TOP 10: Feature Requests / Punch list items

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    Benno Zwanenburg

    None of them are interesting for me either, but point 7: you can easily do that by swiping down from top to bottom, how much easier do you want it???
    I have a complete different wishlist. First let them remove all the bugs which still are there, I’ll mention a few:
    - Missing driving direction when viewing or riding to a route. 
    - Red route guide line is never the shortest way to the yellow route. 
    - When you start a route somewhere between beginning end end point the route is gone when you reach the finish. 
    - No clear signs in the viewer what is start and end of the route. The ‘open circle’ should be the famous ‘finish flag’ just like it does when viewing a ride or a live segment. 
    - Battery drains 50% more with latest firmware. 
    - Strava live segments is really horrible, you can’t read them during an MTB-ride. 
    - Elevation difference between a created route and a drive route is far off, sometimes more than 300%. 
    - The refresh icon of the upcoming elevation sits in front of some texts which you can’t see anymore.
    - And I can go on and on.
    Priority must be to solve all bugs first! Customer whishes can be added when this device works like it should be.

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    Tijmen Krijnen

    @James Grosser If you are so invested in the Garmin ecosystem then why did you buy a Hammerhead Karoo? (Just an honest question) Also, the K2 does not have a sensor for auto-brightness, I think I read somewhere that Hammerhead found that it was draining a lot of battery on the K1, thus they removed it from the K2.

    @JV USA Point 5, what exactly is wrong with the tool? I agree that it is not perfect, however, I use it all the time and I think it works as it should. For me personally, I can easily change or create a route.

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    Edgar Karel

    Hi, I wonder how this list wad created, since most of the points are of no interest for me, except #3 and #7.

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    Edgar Karel

    Hi, if you gathered them from the forum: there are far more urgent bugs to be fixed.
    1) battery drain
    2) stable sensor connection
    3) accurate elevation measurements
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    Charles Vandervelde

    @Benno - seems like you should start a new post labeled "Top 10 Feature Improvements" or "Top 10 Bug Fixes" - since this post was clearly titled, and explained in post body, and re-explained in follow up comments as a post specifically about  "Feature Requests", which are requests for new features. Certainly bugs need to always be addressed first, but feature requests should always be considered. Especially when Hammerhead specifically asks for feature requests. 

    The swipe down to adjust brightness is difficult with fully winter gloved fingers (for those of us riding in cold temps), also touchy in the rain. A simple button push that moves the brightness 5% is much easier than swiping and/or sliding a scale. 

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    Charles Vandervelde

    @Tijmen - my issues with the mapping tool aren't huge. I'm probably being a little picky. The Garmin system is just easier to use, probably mostly a preference thing. Here's my beef with Hammerhead's mapping:  

    1. No option to choose freehand. If you want to force a route to go somewhere, you can't. It only follows the road/path, and sometimes that is not good.  

    2. Popularity routing in Garmin is awesome. The OCM option in Hammerhead is ok, but not as accurate as Garmin. 

    3. Waypoints from imported maps don't appear. Maybe I am messing this up, but I can't see them. 

     

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    Gerry Stephenson

    JV USA this is great thread, thanks for putting up NEW FEATURE requests .. I get it. I will keep following and know that the K2 will get better as we the users keep posting with valid feature requests and options. Thanks. 

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    Dennis Clinefelter

    @JV USA - thanks for mining all of the requests and putting them in a single list. #4 has probably been my number 1 issue for some time. To me, the dashboard provides me one purpose, to allow me to import a RwGPS route to my device. I would love to have the ability to use the dashboard to setup my various data cards.

    Never thought about the autoscroll option. For some rides, this could be a great idea.

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    Charles Vandervelde

    @Edgar - those are known bug issues and necessary fixes to currently existing features.  Those are not requests for features that don't exist (feature requests). This is a top 10 list for feature requests, granted the mapping issue is not a true new feature request, but it's close since the mapping tool is so bad. :) 

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    James G.

    Good list. I could add a little or a lot to this list (e.g., option for automatic screen brightness adjustment), but I think this is a good start.

    To the naysayers who say "I don't need that" and other similar things: As the saying goes, "that's why they make chocolate and vanilla." If features are added, that's a good thing. If a given rider finds a feature unnecessary, then the obvious reply is "don't use it." Of course, it goes without saying that the addition of features should be done in a manner that "works," i.e., does not introduce bugs, instabilities, etc.

    Let's not forget that the ability to evolve the featureset of the K2 is part of Hammerhead's own marketing pitch for the device. So, let them put up or shut up.

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    senne gulikers

    For me, the most important missing feature is Trailforks integration. I only use Trailforks (pro) to look up nice mtb/enduro trails and then I manually download the gpx files and import them into the hammerhead dashboard.

    I don't use strava or komoot, don't care about them like most mountainbikers I guess.

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    Charles Vandervelde

    @Edgar -  As I wrote in the post - List created by my personal experience, from other forum users, from those using the Karoo 2 in the field (my friends and bike-mates).  

    Note last paragraph: "I know some of these don't matter to some of us. Or there are some items missing from this list. Just my two-cents here."  

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    Gareth Sargeant

    I love the Karoo mount. Puts the Garmin to shame. 

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    James G.

    The Karoo mount is nice for what it is, but too limiting. It is only available in one format (i.e., a mount that attaches to the left side of a round handlebar) and it is incompatible with all other cycling computers. It's fine for someone with 1 or 2 bikes and only a Hammerhead bike computer. But if you have lots of bikes and have a lot invested in the Garmin quarter turn infrastructure (including lights, camera mounts, etc. that all work with Garmin quarter turn), it's not practical to rely solely on the Karoo mount. It's good that Hammerhead came out with a Garmin adapter. Now, if only it wasn't such a piece of junk ....

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    James G.

    Tijmen:

    The Garmin Edge has many flaws. The operating system is like something from the 1990s. The screen is terrible. Their customer support is notoriously bad, and their prices are absurd. So, I would LOVE to find an alternative and was willing to take a chance on K2.

    I was attracted to K2 by the screen, which is much, much better than any Garmin Edge screen, and by the potential inherent in using the Android operating system. There are some things I like about K2. I am very pleased that they rolled out a "light mode," but that does not wipe away the stink from the fact that they rolled out a device that was essentially unreadable in bright sunlight.

    I started souring on K2 when, during a ride, it kept disconnecting from my iPhone. I have a family and need to be able to receive text messages when I am out for 5 hours on a ride. Then, when I investigated sim cards for the device, I learned that the sim cards Hammerhead recommended as compatible were either NOT compatible or not available.

    I have been surprised by the bugginess of K2. I have been disappointed by the lack of so many features that I consider essential. Auto-brightness is a good example. The notion that K2 can't combine auto-brightness with decent battery life is a bit galling.

    I find it odd that this forum seems to be dominated by apologists for Hammerhead. All too often, I see comments like: "It's good enough" or "I don't need more features." Well, I for one expect more from a company selling a $400 luxury device. And let's not forget that the whole point of this support forum is to air gripes, discuss feature requests, etc. This is a support forum, after all, not a Facebook fan page.

    As the saying goes: "If you come at the King, you best not miss." Hammerhead will not be a serious contender until they come up with a device that makes Garmin and Wahoo users jealous. At this time, K2 is not it.

    At least K2 doesn't cost as much as the Omata....

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    Richard Soltes

    It would be great to have an online session to have the devs discuss things like this and the challenges in each. Some are a big lot of work and have collateral impacts like battery life. That would be  rewarding.

    We all have personal likes and wants. Most all want reliable basic core functions. Make Android pay off.

    I like the way they answer with a video that is shorter than the boot up, and tips on cutting your t-shirt so that it weighs less, is more aero and is the height of fashion. Now THAT'S attention to he kind of elevation we need displayed  accurately.

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    Klaasjan Mors

    The thing I misses most is the the surprise my function like the Garmin. Especially on strange ground.

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    John Houlihan

    The route creation tool is fine for me. I don't use Strava or Garmin. Why should I when what Hammerhead have produced is fast and easy as it is. Nobody stopping you from carrying on with your system, but if Karoo did not support their own native navigation then I suspect many would not buy it. Not everybody lives in Garmin/Kamoot eco system and when I did look at Kamoot I found its offering pretty poor for the cost.

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