Google Maps vs. Bing Maps: a showdown of satellite images

Let's take a head-to-head look at Google Maps and Bing Maps to see which service provides a better view of various locations.

By Daniel Ionescu, PC World |  Internet, Bing, Bing Maps

Microsoft has set its sights on Google Maps, adding more than 165 terabytes of new satellite imagery to Bing Maps. This is the biggest ever data release for Bing Maps, which had 129TB of data at its disposal.

Of course, Google isn't standing pat; the company has added detailed 3D landmarks to its service.

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Let's take a head-to-head look at Google Maps and Bing Maps to see which service provides a better view of various locations around the world.

Hagia Sophia -- Istanbul, Turkey

Looking at the Hagia Spohia museum in Istanbul, Google Maps' satellite view has more vivid colors, but Bing Maps has the upper hand when it comes to noticeable details, especially looking at the intricacies of the roof.

Winner: Bing Maps

Schloss Moritzburg -- Germany

The Moritzburg castle in Germany shines on Bing Maps, while Google Maps has washed out colors and lacks detail.

Winner: Bing Maps

Durrat Al Bahrain -- Kingdom of Bahrain

The stunning man-made islands in Bahrain look good in both Bing and Google Maps, with a lot of visible detail, though with a noticeable color reproduction difference.

Winner: Tie

Fields near San Agustin -- Andalusia, Spain

The fields near the Andalusian town of San Agustin are rich with sharp details on Google Maps, but on Bing Maps the colors really pop out and give it a more realistic feel.

Winner: Tie

Mendenhall Glacier -- Juneau, Alaska

The details, shadows and colors in Bing's imagery of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska are topping Google Maps, which has imagery on a less sunny day it seems.

Winner: Bing Maps


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