That second-rate approach is disappointing and inconsistent with Apple's general reputation for perfectionism.
The silver lining, as CEO Tim Cook himself pointed out while apologizing for the Apple Maps debacle, is that developers have made great alternatives.
Use these instead of the ones that come with the phone to get more out of your iPhone.
Use Google Voice
You may not even think of the iPhone's calling features as an app, but it is—one that makes calls and retrieves voicemails one at a time from a list. That's about it.
We wish that Apple would integrate the app into iCloud and allow us to access our voicemail and review calls from the desktop or an iPad.
That's why we suggest using Google Voice.
The Google Voice app doesn't completely replace the Phone app. But it works alongside it, giving users direct access to the search giant's calling service. Users can get a new number, send free text messages to U.S. phones, and make international calls for cheap.
There is also a built-in voicemail service that provides transcripts and can be accessed on the Web.
Use Google Voice in addition to Apple's phone app for more flexibility and features.
Google Chrome is an excellent browser alternative to Apple's Safari. The app allows you to request desktop versions of sites so that you don't have to deal with inferior mobile sites.
It syncs with your Google Account, meaning all you have to do is log in to get access to your bookmarks, tabs, and settings. If you already use Google services like Gmail, then switching to Chrome is a no-brainer.
The downside: Apple doesn't let you completely replace Safari with Chrome, so some links will still open in Apple's browser.