Well… The article at CNET thinks so. The author comes up with a host of other sites/services that are better than that of Google.
The article mentions that Yahoo Maps, Microsoft’s Windows Live Local, Yahoo Desktop Search and searches from Ask.com are better than their Google counterparts. The article ends as follows.
“If you’re devoted to Google out of force of habit or some affinity to the brand, I submit that it’s time you re-examine your habits. Google is good, but it’s not worth unyielding devotion.”
I belong to the category of users mentioned above. I am used to Google so much that nothing else comes to my mind.