Pearl Auto please work on the proximity sensors working even if video goes out, and the camera recognizing the car is in reverse and opening the app. To those that have had issues. I would remind you there is almost an unlimited combination of hardware and versions of Android. And that doesn't take into consideration open apps, amount of ram, rooted phones, 3rd party launchers... Etc etc. I can only say that the RearVision so far works as it should with my phone. App opens when attached to the mount, video is crisp and clear, and setup was simple.
The concept is great however my suspicion as an early adaptor was confirmed when I received the frame. App often freezes serving "something went wrong" or it can't connect to Wi-Fi. It takes on average 7 seconds to launch. Ideally they should be able to detect when vehicle is in reverse from OBDII. My car doesn't have a factory camera so this was the best least invasive option on the market. Android seems not to get the love like iOS in terms updates. It irked me that it says made for iPhone on the box.
I received the Rearvision on Feb 20th, so I have only been using the device for a few days. So far so good! I love it. The automatic app launch when you place phone on the mount is awesome. I am an Android user with a Samsung S6 Active and it take only a few secs for the rearveiw image to pop up. I have had no issues yet with the phone recognizing the device's wifi network. One thing I have noticed is the sync happens more seamlessly when the car is started first and then I place the phone on the mount. I am very impressed with the quality of the phone mount and clip. It is not some flimsy piece of crap plastic. I highly recommend setting up the guidelines. The lines superimposed in the display is a good feature. Good job Pearl!
Its good but not great. When reversing the video tears but then settles not. When starting the app I get lost connection. In ready to reserve so there is some waiting around for it.
The video quality is excellent during both day and night. There was bug in accessing camera several times in previous version, but it improved a lot in current version. Auto launch function works 4 out of 5 times for me when attaching to the magnet mount. I wish the proximity alert will work even without launching the app on the phone
Update: The app seems to have stopped opening with the magnetic clip. I had to manually open the app when I need to reverse, but the app started to push an update to the RearVision, which took a few minutes. I had finished parking long before the update finished. I've been trying to look for a reason to keep this product, but unfortunately I've decided to uninstall the app and return the RearVision. The Pearl RearVision resolves the pain of having to install a hardwired backup-camera. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced this product provides the value for its cost. PROS: 1) Easy install and quick setup. No drilling. No wires. Simple instructions. 2) The most difficult part was deciding where to stick the phone mount on my dash. CONS: 1) The Pearl app does not engage when vehicle is placed in reverse, which is odd for a product priced so high. 2) App lags on start-up, meaning I've usually finished parking before the video feed comes up. 3) Video feed occasionally cuts out while backing up. 4) Object sensor is hit-or-miss; I tested this by backing in towards a traffic cone and managed to bump it a few times.
Performance improvements and bug fixes.