[BCAB] RNIBNavigator impressions and some observations

Chris Apple boy christopherh40 at gmail.com
Sat May 10 10:33:11 BST 2014

Hi all
It does doesn't it. I purchased a pack from Amazon so will see what it's 
like and how it works. I just feel if I'm going to use battery intensive 
apps such as Rnib Navigator it's time I get one of these. I was actually 
going to get a Mophy Juice Pack until Ibrahim told us about these.

On 10/05/2014 09:45, Martin wrote:
> Thanks very much for this link Ibrihim.  I will certainly take a look at
> this battery pack, it sounds a great idea.
> All the best and take care
> Martin
> -----Original Message----- From: Ibrahim Gucukoglu
> Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 10:24 AM
> 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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