We have had someone request we use the new google maps api as opposed to the plain ol open google maps. I would love community feedback on this issue.
I could be swayed either way. Ultimately the question is: would you be willing to go get a google maps api key for your site if the map was nicer?
Pro's Vs Cons
Plain Old Gmaps:
* no api key needed for your site
* only english
* older ui look
* have to get a n api for your site and put it in the admin panel
* translatable (so I'm told)
* nicer looking and no random links on it