Review: VQ Mileage Tracker for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 29 Sep 2010 03:17 am
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VQ Mileage Tracker

For the majority of us, we still rely on gas to make us go (and no I’m not talking about bodily functions). Regardless if you are a road warrior, or a weekend sports parent, you want to keep an eye on your gas tank, as well as your mileage. Now that I think of it, you probably want to add up all of your travelling expenses; you do have to figure in your morning coffee right? Every expense adds up, sometimes even faster than the pile of fast food garbage in your backseat. The next thing you know, your office car pool, or family trip will include a wagon tied to a bicycle. Whether you need to report your expenses to your boss, or to your other half, your BlackBerry has it covered.

Let’s take a look at an application that offers to keep its grip at 10 and 2 on your mileage and expenses; VQ Mileage Tracker. This application can automatically track the mileage you travel and maintain a record of your expenses for future reporting. Do me a favour and tell those kids to settle down back there. I’ll turn this BlackBerry around and they’ll be no review for anyone!

About VQ Mileage Tracker

The application was developed by Xpressions Inc, also behind VQ Car Finder; which can remember where you parked – even if you can’t. In order to use VQ Mileage tracker, your BlackBerry needs to be running OS 4.5 or higher. The most current version of the application is 3.2.0 which requires 447.0 KB of space.

VQ Mileage Tracker works in both automatic and semi-automatic modes. Automatic Mode is available if you have in-car Bluetooth or the VQ Bluetooth Car Charger. The application will then automatically start tracking and record the distance you have gone. Users can choose between using miles and kilometres.

VQ tracking
start tracking

Semi-Automatic requires you to manually begin and stop tracking from the application menu. Many users don’t want to track their mileage all of the time (mixing business driving with personal), so semi-automatic mode may be the best option. The application is one of those “set it and forget it” types. There isn’t much you can do while tracking; just start and stop the recording process (this is probably because you should pay attention to the road silly). Each tracking session is recorded and able to be viewed in a list of routes; where you can see the date, the distance you have travelled, the start/end addresses (automatically or manually entered), as well as any expenses. Did I forget to mention expense tracking? Silly me.

VQ Review Routes
review routes
VQ add expense
creating an expense record

With VQ Mileage Tracker, you can note expenses for each route taken. Expenses can include; gas, maintenance, food, tolls, lodging, odometer and “other”. Most of the expenses will only track their respective costs. The Gas option will allow you to record the cost and volume of gas. Reports can also be generated from your routes manually or automatically (every week, month or quarter). These reports contain the same information you find when review your routes, only in CSV format for easy reporting and also includes start and end time.

I found that VQ Mileage Tracker worked better with BlackBerry Maps than with Google Maps. BlackBerry Maps can be viewed within the app. I have Google Maps installed, but when I want to view a map, I am redirected to my browser. To actually use Google Maps on my BlackBerry, I have to switch between the two applications. I guess I have to reinstall BlackBerry Maps.

VQ Settings
settings menu

While there aren’t any options to choose which days of the week you want to have the application active, you can easily turn tracking on or off for evenings (7pm to 5am) and weekends Friday 7pm to Monday 5am. Unfortunately these times cannot be altered.

Conclusion

VQ Mileage Tracker is a simple, yet effective way to keep tabs on your mileage and basic expenses on the road. If connected to your in-car Bluetooth, and reporting set to automatic, it will be a useful app that you will never have to think about. If you do want to manage it, I think a great addition would be the ability to set and receive reminders about car maintenance. The application is pricey, currently on sale for $9.99, from $19.99 until November 15th. You may find that it will help you manage your expenses a bit better and end up saving you money in the long run. There is a free trial available, so you can see if VQ Mileage Tracker is right for you. You can pick it up from the CrackBerry App Store.

Pros

  • Two modes; automatic and semi-automatic
  • Ability to generate reports
  • Record expenses for each route

Cons

  • Offers more support for BlackBerry Maps than with Google Maps

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7 comments

JeffB2002

I use this program all the time as I do a lot of travelling for work. I love it as all I have to do is attach the report generated to my expense report.

This is a must have program!

justplainlost38

Free trial option is not available. I was gonna try this out as I am going on a trip tomorrow. Oh well.

justplainlost38

Free trial not available in crackberry app store, but if you search for it on blackberry app store, it is available there.

3dfx

Tried this app 3 times now over the last few months and the semi-automatic mode just doesn't work. The application takes many minutes to start up as well. Having yet another cigarette lighter plugin adapter just doesn't do it for me so I think it's best only if you already have built in blue tooth. It's too bad as I really wanted this app. I'd have to give it a 1 out of 10.

young_adam

Hey guys,

I don't want to really complain; it's nice to have these reviews, but it seems like this app gets repeatedly reviewed, but without any additional necessity to do so.

Are you just cycling through the team members so everyone gets a chance at the app?

It looks like a great app, and I'm sure it is...just seems a bit overkill.

DrummerCT1

I tried it - didn't meet my needs for separating out Business vs Personal driving miles. Plus it seemed to increase my devices battery usage. Thus uninstalled the trial app.

gerrifairchild

I have used (read "struggled") with this software on my Blackberry Curve 3G for six months now; and I can't for the life of me understand any review that gives a positive recommendation for it. At first, it worked as advertised, but after a week or so, issues began to arise.
It malfunctions on a daily basis, both in semi-automatic and automatic mode. It puts me in Alaska, Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc etc, when in reality I am always in OHIO.
The bluetooth adapter quit working after six weeks, and it took the company three months to send me a replacement.
The customer service of this company is the absolute worst I have ever encountered. It takes days, weeks or months for them to respond to emails, and when they do, they are totally unhelpful in resolving issues like the one I mentioned above.
If I had to guess, the "satellite" that they use is a piece of tin foil stuck on a cell tower or flag pole somewhere, because that's about how well it works.
It is a great idea, and I really wanted to use it for my small business and have stuck with trying to deal with issue after issue for the last six months, but I'm about to give up, which is something the people behind this piece of garbage really don't care about - they just want their $9.99 and extra for the adapter.
Save your money.