I’ve been using Google Local/Maps for a while now. When they started out, they were not half as good as they are today. Especially, Google India maps. The improvement is quite remarkable in a short span of time. When I got my N82 in January, the in-built Nokia maps was way better than Google Maps. Maps data was terribly insufficient. Now, just after a couple of months, maps has improved a whole deal.
I use the internet on my phone a whole lot more than on my computer. If you have a smartphone and are interested in trying out mobile internet, there are a couple of Google applications you must certainly try.
GMail Mobile – This is a faster way to access GMail. This is the application that I use the most on my phone. You can also access attachments if your phone can has MS office/ Adobe installed. Its reliable most of the time though it crashed on me about 3-4 times in the last 2 months. Reading your emails in just a couple of clicks is worth giving it a try anyways.
Google Maps – You can find destinations, check routes, get traffic updates (not in India yet, though) et al. The latest version even has a GPS locater which in my experience is quite accurate.
Both these applications can be synced with your PCs.
Google Search – There’s also a new search application that is merely a text box that opens up in one click and lets you search. You can perform image searches as well. Other than the fact that it is faster than going to google.com, it pretty much is the same as searching from the homepage.
There’s also an YouTube application which doesn’t work in India as yet for very obvious bandwidth reasons. Maybe 3G connections will fix this!