’s really quite thrilling.
Google Earth is immensely detailed and elegantly simple. It operates using the same controls as your phone’s browser or photo gallery: swipes to move, pinches and pulls to zoom in and out, and you’re off. The app’s coverage of the earth’s terrain and civilizations is increasingly expansive. You can choose, for instance, to find your own home or fly to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The app also packs in photos, Wikipedia entries and other goodies all over the map. It’s not going to tell you how to get from point A to point B, but with all the exploring there is to do, you won’t want it to.
Reviewed: Jun 09, 2011 | Nick Hurwitch