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Mapbox building blocks make it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. They want to change the way people move around cities and understand our planet.

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Mapbox review by <span>Brandon I.</span>
Brandon I.
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"Great, other than the new pricing model"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, documentation and the API is very clean and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

The pricing model is made so that if your map gets any kind of traction on a blog or news website you're bound to be looking at a $500 - 1,000 bill.

Maps are charged per view. A view is 4 tiles on the screen. So most likely as soon as a user loads it and pans they've already used 2 views.

Not the easiest model to relay to clients since it's hard to estimate the amount of map views they will actually use, since one viewer could pan around a lot of the map and use 50. Someone else may not pan at all and use 1.

Other than PAYG model there is only one other, Commercial. Which is $500/month. Instantly pricing out most small agencies. There did used to be about 3 levels all with different map view quotas, which was better for scaling up your production pipeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pricing model is stupid - if you contact support they just try to upsell you

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating bespoke map based content pieces is really quick and easy.

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Mapbox review by <span>Levi M.</span>
Levi M.
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"Very cool for customizing tilesets. "

What do you like best?

The customizability of shapefiles, geojson, and kml files is pretty awesome. The ability to transform the map into an interactive game using mapbox's unity sdk is pretty cool. I am excited to explore mapbox's capabilities deeper in the near future.

What do you dislike?

Would be nice if it accepted zipped tile directories. Must use MBtiles or geotiff for raster map tiles. Wish you could do more than 15 tilesets on one map style. Stroke thickness is set to 1 px for vector tilesets, would be nice to have more customizability. Also would be nice if they had a .dxf to shapefile converter. Must use arcgis or other software to go from illustrator to mapbox.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tileset hosting. Map customizability and vector tile customizability. Ability to rotate the map.

What GIS solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Mapbox review by <span>Destiny K.</span>
Destiny K.
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"Amazing service! "

What do you like best?

Really great visual maps with plenty of customization. Really takes your website to a next level.

What do you dislike?

Website can be tricky at times to use, specifically with the coding. I feel like I love the maps but am not utilizing them to their full potential. A helpful youtube tutorial would be AWESOME to see all of the possible options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Seems to be pretty one of a kind. Really unique, cool product!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mapbox helps me while I am web designing to make data more interesting and visual. Pages which feature a mapbox maps tend to have more viewrs altogether.

Mapbox review by <span>Nicholas A.</span>
Nicholas A.
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"Great platform for creating data visualizations"

What do you like best?

I've used Mapbox for creating map-based data visualizations, primarily via Mapbox Studio. I like the ease of use and ease of publishing online for embedded visualizations, as well as the options for customizing the style of the maps. I'm also very impressed with how responsive the maps are for the viewer.

What do you dislike?

Creating your own map layers and merging them with Mapbox data can be a little clunky and take some getting used to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data visualization. The primary win is for a non-geo-expert like me to create professional-looking visualizations for communicating with colleagues and customers.

Mapbox review by <span>valbona x.</span>
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"Mapping away"

What do you like best?

Mapbox is great because it works well across both web and mobile platforms. Fresh looking map styles that make your project look more professional. I like that it’s easy to use. The style of the maps is also set for customization. Their support team is also great in answering questions.

What do you dislike?

The scaling of the map could use some work and getting used too. I’m also not sure if I love the pricing that they charge, but then again I would love for it to be free. Overall I think it’s great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Map design

Mapbox review by <span>Tyler B.</span>
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"Great team, great product, great service"

What do you like best?

The Mapbox team is top-notch. They are always ready to answer questions, provide support, and even take requests for bugfixes and new features. During our trial period, they even volunteered to create a custom map style just for our company, which looks stunning. Mapbox.js and Mapbox-gl-js are easy to learn and use, with large communities around them and a long list of examples. Finally, the Mapbox service itself is very affordable when compared with Google Maps, especially now that Google hiked up their prices.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike about Mapbox is the fact that WebGL support is still spotty on some browsers, meaning you have to engineer a fallback to Mapbox.js (the old library) if you want to have robust browser support. Since Mapbox.js and Mapbox-gl-js have totally different APIs, this means you will be writing your map code twice. Also, the geocoding accuracy isn't all the way up to Google's level yet, but for most data this won't be a problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The two main issues are browser support and geocoding accuracy. Do some tests on their geocoder using a trial account, and run some analytics to see how many of your users are on IE9 and IE10. If you are pleased with those two situations, then I highly recommend Mapbox to everyone!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company could have paid hundreds of millions of dollars extra to Google after their price hikes. Instead, we are switching to Mapbox and rewriting our map code. Already, our maps look way better.

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