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Looking to see a place where you can't get physically? The best way to do that is to use Google Earth. Google Earth is a geographical information program that provides you with a virtual globe and various maps. It obtains the images of Earth from satellites, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) onto a 3D globe. Therefore, Google Earth lets you see almost any spot on Earth from the space, zoom in and view it with an incredible level of detailing.

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Google Earth review

Looking to see a place where you can't get physically? The best way to do that is to use Google Earth.

Google Earth is a geographical information program that provides you with a virtual globe and various maps. It obtains the images of Earth from satellites, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) onto a 3D globe. Therefore, Google Earth lets you see almost any spot on Earth from the space, zoom in and view it with an incredible level of detailing.

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Functionality 5/5

With Google Earth, you can see almost any part of the planet in a high resolution looking perpendicularly down, from the bird's eye view or at an oblique angle. Most areas in Google Earth can be shown only in 2D aerial imagery, but some parts of the surface are available in 3D as well.

Google Earth has a wide range of features. It allows you to view basic graphic maps, satellite imagery maps and maps in 3D; find any city, street or house; measure distances; print out the images; save favorite places; use GPS coordinates and much more. You can also browse Wikipedia or Photos layers to obtain more information, and the built-in tour guide will help you during exploration of new places.

The Street View will make you feel like a real walker because with this feature you’ll be able to look at the realistic sights of the streets and houses, walk around and check looks from different perspectives and feel like you’re almost present there.

However, the satellite pictures of some small unpopulated areas might not get updated often. So, if you're looking to see not a highly popular place, you will likely see old pictures.

Google Earth has a Historical imagery feature that lets you go back in time and see all the taken throughout decades images. So you can just select an address and click on over 20 different views of the same address to see a timeline of what the location looked like over time.

Also, Google Earth displays day, night and shadows on any landscape based on the time of day. This option is called Sunlight button, and it lets you change the time of the day. So, with this feature, you can watch the sunrise or sunset anywhere in the world easily.

Design 4.5/5

Google Earth has a multifunctional and intuitive interface. It has navigation controls in the top right part and a large window through which you can view the globe. The controls include a Look joystick that lets you see in all directions from your current location; a Move joystick which sends you in the desired direction and keeps your view pointed; a Zoom Slider that allows you to zoom straight down from above and level off automatically.

Along with the option of zooming detailed images, you can split locations by the interests and mark your favorite places. You can also view your own map as well as placemarks created by others.

Usability 4.5/5

To start using Google Earth, you need to download an application (33.1MB), install it and have the Internet access every time you want to use Google Earth because the program streams its data in a real time.

Also, the controls feel pretty intuitive. But to use all your controlling opportunities, you should read the online User Manual first. Once you learn it, navigation won’t confuse you anymore.

Cross-platform use 5/5

Google Earth is available for use on personal computers running Windows 2000 and above, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above, Linux kernel 2.6 or later. This program is also available as a browser plugin and was developed for mobile viewers as well. You can download it for free in the App Store and Google Play market.

In-app purchases

The regular Google Earth is free, but Google Earth Plus costs $20 per year and integrates GPS and other capabilities. There's also a Pro version available that suits more for a corporate usage, has a faster performance and offers an add-on software.

Conclusion

Google Earth is a pleasure to use because it will provide you with an enjoyable, highly informative and funny educational experience and give you such capabilities that a physical globe simply doesn’t have.

Google Earth can help you with making a quick analysis for your business or with planning a vacation. All you need to do is just spend some time on spinning around on the computer screen and find all information that you need.

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Conclusion

Google Earth allows you to visit any distant location without leaving a chair and with all the available tools can be used in countless ways.


Pros : Has many various tools;
Lots of content available;
Great for education and exploring;
High-quality satellite images;
Location-specific details;

Cons : Can slow system;
Occasional graphics problems;
Takes some time to load;


Functionality 5

Design 4.5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 5


Average : 4.8




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