XeonPony wrote:The default Nissan app,, works great, so when I have an add free app that costs nothing (Well rather is included in the purchase of the car)
What can yours do that is special? (widgets are not special in my books, they waste power and increase the potential for errors)
I'm not the author of the app, but I can state its advantages to me:
First of all, I don't agree that the Nissan app works great. Well, it is better than it used to be, but it frequently would get "logged out" and you'd have to go through a login process. Really stupid IMO.
Second, the app can be programmed to do an automatic update when it detects loss of a given Bluetooth device, which normally you would set as your car's Bluetooth (you don't actually have to connect to the car's Bluetooth, it just monitors when it appears/disappears). The effect of this is that you can get an auto-update whenever you get out of the car so that the state of charge and climate setting is pretty much always accurate. With the default app you need to specifically refresh (well, you could set it to auto-update whenever you start the app, but if you are in and out of the app for whatever reason, it is creating unnecessary updates (which are really slow in case you hadn't noticed!) So you get updates precisely when you want them, and ONLY when you want them. AND, it happens quietly in the background without you ever having to manually initiate it.
This is important by the way, not just for accuracy of the state of charge display, but also if you use the app to turn on climate control. If you use the default app to turn on climate control, the climate control on button will be greyed out. So after you drive the vehicle and want to pre-heat/cool again, if you go into the app, you will need to do a refresh to un-grey out the Turn Climate On button. Which again, takes forever!
Finally, you may think that widgets are not that special and waste power and increase the potential for errors (I would disagree with this, or at the very most say that the amount of power wasted and potential for "errors" is extremely minimal. But what do you get for that? You get a SINGLE BUTTON access to the climate control and start charging buttons (and request update). No getting into the app, re-logging in, requesting a refresh, waiting for the refresh, then hitting Turn Climate On. Just hit a single button and be done with it. I would say that this feature alone has saved me hours over the past several years. WELL worth it in my opinion.