Originally Posted by Android Apple Guy
Yeah maybe since you are such a expert about the areas in which you live you don't need Google Maps. What I was trying to convey in a short paragraph is how useful the voice search is especially when it has the capabilities to look up places on Google Maps.
Do I need to use Google Maps on a daily basis to get home from work? No!
However, I am out a lot and I find myself quickly looking up places of interest by the voice search software and Google Maps. Believe me, if I'm out and need to stop at Target it is much easier to say "Find Target". Google Maps opens showing me the Targets nearest to me and has details such as hours of Operation and phone numbers in case I need to call for a question. This process is much simpler than typing everything out and looking it up on the run.
While you might not find this feature useful in your personal life, many other people do. You missed the entire point of my whole post. It doesn't matter if its Apple, Android, or a Windows 7 phone. We should want a level of competition in the market place that pushes innovation and thus giving more value to the consumer.
Besides Google Voice, all those features are on the iPhone. You must be one of the group furious at Apple for not including Google Voice hoping to bypass your telco and use VoIP. I didn't miss your point.
I shared what this professional uses to get his work done.
Most kids social network on their phones whether its a Blackberry, iPhone, Android, etc., and from the looks of it the ``just works'' crowd gushes over the simplicity and consistent feel of the iPhone.
You don't see large clicks of iPhone developers screaming about some of the FOSS rhetoric leveraged as marketing fodder from Google and other Android based providers.
How come? Because they are making money. If 20% of all new iPhone apps come from startups they are looking to make money as it's their livelihood. They're in it to pay bills and not expand the philosophy of GNU FSF or it's sisterhood GPL crowd.
Google's business model on advertising is worth billions. They chose the Apache license for a reason. It affords them a compromise while keeping their cash cow moving forward.
Multi-tasking you elude towards in your list of what you use your phone for is not suffering under the iPhone OS as people aren't clamoring [like you wished they would] for having say 5 or 10 apps running swapping back and forth all in a view that fits in your back pocket.
You can bet the iPad will be advertising the Multi-tasking it will logically include [iPhone 4 as well, but you won't see the massive blitz campaign for it] not for the sake of multi-tasking but shown for the sake of interoperability between apps you use while on your iPad, comfortably sitting on the couch or on the train, plane or in the passenger seat of someone's car, or in an office meeting, etc.
Apple knows how the connection of the Interface works and engages the User. KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid.