I'm definitely a fan of Beeline. And because its developers are constantly updating the app with new features and fixes, this advice may be out of date soon, but here's my take on how to get the most from Beeline's navigation options.
Firstly, Beeline is sold as having two navigation modes, but for me it has three:
Route Assistant with waypoints automatically generated;
Route Assistant with waypoints manually entered by the user.
My favourite mode is definitely the last one. Quite simply, by entering the waypoints yourself, you get to pick the route you want and you get super-accurate turn-by-turn navigation. I know that's the opposite to what Beeline was originally about but most of the time I don't have time to 'discover a new route', I just want reliable directions, so I enter my waypoints manually.
That said, I do occasionally use Compass Mode, just not in the way its creators intended. Personally, I flick it on when I know how to get somewhere but I want the freedom to pick my precise route on the fly and have my route logged so I can upload it to Strava.
Route Assistant with automatically-generated waypoints meanwhile is my least favourite and least used mode. There are two reasons for that:
- The routes it picks don't always match my mood (e.g. it'll pick a busy route when I want a quiet one);
- Sometimes it can just be a glorified Compass Mode. Sure, it picks waypoints, but sometimes those waypoints are behind an obstacle and because no waypoints between you and that next waypoint have been picked, the arrow rather unhelpfully just points in the direction of the waypoint, even if you're at the end of a cul-de-sac
But finishing on a positive, one feature I really like is the ability to skip waypoints. This is very useful if you've inputted a route with multiple waypoints, but certain waypoints prove rather less clever in reality than they appeared when you were plotting your route. By skipping the waypoints you dislike, you get to find your own way around the undesirable waypoints without having to end your ride and start again i.e. you get to save all remaining desirable waypoints on your app for you to follow when you get there. You can do this by tapping the top button on the Beeline itself to cycle to the next waypoint and so on, until you've got past the inputted waypoints you want to avoid. Brilliant!
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