I really like my Beeline so thought I’d say what I like and don’t and how it could be better.
I’m a freelancer and commute to work on my bike in London so I know my local area well and several routes to various locations in the city where I work. I don’t use the device for these trips as I know my way already.
I mostly use it for journeys to unknown locations, I just take whichever road takes my fancy and explore. The reason I like it is I don’t have to get off my bike to check my damn phone, otherwise might as well use Googlemaps.
I bought the device knowing this was the only functionality at the time and it works great for me.
Compass mode with limited waypoints set
This works for me when I know I want to go via a particular road at a certain point in the journey.
Having said that, it works for me due to prior knowledge of London and the route I'd like to take, and by setting limited and sensible waypoints (never more than 2 or 3 per journey for me).
This is completely useless to me because:
1. It doesn’t give you detailed enough info about the route to take (which is specific unlike compass mode)
2. It’s too easy to go wrong and the route is static so the device doesn’t detect and adapt to mistakes - you don't even know if you've gone wrong unless you memorise the route (Who could be bothered!)
3. If you miss a waypoint it persistently directs you in the wrong direction (so you have to get off the bike and reset the route on your phone - this completely defeats the point of the device for me)
I haven’t tried the GPX import thing but if it just uses static waypoints in the same way as the “Route-Planner” then it’s also useless to me.
If the device is to have a “route-planner” function it needs to work like a GPS.
i.e. On a “Current Road” > “Next Turn” logic with adaptivity to wrong turns
The device should give you info on the route
Turn Direction (R, L, Straight On) > Road Name > Distance to
The device should reroute you on the fly if you take a wrong turn (like Waze etc)
I see that you have a turn by turn functionality in the works…
I don’t know how that will work but if it’s more like a GPS then that’s the sort of update that would really improve the functionality of the device!!
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