VIOFO A229 Duo - Review

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Excellent review...I own an A129 Pro Duo but still, I appreciate your attention to detail and thoroughness.

Features like voice response from these devices I find annoying and generally turn off. They also add software complexity and force the processors to work a little bit more, thus inducing more heat and energy usage. Even a system where the device follows voice commands is nice, but ups the cost.

My big bug-a-boo are the red lights. To me red light means bad, failure, lookout, etc. Frankly, I think if some feature is enable the LED should be Green. If not in use then leave the LED off. I have no idea why manufactures feel then need to "light up" everything with Red.

The comment about folks having issue with WIFI and their phone settings is interesting. I do have to wonder if that Airplane Mode, Cellular On/Off dance is related to the later phones and OS versions. My Apple iPhone 7+ (4g only) sets up right away to the VIOFO app. I enable WIFI on my phone, enable WIFI on the A129 and then connect via the app. I have also started the WIFI on my phone, started the app and then started the WIFI on the A129. Connects right away every time.
 

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Features like voice response from these devices I find annoying and generally turn off. They also add software complexity and force the processors to work a little bit more, thus inducing more heat and energy usage. Even a system where the device follows voice commands is nice, but ups the cost.
You should try one of the newer Viofo dashcams before deciding. Certainly for some cameras from other brands that talk when you are busy doing other things, I agree with you, but as long as they stick to useful information at a time when you are talking to them anyway, then it is useful rather than an annoyance.

My big bug-a-boo are the red lights. To me red light means bad, failure, lookout, etc. Frankly, I think if some feature is enable the LED should be Green. If not in use then leave the LED off. I have no idea why manufactures feel then need to "light up" everything with Red.
Record indicators have always been red, going back to the days of cassette tapes at least!
 
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Right on Lufo,
Thanks for stopping in.
You can disable the status LED's on the A229.
-Chuck
 

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Record indicators have always been red, going back to the days of cassette tapes at least!
Seems to go back long before cassette tapes, here is a 1940's BBC Radio Studio "On Air" indicator, turns on automatically when the microphone is turned on, even without a recording device. It is a red warning not to enter the studio:

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