Uninstall feedback / leaving Station / competitor analysis

(Newton Porter) #1

Hey Station Team,

I love the concept, but I found that I was less productive and slower using Station. I tried it out for a full week, but ultimately found it to be less productive than my current setup. Here’s some feedback:

  • Slow search - it was very slow and it was significantly faster using chrome and the Toby extension
  • Multiple Windows - Keeping track of browser based apps is huge for productivity today, but equally so is being able to access multiple windows at once. The expand/blowout feature was nice, but not being able to “stack” tabs within their made this buildup unfunctional
  • Extensions - while you said to support extensions, I found that I couldn’t get them to work within Station. Mixmax wouldn’t work within Gmail and one of the main benefits of extensions is constant access to their toolkit. Within Station, you really can’t do this well.
  • No previews on “hubs/apps” within station - you can use Ctrl + Tab to quickly move between Apps like Gmail > Google Drive etc. but there’s no way to switch between the different options within those apps. For instance, If I have 3-4 default drive files that I need to refer to constantly, I can’t do that well within Station.
  • Lost shortcut capabilities - because station embeds these apps, you are no longer able to use the full set of shortcut capabilities intra app as the CTRL based commands are superseded by Station navigation
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Security, Keyboard-only support
Leaving the station
Great concept but Station has too many bugs for the moment
Why i come back later
Some Feedback
Fairly certain this isn't supposed to look like THIS
Some issues
Feature feedback
#2

When i see your interview on french actuality channel, i move quickly on your web site for download your solution ! But after 2 day… I decide to uninstall it for now… And hop your solution become better un the future.

Why i decide to unstall it (not a troll, juste for your information :)) :

  • No Other languages supports (Your are french project, support french and english would be nice…)
  • For starting to use your solution, you ask me a google account… :confused: yes the gsuite is verry nice solution for business today but a lot of compagny stay on microsoft solution… No possibility to log in with office 365 is cripping for use it on my Business compagny.
  • I decide to use my personnal gmail adresse. But i can’t use only one on “Station”. A lot of people have 2 email account ore more… No possibility to use many account isn’t possible for a business or personnal solution.
  • Sorry for that but Office 365 intégration is realy bad…All the pages open on an external browner… No possibility to add separtly sharepoint access and some othe offices 365 applications… :confused: .
  • In business compagny, we use a lot of “self hosted” web-applications. Or you never can offer support for all web applications on the world. (Not quickly). So possibility to add only a favorite web page browner can be a good solution to add “web-application” manualy when you doesn’t support it yet hould be nesssary.
  • For finish, you have same issues than the other “all in one app” solutions. But you doesn’t offer us the possibility to fix it himselft… For exemple… The microsoft teams error login page. Look this issue on rambox https://github.com/saenzramiro/rambox/issues/1354. For waiting a patch on the next version by the developper, we have a solution to change the “user agent” for this app. In business, it’s not possible in business solution to doesn’t have a “quick fix”…
  • No possibility to add password manager than “dashlane” (come one ! it’s an other french solution :)). Lot of compagny use oassword manager for sharing access to they user without give use the passewords. (https://www.dashlane.com/fr/business)

Sorry for my english, i try to give you my opinion in english, but i’m better in french ^^.
Good luck for the future, i come back at the end of the year to see your news releases. For now, i stay on the open source solution rambox for my business compagny. But you can make a verry good solution for business in the future i’m sure. But today it’s more a beta or alpha version (for business compagny) than a “ready to use” app.

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(Cory Hatton) #3

After using Station for about 5 months I have decided there are too many bugs to continue daily use. I find myself back to my browser more often than not to access unsupported and/or buggy apps.

Heavy Microsoft Teams user - was working originally, no longer works.
Heavy Desk user - never worked.
Submitted posts about these two during first month of use - no movement on a fix.

Notifications continue to show inaccurate information including a picture for someone not associated with the app the notification came from.

No support for LastPass - really difficult for apps that require login daily.

Office / SharePoint is very buggy - requires re-logging in every 5 minutes.

All in all - Station is a great concept! The product I believe has a bright future. Which likely means when it finally becomes commercially usable - I won’t be able to afford it.

Good luck!

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(James Reynolds) #4

Hi there,

First, I love the idea of station. The design and style is great, the apps you offer work well, and the pricing is killer. :slight_smile:

Unfortunately, for now, I’ll have to use a competitor’s app. I wanted to offer some feedback as to why.

  1. The inability to add custom apps. Nearly every competitor has this feature, and it’s invaluable. I use a small, mostly unknown, company for texting my userbase called Betwext. One of the things I really want is to have this logged in and available all the time, without having a browser open. Unfortunately, because of your design philosophy, you decided not to add custom apps. This hurts your end user, because most of us are using some well-known apps, but also probably have our own smaller or internal apps we use. Without this feature, I had to drop station from my list, which is too bad.
  2. From my experience testing it, station is pretty inefficient with system resources. Compared to 4 other competitors, station came in last place for resources used. It can be slow to load apps, and has a tendency to sort of hang. I’m sure this is something that will improve over time. One thing that would help is a feature some competitors use: suspending resource use on apps that haven’t been touched for a while.

I appreciate the chance to try the software, and will periodically check in to see how it’s improved. It certainly has a lot of potential, and I hope eventually it’s something my coworkers and I can put to use.

Thanks!
James

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(Owen Brown) #5

Hi, I’m CTO of a start-up in Berkeley. I spent 30 minutes assessing Station for my team. Here are my thoughts.

Firstly, a little about myself. I am a “power user” of computers. I code (and manage) for a living, so I’ve taken the time to learn all the shortcuts for Chrome, Mac, PyCharm, Vim, etc…

I prefer using the keyboard to the mouse, because it’s faster and less likely to injure you over the long term, if you have a decent keyboard. I use the Kinesis advantage.

Firstly, the reason I was hesitant to even try Station is security. The Station company seems too small to have the resources to securely build a web browser. Our entire life gets routed through a web browser, so it’s necessary that security is top notch. Nothing about Stations marketing suggested it was secure enough to trust with my Google credentials.

Secondly, station has weak keyboard-only support. While pressing CMD+2 and CMT+T to navigate between different applications is AMAZING, I needed to be able to quickly navigate though application windows as well. So adding (CMD + [) and (CMD + ]) to move between application windows would be great. Also, it need a shortcut to open new application windows (For Google Drive especially).

I’m excited about this product, and I hope it improves. I’m not going to switch at this time, but I’m excited about what Station is attempting to achieve. This isn’t my real email, but you can reach me an firstname.lastname@gmail.com

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(Chris Jordan) #11

I’ve just signed up to Shift out of curiosity to compare with Station and in all honesty, Station has a much better layout, plus tabs by application and the search feature is a winner for me.

The reason why I was curious about Shift in the first place was because of the extension functionality, which, in my opinion, is smoother than Station as I can use Grammarly, Streak and LastPass across the whole app. These features would crush Shift!! Would be awesome if I could check for updates and also share my screen via hangouts, Skype and also have the windows compatible to be able to cast to other screens. One bonus feature would be to be able to hide, minimise and/or move the dock as it gets in the way when doing design work.

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(Daniel Llamas) #12

The issue I’m facing is …

First of all, congratulations for Station, it’s something I need for so long. Today I knew it was realeased almost two months ago, so I want to ask some issues I’m having to see if they are actually fixable or maybe they would be future features to include:

  • I would like to choose the folder when downloading a file (it happens on Whatsapp).
  • When I make click on something that goes to Linkedin, it opens me a new Linkedin tab, even though I don’t have it installed (I’d like this make me go to my browser).
  • Mailchimp is not working well to me, when trying to open different tabs, the back-arrow disappear and it’s difficult in general navigate there. :-/
  • Finally, I would like to choose individually which apps pop up at my desktop bar, since I would like to receive alerts from Slack and Gmail but not from Whatsapp, for example.

Thank you, keep working hard :muscle:


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(Jason Joseph) #13
  • :boom: Issue
    Station for teams looks like it’s broken.
    Also, for this to TRULY be useful for us, we NEED the ability to set up different onboarding for different departments or even individuals. I can’t have an employee at one level, load 25 apps 10 of which are for senior management.
    Until that changes STATIOn… is simply a clever idea, one that unfortunately fails to fire on the necessary cylinders to make it a viable tool for real life use. (I don’t care HOW many companies you tout use it. It simply is half baked in its current state.)

  • :movie_camera: Explanatory gifs/pictures

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(Joshua Ho) #14

Man this product used to be so great and I used it 24/7 but for some reason it got super buggy/laggy, way too many updates and releases. Google Cal in particular now hangs every 5 minutes.

There’s no customer service (i can’t find an email or help line to just send a bloody message to the team anywhere on the site) so this is the only way to post feedback

I hung in there for the last month hoping it would be fixed but no choice but to abandon the product now, gonna move to SHIFT app which is hella smooth and i’m happy to pay for that. What a shame!

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