Application Name: Carrr Matey
Description: Marks your car’s parking spot, navigates you back to it.
Publisher’s website: Carrr Matey
Cost: Free; ad-supported.
Version/date reviewed: v.1.6.7 / 9-7-10
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.1
There’s a ridiculous number of parking spot apps on the Android market, most of which are pretty plain – mark your spot, and show it on a map. Carrr Matey stands out by adding a bit of fun to the process with a marine/piratical theme.
Figure 1: If you have a GPS fix, your current location will be indicated by a blue dot in a Google Maps view. Took me a while to realize that the crossed swords at the bottom was the “zoom in” button (+), and the single horizontal sword was “zoom out” (-).
Figure 2: When you’ve parked your car, tap the “Drop Anchor” button to mark your parking position with a ship icon. If you don’t have a good GPS fix, you’ll be told that, and given the option of marking your spot by tapping on the map.
Figure 3: You’ll also be given the option to set a timer, for when your parking time runs out. After setting your time, and marking your position, make sure you exit the app to turn off the GPS tracking – this will keep the battery from draining. The timer will continue to run in the background even after you exit the ap
Figure 4: To find your car again, tap the “Find Vessel” button. You’ll have the option of either using the map, or using a compass that points in the direction your car is located, along with the approximate distance. Yards for distance only; bit less than a meter for most of the world
Figure 5: If your car is parked inside a parking building, you can use the “Harbor” button to bring up a screen that lets you mark its position. You scrawl the letters/numbers by hand; I expected a standard text box, but this is faster, and good enough. You can clear earlier entries from the menu. Tap on the color box to bring up a palette that lets you choose from 9 different colors.
- Choose either Google Maps street maps or hybrid maps (road + satellite view)
- Send someone either your parking location or current location via email
- Saves your last 5 parking spots in a list; if you drop something at an earlier parking spot, you can find that spot again
Nothing major. It would be nice to have the option of marking multiple spots at once, but the “last parking spots” list is a reasonable substitute.
Does the job, adds some fun, and is good for a laugh when you show it to others. What more do you want? Arrrrrr!