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  • Scott Mountifield

    Can I ask then, does Beeline not work on a standalone GPS...? So if your phone drops signal, the beeline is redundant...? Is that how it works...?

    Here is my feedback form my initial ride out with it this weekend...

    • The addition of being able to avoid 'dual carriageways' as an option would be great as the current setting seems to only avoid motorways
    • An 'Arrival' notification I think is a must (unless it's there and I just have missed this somehow)
    • Would be awesome to include an option to see how much of your journey is left to go, and countdown...
    • Assuming your mapping is based around google maps, there was no reason it should have completely missed a roundabout out on me, but instead focused on the roundabout 2 miles further down the road?!?!?!
    • A biggy for me this... The distance to your next Jct/turn/roundabout etc. is off. I was at whatever I needed to do and the indicator had me at still been around 100ft away. As you dont have a visual map display (which is fine as it's the point of this device) the distance needs to be a lot more accurate, or decrease a lot faster... How do I know if I'm to turn now, if the device says I am still 100ft away??? I needed to be almost stood still for this to drop to around 30ft.

    It does get. thumps up for me... but it does have areas that need improvement, and I am not sure I would go too far afield blind with it just yet. It seems to lose me (drop connection) too much for my liking right now and I'd be interested to know why it kept dropping signal...? @Beeline

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  • James Brinton

    I’m pretty much with Scott here. The concept of the device is brilliant. I’ve just done 300 odd miles using it and generally it does what it says on the tin. However, the turn distances are, at best, inconsistent and the reliance on your phone signal caused drop outs in rural England so I had to revert to other sources. The arrival thing does show up but not necessarily when you first arrive in a town for example. The dual carriageway thing is essential in my view but the fact you can program in a route using your tablet or whatever makes it possible anyway. 

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  • Scott Mountifield

    So the Beeline device is reliant on a phone signal...? I have to admit I had assumed (obviously incorrectly) that it would hold it's own GPS...

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  • James Brinton

    I think I'm right in saying that the phone does all the work and uses Bluetooth to pass on the info to the device. I guess that's why it can be so small.

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  • Scott Mountifield

    Well I've emailed these points to Beeline support to see if I can get some answers... At the end of the day, it's a navigation device and needs to be able to navigate... As long as I can be assured that feedback is taken on board and the team are constantly striving to improve it, based on workable suggestions and reported issues, then great... 

    IMO Beeline have a small window to make an impression on it's potential users... With the negative attention they have been getting over their comms, I really hope they do take on board what folk are saying... There is no reason for the distance to be so far adrift from real time (Garmin have it pretty much nailed down), and I believe a few small firmware tweaks and this device will be awesome...

     

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  • James Brinton

    So I’ve just arrived home having followed a pre planned route on beeline. It began ok but kept dropping out of GPS and going all weird. I assumed, cos of earlier conversations that it was because my mobile data was dropping off but it wasn’t until I got home that I realised that I’d forgotten to turn mobile data on. So this means the device must have its own built in GPS, however temperamental it maybe. That’s my only gripe really. 

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