- Start screen
Just what you see as the app loads.
- The world in your hands
Here you can see some of the featured photos, plus the Earth-wide view you get when the app starts.It would be nice to come back where you left off, or have favorites visible when you start.
- Eastern US
Again, photos appear. You can see major cities as you 2-finger zoom into the Earth, while using 1-finger to move the planet.
- Zooming into a region
Two fingers and one finger used to zoom in are nice, but you can also click on a word as you're doing this to have it automatically zoom in to that area.
- Flying in to Knoxville
The photos dropped off at a certain point, leaving the W's for Wikipedia articles and the city names. Here I'm travelling to Knoxville, TN.
- Moving around to a city
Here you can see the map as it resolves, but the detail gets much better. Just as good as Google satellite imagery.
- Zooming in further and resolving
Now we see the University and the Body Farm, and the map is in three phases of resolution, plus you've got some patches of different photos.
- Resolved on University of Tennessee
Not bad quality, you can really see the Body Farm well!
- Neyland Stadium
Once again we see what a nice job Earthscape does. At this point the eye is looking UP (on the toolbar at the bottom). By clicking that eye it will look up or down and you enter 3D mode vs. 2D. When the eye is pointing down on the toolbar, it is in 2D mode.
- Looking around in 3D
Here you see what happens when you look up and start to look around: the map goes 3D and nearly centers the horizon. While the resolution of the geometry won't have you orienteering any time soon, it is reasonable and a fun thing to watch.
- Moving around some more
It can be a little tricky moving around, however. 3D mode prefers you stay in one area, unlike the more fluid movement you get in Google Earth. Here I haven't moved very far. The camera on the toolbar takes a pic of this, while the target icon will take you to your current location -- very quickly!
- Looking down
Here's the region at pretty high-res. The lag is variable when downloading textures, but comparable to using Google Earth. I was on wifi and it wasn't bad at all.
- Zooming from globe to location
Going back into the app you go to the globe, but what happens if you click on, say, Grand Canyon? You zoom in really fast, resulting in a big brown patch! Just like Google Earth, again.
- Looking up quickly
Again, if the textures haven't loaded and you try to look up, you're gonna get the low-res versions. It took only about 5 seconds for this to resolve to... (next pic)
- Nice 3D with large mountains
This, although partly downloaded, shows the nicer 3D you get with large mountains.
- Can't look up in space
As you can see on the toolbar, when you're out in space you can't look "up"
- Choosing what photos you see
You may choose either Earthscape or Flickr, but not both. Or "none" but where's the fun in that?
- Layer options
Borders, City names and Wikipedia... although borders tend to only be country borders and Wikipedia sometimes had strange gaps (no entry for Knoxville?). City names worked surprisingly well, although it would name neighborhoods, not always cities (example: Fountain City is a neighborhood IN Knoxville)