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    Default Using your smart phone as a tool

    I use my smart phone often as a tool for tuning my boat so I figured I would share a couple of my secrets and see if anyone else uses any other useful jet boat tuning apps.

    I use the app “bubble” on my Droid X as a level and angle finder. It is handy for finding ride plate, nozzle angle etc in degrees to the nearest hundredth. It’s a valuable tool for recording where you have your equipment setup while testing.

    I also use the UlysseSpeed GPS speedometer which includes features for top speed, distance, etc. This saved me the $ of having to buy a handheld GPS to see if my hardware changes are helping or not.

    Also, don’t forget the flashlight app. It’s absolutely a must have.

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    I have the Droid X also- I have several GPS programs, speedometer, and a dynomaster app that will log runs. Not sure how accurate it is cause I have nothing to compare it to but you can log a run and then it will overlay and plot your run on a GPS satellite image of where you were- then share it with others if you want. I have NOT tried this in my boat however, but it should work the same as in the car. You set it up- then when you nail it, it starts the clock- and logs you through the 1/4 mile. I guess the phone has an accelerometer type sensor in it but it reacts instantly. It tells you elasped time, top speed, derives torque/hp etc... Like I said, dunno how accurate it might be but the car drag guys say within 2%-7% of the numbers they run at the track. Just a neat toy- I never can seem to remember to play with it in the boat- probably because it IS hard to see the display in bright sunlight.

    I loaded my entire CD collection on the durn thing so I don't even bother with a CD player in my cars anymore- just amps/speakers.

    I have 4-5 full length movies that I ripped down and loaded on it- good for those times when sitting in an airport or on the throne.

    The flashlight app is invaluble- I use it daily.

    Camera takes good pic's- and can download right to the net.

    Oh yeah- you can talk on the phone on the darned thing too!!

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    Droid X for the win!

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    My Casio Boulder (stupid phone) makes a great little hammer. It works better for that than it does as a phone.

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    Hah! So it's not just me that uses the damn thing more for it's apps than for a phone. I've got the Incredible 2 and the Droid apps are awesome.

    As far as flashlight features, the "Brightest Flashlight" is awesome. Ive used it under the deck of the boat and it works great. I have some gps programs but havent found one I love.

    Whats the best gps program folks are using?

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    I have I-phone and use the speed box app. It has gps speedo and distance traveled. VERY accurate. Great for testing mph in boat.

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    I was on a job site last week and a guy was using his phone as a studfinder I thought that was cool.

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    Stuff like this keeps me employed.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    My Casio Boulder (stupid phone) makes a great little hammer. It works better for that than it does as a phone.
    HAHAHAHA! That is classic! Thanks for the laugh Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blender over View Post
    Stuff like this keeps me employed.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS&B1 View Post
    I was on a job site last week and a guy was using his phone as a studfinder I thought that was cool.
    there is an app for that??
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    Are you looking for a stud
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoldHondaBoughtHondo View Post
    Are you looking for a stud
    maybe
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    Quote Originally Posted by rampgirlll View Post
    there is an app for that??
    that was good.

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