So I purchased two GoTenna Meshs, one each for my wife and I, about a month ago. After testing them out in various scenarios they are basically unusable in any realistic situation I can think of.
We both have Google Pixels on the latest version of Android, and the app is incredibly frustrating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the app stay connected to the GoTenna for more than an hour or two in standby without disconnecting. Worse yet, there is no feedback that this has happened unless you notice the blinking on the GoTenna unit.
Reconnecting after this has happened is also a source of frustration. Sometimes the app will immediately reconnect to the GoTenna once opened. Sometimes I need to leave the app open for about 30 seconds before it reconnects. Sometimes it doesn’t reconnect at all until the GoTenna is powered down and back on again. I’ve already had to clear the app’s data once to get it to pair with my GoTenna again when it got really stuck.
I suspect that this is a GoTenna app specific problem, as several other apps on my phone that rely on BLE communications work flawlessly. My smart watch and some Bluetooth lost item trackers paired to my phone never have these types of issues.
At this point, we don’t bother bringing them with us any more. If we have to pull out our phones every hour to wake the app up, spend a minute pairing it, and check our messages, what is the point? In the current state, they function more like old-school voicemail than a messaging app.