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The same amazing Earth touring app found on the desktop, now spinnable via multitouch. Honestly if someone told me two years ago I would have a functional Google Earth app on my phone, I wouldn't have believed them. This is now.

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From The App Related: Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth. Including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.

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Make sure you try out Earthscape, too. In some ways it's more polished than google - Instead of little block to mark pictures (like shown above) you get thumbnail previews. Instead of just a "W" for wikipedia articles, you also get the name of the article so you don't have to click blindly.

They are also building a great photosharing community, so any picture you take will instantly be available to all other users (as opposed to google, which uses just pre-canned pictures). This feature is pretty cool - I saw pictures of a bomb-defusing robot in downtown S.F. before it was on the news. People can also comment on your pictures and you can follow other people. There is one guy — the mad trucker — who drives all up and down the east coast taking pictures of all sorts of things.

Google has one major advantage - currently it has better international imagery. So, I'd suggest downloading both (they're both free). But, in terms of dynamic content that keeps the app interesting, I vastly prefer Earthscape.