Originally Posted by wolfhow1
Google maps provided iPhone users with a significant risk of motor vehicle accidents, injury and deaths. What kind of screwed up values puts a "business edge" on providing turn by turn, voice directions on their own platform and denies this to hundreds of millions of drivers. Do the math. How many have died because Google, by its very nature, does Evil. While Consumer Reports has every reason to compare features, how about the biggest feature, safety. In the end Google prefers to harvest its consumers lambs to slaughter. Where is the outrage over this "business decision." Google- We steal; we maim; we kill."
What REALLY annoys me with this really POOR REPORTING is that nobody compares the Apple Maps to the Google Maps on an iPhone. When they talk of Apple's hubris, or being too late to the map party, they don't bother to talk about how left behind Google was leaving their iPhone development.
And YES, distractions and business should LOSE POINTS on a map app. Apple will probably add more features, but the default screen should be much less cluttered with ONLY what you need to see, and a user needs to see the path from the distractions at a glance. MORE = more accidents, not more power.
I'm not making an excuse for Apple's "new" offering and growing pains -- just agreeing that Apple did their homework once again on usability. 95% of the people don't use 90% of the gee-wiz features, so getting the basics down is the most important evaluation.
However -- I can't agree with the hyperbole over Google's datamining - though it is bad, Apple is now integrating FaceBook. It should be a highly controlled option -- but having it seem so casual for users means that a third-party gets to datamine EVERYTHING they do. Of course, at least with iPhone you can turn most of it off.
>> Also -- apple having the controls for apps sending and receiving data in THEIR settings menu, might be less intuitive -- but it's a better way to control things than "in the app." One, because every app can have a different way of hiding settings, and Two, because a developer with less scruples could be tricking you into sharing your data. So I'd much prefer having absolute knowledge of all apps, rather than an honor system that only fails with the worst offenders and you leak data (and battery life) like a sieve.