As you might already know by now, Uber operates via an app. The app is found in both the Apple and Google stores and that only means that as a driver, you would be required to own or lease a smartphone. You can either get yourself an iPhone or iPad running IOS 8 or later versions, or settle for any of the android phones spotting android 4.0 or newer. It is however recommended to use the newer versions of the smartphones or tablets so that the Uber app and navigation function flawlessly.
Tablets are pretty popular amongst some drivers. This is because they have bigger displays for when they are using the navigation tools. They don’t have to strain to see the GPS directions. When considering getting a tablet, you can either get one with a GSM kit or wireless connectivity. A tablet that uses a SIM card should be data enabled on 3G or 4G networks. This is because you will spend most of your time online and you can use a data connection from your service provider.
In the case that you are using a wireless tablet, you would want to create a WiFi hotspot with your smartphone. This should enable you to use your phones internet on the tablet.
Below we are going to look at some of the things that you should take into consideration when choosing the right smartphone or tablet.
The size of the LCD screen is a very important factor. The bigger the screen, the better for you because it will be easier to use the GPS to your location in the app.
having an efficient and accurate GPS is very important because that is what you’ll be using for directions. Do a thorough research concerning any phone or tablet before purchasing it. Look at user reviews to gauge the performance. The more upper mid and high end devices should work just fine for you.
Nobody would want to ran out of battery juice on the job. That is why it is important that you get a phone with a long battery life. This might not be such a big issue as most drivers have travelling chargers in their cars, but it is just a precaution.
You’ll want to get a phone that can be mounted on your dashboard. A phone mount is a priority for Uber drivers as it is not professional to hold your phone while driving. Most phones can be mounted, and phone mounts can be found in the stores. The mounts are cheap and efficient.
This is more on the accessories side. You’ll need to have your phone plugged into the cigarette lighter or charging port of the car when it is running out of juice. Getting yourself a dual or multiple charger is important. This way you can charge your phone and also your passengers, adding value to the ride.
This is another value addition to your ride. You might have passengers that would like to stream music from their phones in your car speakers. This would be a big plus. You might also want to listen to the music on your phone too. This however, is not very important because most modern vehicles have Bluetooth that can do the same thing.
It is common to experience problems with your phone. Below are some of the most common.
This usually happens when you’re taxing your phones processor to hard. Make sure that it is in a cool place and not in direct contact with the sun or any other heat emitting device. Unplug from the charger if the phone is fully charged.
when this happens, you can reboot the system and then only run the apps that you’re using.
you might not see or hear notifications. Hike up the volume and if you’re using a Bluetooth hearing aid, make sure that it is turned on.
Overall, rebooting the phone is the best medicine for phone problems.
If you have no plans for buying a phone, there is the option of leasing one from Uber. This however is very expensive in the long run and it would be wiser for you to purchase one. You start off by paying a refundable deposit of $200, where an average of $50 will be deducted from your account progressively. You will then be paying $15 for your weekly data. It doesn’t matter whether the data was used or not. Another disadvantage of this is that the phone is locked down. You won’t be able to install or uninstall anything, and in the event, that anything happens to it, you’ll be held accountable. It would just be better to buy your own. Well, there you have it, everything you need to know about the kind of phone you need as an Uber driver.