Why does Google Maps work so horribly on the iPhone??

Does anybody else get extremely frustrated with Google maps? 9 times out of 10 it takes at least 30 seconds to fully load the map around my area. Showing traffic just doesn't function sometimes. It will stop loading when my map is still grey...the list of glitches goes on and on.
I had an HTC Droid before my iPhone, and although my iPhone is infinitely better, Google Maps did work flawlessly on my Droid.
I almost think that it doesn't work well because of the clash with Google and Apple softwares but I really don't know.
Is this happening to anybody else?

Bingo -- same finding as BikerBill7.
For some reason, even though I do not set "country" in any of my Address Book entries on Mac, for some reason when I sync the iPhone Contacts inserts the "United States" into all my domestic contacts' addresses.  Even when I delete the address, re-enter in Address Book, and resync, it still adds the country. (Does not qualify as "syncing" in my opinion...)
As a result, anytime I use my Contacts to obtain directions the Maps app stalls until I can interrupt and delete the "United States" from the address location bar and route again.

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