"Where is..." questions seem especially important to combat range anxiety when you're out driving. Sure the car GPS may tell you "where is a restaurant?" but it's not so good telling you "where is a restaurant I'd want to eat at?" The most efficient use of kWh is not to drive somewhere at all because you found what you need nearby.GeekEV wrote:My favorite use for a smart phone is answering those "why is..." questions when you're out and about and they pop in to your head. Instant gratification.
However it's worth noting that you can get a smart phone or tablet without a data plan, albeit without the discounted hardware price from the subscription subsidy. http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f ... fi+only%22 I have a "cheap" limited data plan from T-mobile and use 3G data only in special circumstances. You'd be amazed how many places offer free WiFi. (Now if they would all offer free recharging too - but that's another thread...)
Finally, noting the OP's desire to remotely turn on climate control... I guess you'd mostly want to do that from home or from the office, so you could just use the web interface from a computer and skip the smartphone altogether. Didn't I read here somewhere that the web interface offers the same functionality as the iPhone app? I sure hope so since the delivery estimate of the Android app is still "Pending."