Road Ninja :)

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by dancnoone, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    If you've seen the billboards and you have an IPhone get the app !
    Great companion tool for your GPS and any truck stop app you might have.

    The app displays up coming exits with selected (by you) attractions. It's not a "truck" app. But it is a nice one to have.
     
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  3. Skip1965

    Skip1965 Medium Load Member

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    I've had a Blackberry for many years now and am due for an upgrade. I have seriously been considering the iPhone.

    Okay drivers, tell me all the problems with the iPhone so I can weigh the negatives against the advertisements.

    Of course if you only have positive I guess I can always use that info too.

    Glad you like the GPS program dance694u, I have not found a GPS program that worked well for ME on any Blackberry I've had.

    Thanx
     
  4. Ex-Con-Trucker

    Ex-Con-Trucker Medium Load Member

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    Get an Android device. With Android, you have freedom. You can make the phone do anything you want, whereas Apple restricts what you can/can't do. Plus, Android is Google, which has awesome software that comes in handy trucking.

    What carrier do you have?
     
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  5. marmonman

    marmonman Road Train Member

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    I have an iPhone and an iPad and I will go back to blackberry when I up grade !
     
  6. Skip1965

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    I have a Blackberry bold now and have had several other BBs over the past 10 years or so; they're okay but not great. I do not like the GPS/maps programs that are available for the BB.

    My wife has had several versions of the Droids and are okay also. My son has an iPhone. I have used all these phones and like the graphics of the iPhone as well as its size, though I "Fat finger" more on the iPhone when texting than any phone ever; even turned on side using it in "Landscape" mode.

    The several Droids I have used all seem to work well and are a little easier to use to text with than the iPhone. However, the Thunderbolt was the easiest to type on of any touch screen I have ever used and is even easier than my Bold; the Bold is cramped. As far as my hand /finger size, I can wear medium-large gloves, possibly smaller than many drivers, and have difficulty with BB keyboards, so if you wear large-XL gloves you will likely hate a BB.

    I tested out the HTC Thunderbolt earlier today and liked everything I did with it. The GPS/maps program is AWSOME!! It allows you to do route planning and has a "Truck" setting that restricts routes to those that trucks can travel on. When I was checking phone out today I put in a starting point and an ending point that I knew would take the route under a low bridge (Start at 1000 West Rich Street Columbus Ohio and end at 400 West Rich Street). West Rich Street is a one way street going east from high addresses to low. GPS program when set to "Truck" would not plan route under bridge, program instead programed route to go north to Broad Street and around low bridge; YEAH!!. Hopefully it will do that with restricted route as well. I will test it a little more before getting phone, but I have been told it does.

    Now cost wise, the iPhone 4 3g w/16g, the HTC Thunderbolt 4g LTE w/32g, and Droid 4g w/32g (Combined, 8g+8g+16g), I looked at all cost the same when signing a new contract; $99. Also, with the Thunderbolt and Droid you get the GPS app at no cost to buy and no monthly subscription. I was told that the iPhone's GPS program cost to buy AND cost an additional $5 a month for the subscription. I would guess the relationship Google has with the other phone makers has something to do with the GPS app being free on the Thunderbolt and Droid.

    I like the iPhone's size better, as I carry my phone in my front pocket. However, the size difference of the cases is slight and don't believe it would be noticeable when carrying. The screen on the Thunderbolt IS LARGER than the iPhone's and that should come in handy when using apps.

    Depending on how much you use the phones, text, and GPS you can get away with as little as a $20 data plan, but not sure how much use that covers. In any case, all three phones require the same plans.

    All three phones have similar apps available and do a pretty good job with those apps. All three have Bluetooth everything... really, these three phones are very similar; sans a slightly different style and subtle differences as noted above.

    Battery life?? The Thunderbolt eats its power a bit faster than the others, however, Verizon has addressed this by offering an extended life battery for $25 to compensate; iPhone and Droid upgrade battery cost is $50. Still, with the small initial cost of the battery upgrade, Thunderbolt will last bunches longer than the factory iPhone or Droid battery, so a battery upgrade may be desired by all three. Remember, all three phones retain their full function while on a charger, so you may not need an upgraded battery if you use things like GPS in a vehicle with a good cigarette lighter and a charger.
     
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  7. Ruckie

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    I have the thunderbolt too, And that truck gps is 9.99 A month, not sure, if just to buy a truck gps or Just pay the 10 dollars for it.
     
  8. ohio_redneck75

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    just jailbreak your iphone the 5.1 is out for unthered
     
  9. Dieselboss

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    Uuuuh. What truck GPS is that again?
     
  10. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    I use AT&T.

    Android is good. My last phone was a droid.

    Apple only restricts those who leave their phones locked.

    As far as using my phone as a GPS like another poster hinted to. That's a waste of my time and phone. I have a GPS.

    The original thread was about Road Ninja....and it's purpose.

    Therefore, the Android is a complete failure. Since RN isn't available for Droid....yet.

    Road Ninja is simplistic in it's design. And serves a purpose for me.

    GPS functions tell you how far it is to your next turn/exit. Since Road Ninja is NOT a GPS program, and designed specifically for interstate use, it tells you how far you are from EACH exit within it's display and the corresponding exit number.

    If I have an urgent need to take a wizz. I want to know how far it is to the next exit....not my next turn.

    It also displays a list of user selected "points of interest" at each exit.
     
  11. Skip1965

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    $9.99 mo? Are you with Verizon? What service package are you set up with?

    When I checked the other day the truck nav program I was trying out is a free app. Once I get phone tomorrow or next day I will post the name of program.

    I have an unlimited service package
     
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