[BCAB] RNIBNavigator impressions and some observations

Colin Phelan Colin_Phelan at pmlgroup.com
Fri May 9 10:28:05 BST 2014


Ibrahim,

The amount of technology you carry on your person would seem to be phenomenal - do you pull a wheel barrow around with you!
Colin 
Ps played with the headphones last night, pretty cool as you say 


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Ibrahim Gucukoglu
Sent: 09 May 2014 10:25
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] RNIBNavigator impressions and some observations

Hi Martin.

I'd like to recommend that you buy a portable battery pack for your iPhone, this will charge your iPhone and give it a much needed boost.  The user guide does tell you that you can expect roughly 3 to 3.5 hours continuous use using GPS, because the app poles the server for updates on your position every 15 seconds, this undoubtedly contributes to the battery drain.  Anker do an excellent battery which is lipstick sized, I carry one around with me in my belt pouch, a link for it is here:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Compact-Lipstick-Sized-Sensation-ThunderBolt-Blackberry/dp/B005QI1A8C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399627406&sr=8-3&keywords=anker
Happy navigating, make sure that you hear the position aquired sound before venturing out, this could take a couple of minutes depending on your phone's location.

All the best, Ibrahim.


-----Original Message-----
From: Martin
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 10:06 AM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: [BCAB] RNIBNavigator impressions and some observations

Hello everyone

I have been using the RNIB Navigator app now for a few days with varied results.  My first attempt was somewhat disappointing, but I was a bit rushed and hadn’t taken time to read the on line Manual.  However, after doing this after my first use, I found I could change from the tom tom setting to the foursquare setting and the second attempt was much better, but still couldn’t get to announce road junctions.  By my third attempt however, the app was working brilliantly and not only announcing places nearby, but was announcing street names ahead as well.  It even recognised the name of our local blind Charity.  The only real issue I have had with this app is that it seems to drain the battery in my IPhone 5S  very quickly.  For example, I left my home yesterday morning at about quarter to nine  and despite some breaks where I turned the app off to hopefully save the battery, by about quarter to three whilst having my lunch in my  local pub, I looked at the battery on my phone and was shocked to see I only had nine per cent battery left.  I started out with one hundred per cent fully charged.  Anyway, last night I did the usual things that people tell me to do to save battery life such as turning off apps that run in the background. 
This wasn’t to hard as I have loads of apps so I could turn of ones I didn’t use that much.  The result was that this morning I took a trip to the post box to post my talking newspaper and despite the app not working as well as it did yesterday, I only lost about four per cent of battery power.  Has anyone had these issues with the battery running down so quickly whilst using RNIB Navigator?  I haven’t used as much today I know, but despite this issue with the battery, I think this app has a lot of potential, but I am undecided at the moment weather I will pay  for another subscription.

all the best

Martin
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