I just bought this a few days ago and have only had one chance to use it so far. My take:
I'm an Android user, and was a little worried about the issues I heard about with the Android version of the app. I actually received the original Arccos system two years ago when it only worked with iOS and had to return it. I refuse to use Apple products.
I'm currently using a Nexus 6P with stock Android Nougat, latest update, 7.1.2. However, it's quite the phone to lug around in my front pocket for the round, so I've also installed the app on an older Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.
Set up everything on my Nexus 6P, and it worked like a charm. Zero issues with paring any of the sensors.
I have Golf Pride Z-Cord grips, so the butt end is relatively firm and the sensors seem to fit fairly tight. I also use tape (do not use air to put grips on) so there is a bit of tape in the butt end to help hold the sensors in place.
The putter sensor was tricky, because I use a SuperStroke grip with a 50g counter balanced weight. Instead of modifying the sensor, I simply drilled an appropriate sized hole down through the weight. Yes, you'll lose a few grams of weight, but you are adding the sensor onto it. I honestly don't notice any difference in the weighting at all, and the sensor "screws" in just fine.
Noticed the night I bought the kit that my home course had incorrect information on the app, so I sent an email to Arccos. Within 12 hours they replied and updated the course, which was impressive. Was able to play the next day.
Headed to the course and tried to load the app on the Galaxy S5 and it crashed repeatedly. That said, I also wasn't connected to data at all. As soon as I got a WiFi signal from the clubhouse, it seemed to load fine, and I downloaded my course.
Went out to play and it worked flawlessly, keeping the phone in my front left pocket (right-handed golfer).
No crashes, no missed shots*
, and no messed up putts, unless I was fooling around. Editing was relatively easy** on the phone. However, I do check my phone quite often (I've used GolfShot up to this point, so I'm constantly using my phone on every hole and replaying it after holing out). I love being able to move the flagstick to the appropriate location.
The app itself could be more user friendly. I didn't figure out how to "chip" with a putter until after the round. The buttons to edit are a tad small, as well. But those are just familiarity issues.
There were a few issues that I noticed.
1) I needed to keep the phone in my front pocket. *
I took one shot with it in my back pocket and it didn't register. Easy enough to fix, but honestly, it's annoying for me. I don't particularly like things in my pockets at any time, never mind when I'm golfing. Gonna try a belt clip. Is it a deal breaker? Not really, but I would prefer a better system. I eventually got used to wearing a GPS watch, so I'll survive with this.
2) **Editing some shots on the S5 was weird. There was one hole where I simply couldn't navigate to the green by zooming in or out, so I couldn't edit my putts/flag stick location. However, in reviewing the round on my Nexus 6P, it was fine. Not sure what was up there, but I gave their tech support a heads up. It's manageable, just annoying.
3) The Android app does crash a fair bit on startup, but oddly enough (thankfully) didn't crash at all during the round.
4) The web-based dashboard doesn't show my course at all. I just get a "blank" topographic map placeholder instead of a hole/shot overview, but the stats are there. The "new" dashboard is the same, but it constantly gives me errors regarding fetching my analytics. I don't need it, as it's available on the app, but I'd like to review the round online afterwards. Again, I sent support an email, and we'll see what they have to say, but it is in beta/alpha, so I can only assume it will get better.
I'd recommend writing off a round or two to get used to the system. You have to pay a bit of attention to it the first time to figure out how everything works. For the most part, it's hands off if you want it to be. If you follow the directions, it works fairly well.
Going to play again tonight, so we'll see how round two goes.
Edited by tareatingrat, 18 May 2017 - 02:11 PM.