Since November I have driven for Uber part time. This post isn’t about that specifically, but I will follow up on that topic soon. Driving for Uber has been entertaining and some of my experiences will be detailed later. I truly value the opportunity that Uber has given so many, including myself, and while their practices can be infuriating at times they do an incredible job at what it is that they do; getting people from one place to another. I have used several phones and even an iPad Air 2 while driving for Uber and I continue to come back to one phone. That phone is the phone that has the best battery life of any phone I have ever used, the OnePlus One.
When driving for Uber I generally have my phone mounted by my rearview mirror on a mount I purchased back in 2012 and did not use until I started driving in November of last year. I keep Bluetooth connected at all times to my phone while Driving for Uber and my “shifts” if you want to call them that usually run about 6 to 6.5 hours. The longest I drive is between 8 and 9 hours. This Saturday night I took my phone off the charger at 7:30pm and after getting something to eat and taking a couple family members to their house I fired up the Uber Partner app around 8:15pm. Seven hours later at 3:15am I turned it off and headed home. I had 20 different rides that night and three additional cancellations. I spent nearly 3 hours using Google Maps for Navigation while going to riders as well as to their destinations after I picked them up.
The only time I was not on the phone with the screen on was from about 11:45pm-12:40am. I may or may not have been standing on the street outside of a sports bar watching the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight.
Once I got home and got ready for bed it was nearly 4am. 7:30pm-4am is a short 8.5 hours. During that time I had over 7 hours of screen on time. The 3100 mAh battery of the OnePlus One is a champ! During this whole time I was taking phone and making phone calls as well as occasionally checking Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter. Software wise I am running the latest stock CM12S version YNG1TAS17L.
Do not worry, the battery isn’t the only benefit. With the 5.5” 1080p screen the OnePlus One is large enough to make Navigation easy for me to see as well as my rider. This alleviates any potential for a rider to say that I took them on a joy ride and not directly to their destination. The software on the OnePlus One makes it really easy to navigate through and with Lollipop the transitions are quick and useful. This part, like any other software discussion is going to be based on preference for the user and while any other interface can get this done I prefer the look and feel of Cyanogenmod. I have used the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and the OnePlus One since working for Uber. With my portable chargers I am able to keep any device charged but the OnePlus One does not need to be constantly hooked up. The only better battery life was on the iPad Air 2 but the sheer size, without a proper mount is problematic.
So driving for Uber has been a reward both financially and in meeting and laughing with hundreds of people I would have never met elsewhere. When I am driving Uber I am using the OnePlus One because it is the best phone for driving Uber!