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Beeline GPS?

Hello Troops. I stumbled into an ad for this GPS and was curious. Looks like these things seem really simple and you can pre-order for shipment in February. Anybody know anything about them?

https://beeline.co/

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I can see that as an "auxilliary" unit. One of the main things I use the GPS for is to see what roads are ahead, how close I am to them. Then there are the functions of showing you where fuel and food stops are and then the motel rooms. Being able to make a phone call from the bike directly to a motel to check availability and price is....priceless to me. This unit doesn't seem to do anything that simply putting your phone into a cradle on the bars wouldn't do. Maybe less.
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So many cheap phones out there available lightly used, many are now waterproof or very water resistant. I am a moto specific GPS guy "Zumo", but the phone as a GPS works awfully damn well for many people.
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Sorry guys. I didn't mean to cause a disturbance in the Force. I just wanted input on the Beeline. I fully understand how a GPS or cell phone would be a better option but you know knowledge is good stuff.

I will probably invest in a cheap cell phone like a refurb in a 5" or 6" screen and run Google Maps. I don't take trips that are very long or require a lot of exploration on roads that I have not travelled.

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Hello Troops. I stumbled into an ad for this GPS and was curious. Looks like these things seem really simple and you can pre-order for shipment in February. Anybody know anything about them?

https://beeline.co/
I can't see any value in this device, most everyone has a smart phone these days why not just use the mapping app in the phone and have turn-by-turn fed to your helmet via bluetooth....

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I've played a lot of video games in relatively short 26 years of existence.

15-20 years ago, it was very common for many 3D games that involved driving to use either an compass-like arrow or an icon on your HUD that would show you where you needed to go next. The arrow pointed to which turn you needed to take, with a marker. Sometimes you had the luxury of a mini-map with an icon showing you the direction you needed to go "as the bird flies". Much like the Beeline.

Then about 10 years ago, GTA IV came out (and it may not have been the first to do this). But it used the now common GPS method of highlighting the shortest route to your destination and recalculating if you missed a turn. Now, this is pretty much standard for all open-world games, except for ones that do not have explicit paths or roads.

Sound familiar? Game designers learned that the modern GPS method is far more intuitive, and far more easy to understand, as you could just look and see where the game recommended you go, so you could plan ahead instead of guessing at the best path or watching an arrow/icon and possibly missing a turn.

So that's my problem with the Beeline. It acts like a GPS, but with most of the information stripped out, in the name of minimalism. GPS's do have "a lot" of information on the screen, but its to assist you in navigation. A Beeline might work okay for a slow vehicle like a bicycle (and that looks to be the intended audience) but for a motorcycle or car? Nah, I'll take a map based GPS anyday. I've used Beeline-like systems before, and its a PITA if you are actually using it to navigate.
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Hello Troops. I stumbled into an ad for this GPS and was curious. Looks like these things seem really simple and you can pre-order for shipment in February. Anybody know anything about them?

https://beeline.co/
I like the thought of having a really simple device with a stripped down interface but I don't think this is quite it for me. Not having used one for offroad navigation, I am hoping for something like a roadbook that updates itself. To keep the pertinent info simple and clear. Particularly for navigating around dense streets where you have to keep your eyes up to see everything that is going on as well as trying to track which of 3 rights is the correct one particularly if the one you want is over a hill and you need to get into the right lane now (the joy of living in a place with a very much non-grid layout). Unfortunately this is not quite that because it only has the arrow but maybe in a future iteration. I believe there is an Apple app that does this (or at least was purported to do it previously) but as an all Android household it isn't worth finding a second hand phone just to try it out.
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Sorry guys. I didn't mean to cause a disturbance in the Force. I just wanted input on the Beeline.
I think the Force is just fine. No worries. You asked for input and got it. I actually spent some time looking at that, trying to understand what it would do that others wouldn't. Beyond an arrow to follow, not seeing anything. It is small and probably light. But so is a Garmin watch.

Many riders use two GPS units. I thought maybe this might work as one of those. But It just doesn't do what a GPS unit is expected to do when motorcycling. In my opinion!
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It seems that they could accomplish this same functionality with an app and then you just need a phone mount. And we're back to just needing a phone and toggling between apps. Way too expensive!

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