Clattery when cold
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
I have a GROM BT3 which came fitted to the car when I bought it. I have mixed feelings, mainly about the Android Dashlinq app. Like many do-lots-of-stuff apps it's flaky at times - though it's better than its predecessor that Grom quietly murdered after zillions of Play Store complaints. However Dashlinq rather takes over the phone with a UI intended to be helpful when driving, and shutting it down to get back to normal can be a struggle as it's designed to go into the background but stay running.
The Dashlinq built-in music player is a rather stupid thing, it seems unable to cope with directory structures, though maybe it's me. Also the design logic is unfathomable and the screen controls are obscure. However it's possible Dashlinq can stream any other music player, and I intend trying Poweramp with it. That at least can do a random traverse of all songs through folders, and has a UI that can be understood.
Pairing is reliable, the steering wheel buttons work fine, and sound quality over BT is really very good. There are also hundreds of web radio stations, until you hit a 3G/4G dead spot. But there are glitches that I don't want to cope with while I'm driving. Sometimes it seems not to initialise properly, and/or the console display continues to show the radio channel I'd been listening to earlier, or it won't play anything. Power cycling the radio (from which BT3 takes its power via the CD changer socket), usually fixes it.
I can't say a thing about phone use, although the BT3 is supposedly capable of making and taking handsfree calls I loathe taking or making calls whilst driving so I've never even explored it.
It's a reasonable halfway house to a proper Android console unit. For me it's all a bit too clever, fiddly and complicated, really, but I'm not an ICE enthusiast. I spend altogether too much time messing with them at home and work and just can't be bothered to faff with sodding computers whilst driving.\
[EDIT: Writing this provoked me into playing with the Dashlinq app some more, whilst offline. The My Music player is more capable than I stated above - it will recurse through folders and even on random play. The confusing UI is why I'd not discovered this, although I can see it makes more sense whilst driving once you know your way around. And a bit more exploration of Web Radio shows up about 1000 stations, and the UI for that is really rather good. So the only real glitch with the Grom is occasionally it fails to get detected when the unit is powered up. I think that only happens if the radio source selector has been left on it (the CD changer that is now gone), and the radio fails to detect the Grom because it hasn't initialised. The solution seems to be to switch source to Radio or CD, turn the radio off then on, then back to CD changer.
My phone is a Motorola MotoG 4g (S2), and there are no connection issues, it just works. The previous owner used it with an iPhone 5 and said it occasionally lost pairing, which I suspect was Apple rather than Grom.
Last edited by halftone; 17-08-16 at 09:57.