After some minor teething issues, I just took my Beeline for a successful test drive!
From word of mouth, I was dimly aware we had a big Sainsbury's somewhere in the area, but hadn't been and didn't know where it was. So, that made it the perfect test case for Beeline. I put it in the app and followed the arrow, getting increasingly nervous as the distance got smaller and smaller (in case it was leading me on a wild goose chase). When I saw the familiar sign, I actually cried out in delight: it had worked! After taking a picture of the orange letters for posterity, I put my own postcode in the app, and it took me to my front door in equally short order.
This is going to be life-changing. I'm not very good at reading maps or following directions, and, if I don't know where something is, I usually don't bother going. But keeping an eye on an arrow - and making the odd mid-course correction - is exactly as intuitive as I thought it would be. So I think Beeline will be quite liberating for me.
For a while now, my ambition has been to do a significant city-to-city bike ride (100+ miles) on my Brompton, but I've been put off by how "bitty" the directions are in Google Maps. You seem to be taking a turn every few hundred yards, and I felt like I would be stopping all the time to check the directions. I looked into getting a dedicated sat nav for cyclists, but most of those seem dearer than a Beeline, and the thought of following strict verbal orders for such a long time actually strikes me as a bit grim. I definitely think the Beeline is a workable solution for me, so just have to plan the timing and get in shape.
- Maybe I was doing something wrong, but I ended up having to calibrate it manually (even though the Beeline had updated before I first used it). That wasn't a terrible drama and it worked fine afterwards.
- Either the device froze on first charge, or else it arrived with so little charge that it was initially unresponsive even when plugged in, and gave no indication that it was charging (it did display a "charging" icon, but that was on screen regardless or whether it was plugged in or not). I put it back in the box; the next day I opened it and it was still frozen with the "charging" icon on screen. The day after that the screen had finally gone blank, so I plugged it in again, and it soon came to life. If the "charging" icon had vanished when I unplugged it, I would have felt more confident that it was working and just needed time to charge.
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