- Aug 31, 2002
Hmm... Acura's have pretty good in-car navigation. There was this Acura that almost idled into the person in front of him in a traffic jam and took the next exit thinking he was clever. Then the traffic cleared since it was just rubber necking.It's a HUGE deal. Huge. It isn't all just social media apps and freemium games.
Without a smartphone I can't:
-Quickly look up restaurants around me when I am visiting a new area and be able to narrow down only to ones highly review on yelp (aka avoid a bad meal)
-Look up the price of something that catches my eye in Best Buy to see if it is a crap product. If it isn't a crap product, I use my smartphone to force Best Buy to pricematch Amazon (aka save money)
-Let it tell me the fastest route to places, including changing the route while I am driving to take into account traffic that formed since I left (aka save time)
-Use Google Now to vocally create reminders so I don't forget all the stuff my wife asks me to do in the morning the second I come to a busy work day (aka save my marriage)
All of these things require not only a smartphone, but an internet connection. Unless you carry around a LTE tablet all the time you are literally cutting off functionality in your life.
Taking away my smartphone would be like taking a time machine into the past. I count on it daily, almost hourly, to make my life better. It is worth twice what I am paying for it IMHO and gets used more than my desktop, my game console, and my HTPC combined.
With that said there is a lot of value out there now compared to a few years ago.
The highest reviewed restaurants just care the most about reviews. Alot of local places I like actually aren't the highest rated.
I pretty much never step into a best buy to begin with. Problem solved.
It helps less than you think it does.
Any route through the city done on google maps is incorrect because the traffic flow through specific intersections is very specific with regard to which lanes have an easy left or right turn, which lanes become turn only lanes, and which lights have poor timing etc etc. If anything avoiding the route that everyone is googling for is a good way to go.