Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Table Tennis 3D and bonus app: Car Maintenance Reminder Lite

Today's Free App of the Day is Table Tennis 3D
Originally $0.99

This is a virtual table tennis game. Ping pong, as the home game is called. However, the one star reviews cite privacy issues AND game play.

6 of 11 reviews are four stars and above.

So we have a bonus pick: Car Maintenance Reminder Lite.

This is a routine car maintenance and fuel log and reminder. It is the lite version, so you can only add one car. However, I liked it well enough to upgrade to the Pro version as we have multiple cars.

You enter your car's name, make and daily mileage. I entered Miata as the name, picked Mazda off the list presented. If you have a car not on the list, such as my Austin Mini Cooper, you can add "Not Specified." It would be nice to be able to add makes to the list.

I left the daily mileage at the default 15 miles a day (You can choose between 0 and 1000. It increments by 1 mile up to 20, then by 10 miles up to 100. And so on. If you are driving a thousand miles a day, oh, my!) The daily mileage is used to estimate when the next service is due for reminders.

The car shows up as a tab along the top with the manufacturer's logo. If you have the pro version, a tab for each car will show along the top. Save your entry.

You then enter the current mileage on the odometer. You can update the mileage. This is a single entry at any one time.

The default is to show maintenance records. If you want to switch to recording fuel mileage, tap on the "Show MPG tab in the upper left. To go back to Maintenance, tap on the "Show Maint."

You can then add notes about the car such as optimal tire pressure, engine oil type, or other notes. There is a single note area.

You then add maintenance.. You can add your last service for various items, as well as the odometer reading and date when they were done:

Oil change
state inspection
tire rotation
wheel alignment
engine air filter
cabin air filter
windshield wiper
transmission fluid
radiator coolant
brake fluid
spark plugs
front brake pad
rear brake
power steering fluid
timing belt

The various maintenance activities come with set intervals, such as 4 years and/or 60,000 miles for the timing belt. But you can change that by tapping on the little gear in the upper right of each activity.

You can also add custom maintenance tasks to cover items that you do routinely that aren't listed.

To add fuel records, tap on the "Show MPG." Tap on "Add Fill Up Record" on the right. You must enter the date, the odometer, and the volume (amount) of gas purchased. You can optionally enter the price or the total purchase (only enter price or total purchase, the app will calculate the other item), the octane (gas type) and a note, such as where you bought the gas (Atlanta, Fredericksburg, etc.). You can check "partial fill up" and "forgot to log last fill up." Save the record. To edit or delete the record, tap on it.

Once you've got a fuel record, when you enter the next fuel record, the app will guestimate the mileage based on your daily mileage since the last entry.

Once you have entered a record or preferably two, you can view various graphs about your fuel use. Tap on a graph to enlarge it and again to go back to all the graphs. You can view fuel statistics such as fuel economy, fuel consumption, drive dist per day, drive dist per fill up, days between fill up, volume per fill up, price, cost per fill up, per mile, per day, month or year. You can also toggle between using the last three months of data or all the records.

12 of 16 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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