I recently bought an OBDII bluetooth dongle/"thingy" from eBay, there are loads on there - you probably all know the ones, they are based on something called ELM327 and they all look similar to this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321370571723
Anyway for £5.25 I thought I'd give it a punt.
The hardware is nothing special but does fit nicely inside the fuse box - although is a bit fiddly to get back out again!
For the software I went away and downloaded the most recommended OBD app for Android, Torque. I figured I'd go for the 'Lite' version to make sure it worked first before shelling out a few quid. The good news was that my car connected and was relaying information to the phone but I just found the app was dreadfully designed and I struggled to work out how to get the most from it, something ultimately I wasn't sure I wanted to spend money on.
Anyway 30mins later back out to the car with a different app. "Piston
" was free and had a much better interface but seemed to be quite new in comparison to something like torque. but all the basics appeared to be there.
Both the "Live Data Stream" and "Fault View and Delete" appeared to work as expected (although no faults found on my car could have been a bug? I guess?) and was very easy to add additional sensors to the page. I would recommend this app for a starter for ten and I hope the app developer will continue to develop this app to make it much better than it is now. Personally I'd like to see graphs and maybe GPS tracking like torque, it would be nice to get a better indication if faults have been scanned rather than just a few spinning arrows and a quick message saying no faults
Has anyone else used a similar setup, what other apps are people recommending? Has anyone used Torque Pro in comparison to Piston?