This has always been the argument. $1,500 for monitors or $500 iPad. $1,000 nav or $200 voice Tom Tom. Most of the personal electronics are more advanced than the car. In the end I bought both because of the integration. Doesn't make sense.I was amazed to find that local businesses were not stored as a database in the car. Granted this can get dated. But every car out there has it. My guess is that they want us to buy the Infiniti Connection to use it when it finally gets expired. Or maybe in a few years they won't offer than function for free or as a trial.
I find the search on the phone easier and typing in the address into the nav.
Its amazing how they can charge 1000s for featureless systems that they want to charge again for. Sometimes I feel a car with an ipad dock and a data plan might be a better deal than these entertainment systems these idiots bolt on.