I bought V1 Driver last week as a companion to complement the V1 Gen2, but it's become somewhat of a travesty. First off, the developer doesn't reply to the emails generated via his link on the Apple Store, so he doesn't take his customer concerns and issues seriously. I shouldn't have to troubleshoot this $10 app myself, register and post in a forum hoping I'll get some reply. Bottom line: V1 Driver, in its current iteration isn't reliable, and it's nowhere near polished enough to be charging $10 in any app store.This has not changed.
I informed Valentine the V1G2 has slightly weaker signal. The only was for signal to get in / out is around the ear phone jack. Dongle was all plastic.
But the V1G2 for many installs will be line of sight and closer to the phone.
V1Driver is very verbal about reconnects. Valentine’s app never tells you.
Let me point to the most obvious flaws. First, this app renders dark mode inoperable, and it doesn't offer a dark mode toggle to offset what it breaks in the native "V1 Connection" app (where you touch the light bulb at the right corner to apply dark mode). As soon you the dark mode is activated using V1 Connection it's rendered useless upon launching V1 Driver, which then reanimates the display rendering your settings and any concealed display useless.
Oh, and did I mention the incessant Bluetooth connectivity issues with V1 Driver. It cannot maintain a steady or reliable connection to the V1 Gen2 for more than a minute or two, and it often loses its connection several times in a few minutes. Often it will totally crash the Bluetooth module on the V1 causing the Bluetooth symbol to momentarily disappear. And instead of addressing the shortcomings of his code, the developer would prefer to blame Mike Valentine and a lower energy Bluetooth in the Gen2 despite the fact that I've never once had V1 Connect or JBV1 drop the connection. You shouldn't have to mount your phone on top of Gen2 or have it out on the console or mounted on the windshield to achieve a stable connection. And even that doesn't work. I had the iPhone 12 not more than 2 feet from the V1 on the console and still was plagued with connection issues. Basically you have an app that's so unreliable you have no idea when or if it's working. And should one really have to babysit an app so much that attention is diverted from driving?
Somewhere in these posts, the developer acknowledges that his app could use more work under the hood but instead of doing the work, he's seemingly waiting for another update from Valentine and ignoring the issues his customers are having. $10 won't break anyone's bank. But a developer should have some modicum of integrity when putting a product out. It should achieve what it purports and, if not, every effort should be made to ensure that it does.