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2012 Toyota Prius C Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Entune Prefers Android

March 25, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

I use Toyota's Entune system every time I get into our long-term Toyota Prius C, because it's the only way to see traffic data on the navigation system's maps. But as we've written, it's kind of a hassle to set up, because my iPhone 4S (and the 4 before it) has to be plugged in and running the Entune app before you can establish the Internet connection.

During my recent trip to Arizona, we used my spouse's Samsung Galaxy S III for Entune purposes, and honestly, it's easier with an Android phone.

2012 Toyota Prius C

First, as you see here, you don't have to have your Android phone plugged in to make Entune work. Eventually, of course, you'll probably want to plug it in to prevent battery drain, but it's not required.

Second, you get a little more functionality with an Android (at least the Galaxy III). In addition to the traffic data and access to Entune's apps (Pandora is the only I really use), you get the equivalent of on-screen push notifications for text messages (though no speech-to-text capability for replies that I could see). And that's sort of useful.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 13,039 miles


Comments

  • rjparker rjparker Posts:

    My understanding is that Iphones with an enabled hot spot feature can be setup wirelessly. Apparently it's more of an issue that the carriers want their nickel out of the deal; a nickel that Apple enforces but Android does not.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ rjparker: That's interesting. Mine is an AT&T 4S, so it definitely doesn't have the hot spot enabled. I'm thinking I could wireless with an iPhone 5 as well.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    That is, ... thinking I could *go* wireless with an iPhone5...

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