Version Reviewed: 2.0
iPhone Integration [rating:4/5]
User Interface [rating:4/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:4/5]
I have been a long time user of Gas Cubby and have really come to appreciate its many features that help keep me organized while indulging some of my more anal retentive tendencies. With a recent major upgrade and corresponding price increase, we felt it was time to put it through its paces here on 148apps.
When first using Gas Cubby you are taken to the 'New Vehicle' page where data on that vehicle is entered. There are fields where you can name the vehicle (for Gas Cubby purposes), enter the VIN#, license plate, insurance information, tire size and set parameters for service reminders, among other things. I find the Notes section particularly useful for entering data about a vehicle that I would otherwise be rifling through file drawers to find; examples include my XM radio ID for the car, warranty information and my Honda's radio unlock code. I do wish this sensitive information could be password protected from within Gas Cubby.
I drive a Prius and am therefore more likely than most to be concerned about gas mileage. But even if you're not a hypermiler, the price of gasoline and its environmental impact have made more of us concerned about the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. Gas Cubby makes it simple to record the details of your fill ups, including price, number of gallons, octane rating and odometer reading. Your MPG is auto-calculated and displayed after each full fill-up. In theory this works great because you always have your iPhone with you; in reality it requires all drivers of all vehicles to participate in this endeavor if you are to achieve accurate results. Gas Cubby's 2.0 upgrade provides great data graphs showing MPG and 'Gas Stats' when you turn your device sideways. An anticipated new feature implemented at the end of April allows you to import old fuel data into Gas Cubby; check out the App Cubby forums here for specific instructions.
Whether you hate the little windshield stickers that remind you to change your car's oil, can't remember the last time you changed your car's oil, or are simply looking for a more elegant solution for tracking your vehicle's maintenance than stuffing those pink pieces of paper into the glove box each time you leave Jiffy Lube, Gas Cubby can help. In addition to logging details of each service performed, you can set up service reminders that alert you at specified intervals to change the oil, check the battery, replace windshield wipers or wax your car, for example. The new version of GC allows custom service reminders and the option of turning on Gas Cubby's badge icon for due items. The app also tracks the total amount spent on each vehicle as well a running total for all vehicles.
Gas Cubby provides users a very detailed database for all vehicle-related information, tracking fuel efficiency and maintenance in a single application. Its latest version adds fuel data import via CSV, custom service alerts, data entry shortcuts, gas stat charts, badge icon reminders and online sync. The online sync serves to backup your information and allows data sync across multiple devices, which is very nice if multiple drivers in your household use Gas Cubby. And as always, your stored data can be exported in Excel format via email. Gas Cubby has an intuitive, beautiful user interface and is actively updated by its developers. It's price had been $4.99 until its recent update and is now $9.99, expensive by App Store standards. There is a Lite version available for free so you can try before you buy.