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This application works amazing on my Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro phone. It found the train and all I had to do was tap on the picture of the train and then tap the track that looks complete to connect to the train. All the controls work amazing from the cell phone.
On an LG G6 with Android device 8.0.0. Never ever did the phone see the engine, never. Email customer help received an automated answer that email was received but that's all. No remedy, no answer from a human. I will modernize if/when i hear something. Only got the train because advertised bluetooth, what a disappointment.
Connection problems abound! Using on my Galaxy Tab A tablet. When you first begin the application it almost never connects with the engine. When it does connect it usually loses the connection during operation. One time the horn kept blaring and would not shut off. I have the iPhone ver on my iPhone and it works flawlessly!!!
Ok, long story short, if you don't have your zone enabled, the Lionchief Application cannot connect to your locomotive, even if you've allowed use of your zone by the app. Being the paranoid small bugger I am, I almost always have my zone disabled on my phone unless I need to use GPS. I now have two reasons to turn it on. But I must say, the range of settings this application has to offer is fantastic. Can fine-tune individual sound volume, engine responsiveness (rate of acceleration/deceleration), and the pitch of the whistle and bell. All is well other than how long it sometimes takes to initially connect with the locomotive. Takes a few minutes, but I haven't had any disconnection problems once I've linked them.
While its connected it works awesome only issue is it only stays connected for 30 to 45 x this and you obtain the 5 stars. Its the polar express ho gauge on an LG device. Now it disconnects as soon as I or my dad test to obtain the engine to move in either direction sad because it looked like it might be a very nice ntemplating removing the application
I just opened my Christmas express. The train is great, this application falls well below expectations. I was expecting some programmability. For example, be able to set the horn to blow twice every 60s or something like that. Set a sequence of horn, bell, speed. Be able to save the volume settings in the engine, then control with primary remote. I like to place this set around the tree, program a speed and sound sequence, and allow her fly! But in this case, if my phone goes to screensaver, it's done. The train stopped running while I wrote this review. When's the next update, anything exciting?
Could not obtain application to connect properly with the train using multiple devices. Smartphone help did not work either. I was hoping that by buying top end brand train they would have released a amazing application also. I was wrong, the application development is not a priority for Lionel currently. Will hold trying when I see application modernize and change review if I they can obtain Bluetooth help working easily.
Very amazing, only Bluetooth loco is the Alaskan gold train sent, but I hope that the customizable loco sounds are compatible with all Bluetooth locomotives, can't wait for a fresh Bluetooth steam engine! Only gripe I have with the application is that you can't save a list of engines for quicker connections, if that is introduced then it's a 5 star application for me!
Loses contact with engine. Can't adjust volume levels on whistle, bell or pitch. Not good speed control. Needs work or something is wrong? ZTE Allstar LTE Android device Smartphone. Also crashed when in the sound portion while trying to up volume on whistle, bell and pitch.
Just set this up and unable to obtain it to connect through bluetooth. And yes, I read your response about working on it everyday but maybe, just maybe you shouldn't throw a fresh product out there for a higher cost with an application that doesn't work! Don't answer with excuses, just fix it!
The application is amazing but the UI is very buggy on the throttle controller. While trying to begin the train the throttle can be very inaccurate and animations do not match the current throttle level. This is being used on tablet(Asus ZenPad z8) and would love to see fixes for this bug!
Unpairs with the engine when my lock screen comes on (whenever I place the phone down or stop clicking on something for a few seconds) which means this application is essentially useless. When paired, the application works fairly well. There is a delay of a few seconds before throttle commands are executed which is a small frustrating. The developer seems to think this unpairing problem is an android device problem. If so, why does no other Bluetooth application have this issue? Why is your application the only one that has this problem? Perhaps you need to obtain a second opinion.
Brand fresh Pennsylvania Keystone Unique set with Bluetooth won't connect to my Pixel 2 automatically like the instructions say it should. When I attempt to connect manually it asks for a pin number. All the usual pins for pairing don't work. I tried using the train number from the locomotive but that didn't work either. Will re-rate as updates improve app.
The application connected to the Polar Express once. I lowered the volume of the super-loud chuff, whistles, etc., and then couldn't increase or change volume again. Then the application never reconnected to the train. There is no restart or volume on the engine or tender, or the train's remote control, either. So, a really disappointed 4-year-old with an iconic train (for him) that he can't hear, and an application that doesn't connect to his train, and a train I can't create right.
Lionel, what a unbelievable method to be able to control the train in case the remote becomes lost, broken or inoperable. Now for those of you rating it low I'm really kind of confused as to why. My Polar Express worked wonderfully. Paired with seconds of searching. Yes the speeds of the train when you adjust them do take time to set (give or take about 5 seconds) but bell, horn/whistle, and I assume the coupler links all work instantaneously. And think about it the computer in the locomotive has to sense and read what's going on before it knows what to do. Also volume raising and lowering as well as speed limiting works great. Highly recommend it if your remote ever stops working. The remote is still the method to go. But I like the confidence that I know if for some reason it ever does fail. I could still use the application to run the train just in time for Chirstmas. Nice work Lionel squad
This application has proved to be literally unusable for my fresh O-Gauge Polar Express. I haven't been able to obtain it connect automatically one time in probably 100 tries. The times I've actually been able to obtain it to connect manually it's disconnected within 3 mins every time. And when it happens is arbitrary - phone locked, unlocked, application active on screen, application in background, it doesn't matter. The Bluetooth connection is continually interrupted and then I have to go through the war of trying to obtain it to connect to the locomotive all over again. Which is a war I lose 75% of the time. I've seen that it was referenced than its an problem with Android. I beg to differ. I have no issue with my Android device system staying connected to any other Bluetooth device in my house when it's unlocked or if it's been locked for hours. Which means it's either an equipment problem with the locomotive or software problem with the app. The idea and capabilities of the application is a amazing idea - but it feels rushed and untested on nearly every level. I sincerely hope we see some improvements for this application from the squad at Lionel.
Can not ever obtain this application to connect to my phone or other Android device phones or tablets but I can with the Apple iPhone app. Please fix this asap I just bought this polar Express Bluetooth train and am disappointed. Please answer with date of application update.