I would even go further than Andy Millar and say it is better and different. Chris Edwards chose to base much of his criticism on the presentation of static photos, and the lack of a sense of space. That largely ignores the primary features of Streetview, with the ability to undertake a full 360 degree view, to zoom at leisure, and to have the most striking sense of space and perspective if you turn the 3D view ON and invest 20p in a pair of anaglyph glasses (right click will get you there Chris, and ebay for the glasses !). And to have the sense of wandering around in historical sites, far better to go to Pompeii here
than Scott's or Shackleton's Hut.
I consider all of Google online geographic systems to be some of the best tools on the web, and use them with more confidence than I do the satnav!
Barrie Reynolds CEng MIET
Functional Safety TAP member
Chairman BSI GEL65/1 responsible for IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 in UK