The fastest way to find a salad cart

Published August 8, 2009

Recently, we were enjoying a relaxing weekend and decided cooking wasn’t part of the plan. On Saturday, we wanted an Indian restaurant. We didn’t know where the nearest one was, so I pulled out my G1 and googled the area we were in, plus the type of restaurant we were looking for.

As it turns out, we were just round the corner from one, that we had walked past several times. It was on the top floor, with a simple sign on the window that you would only have seen by looking up. The door was round another corner, we went up the stairs, and lo and behold, Google doesn’t lie. The restaurant was lovely and the food was delicious.

Indian Restaurant

The next day, on the way back from the safari park, we decided to head towards a Harvester. Now, these restaurants are scattered about the country, and we didn’t know where the nearest one was, so the easiest thing to do was to visit the website on the G1. The 3G was a bit temperamental though, and the site wasn’t working. Instead, we typed into Google:

“harvester worcester”

Because that’s where we were. It came up with local results, and something that you don’t see on your standard web search - a phone number and a get directions button.

We hit the button, it took us straight into Google maps. It determined our location, and told us how to get to where we wanted to go.

Amazing! From not knowing where we were and feeling a bit hungry, we suddenly found ourself with all the information and tools we needed to get to our preferred restaurant.

The one drawback with this method is the postcodes. I can only assume that the G1 directions were based on the postcode, which led us to the wrong side of a roundabout. The road extended on both sides, with the same name on each, so it was easy to get confused. After just one three point turn though, we found our way to the right place. Not really the phone’s fault.

A lot of people worry about the fact that Google offers a little bit of everything and are slowly taking over. But the inter-connectedness of the Android experience really makes the G1 worthwhile, and now, I won’t leave home without it.

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