Saturday, March 06, 2010

March Road Trip

Along the grapevine

This past week I drove up Interstate 5 to Visalia to deliver some car parts. I had my N97 with me and pushed it to its limits. I had Ovi Maps running to keep track of my speed and the Music Player was playing some podcasts so I didn't fall asleep from boredom.

The N97's FM Transmitter would be a great feature if there was some empty radio frequencies it could transmit with. For the entire drive, there was no station I could find to broadcast on. I ended up using the N97's speakers.

I made an effort to check in on foursquare every time I made a stop. I still like playing foursquare. I checked into rest areas and a 7-Eleven during my trip.

While I was driving, I had an idea. Ovi Maps should know if you're driving on the interstate and have a pop up telling you when the next rest station is. Maybe add an option for pop ups and categories you want to pop up when driving.

Taking this to the next level, this would be a great way for location based advertising. A restaurant could have a pop up for their business pop up when you approach. While I would HATE to see this if I'm driving around the city, I would love to see this option out on the highway.

With Ovi Maps, foursquare check-ins and the music player running via loudspeakers, the N97 lasted from 10AM to 3PM. It probably would have lasted longer if the car charger was working. The usb port on my N97 was very flakey so I sent it in for repairs the day after I got home. I'll be using the N82 in the meantime.