i testet the GH 625 with firmware 1.07 and Training Gym 2.0 extensively in the last weeks (skimountaineering, running and biking).
Here are some more suggestions for improval (i agree on the ideas of Hubert by the way and would also help for the german translation):
major things to change:
- for navigation: make at least UTM grid coordinates possibel also for waypoint entry in the watch and in trainig gym. Most outdoor maps i know here in Europe use the UTM grid already. So if one wants to read coordinates from a map and create a waypoint to go to...
of course also Gauss Krueger and Swissgrid would be fine, but UTM is a must I think to use the watch seriously as a relyable navigation tool. It should not be a big problem i think, since the UTM format is already available as a output option in "your position"...
- smooth the speed (or better the remaining time) or make it configurable in the "to go" waypoint display. My suggestion: a) in the moment one starts the "goto waypoint", start an internal timer and display the rest time till arrival based on the average speed calculated for the time of this timer.
or b) calculate the remaining time based on a smoothed average speed (e.g. the speed of the last 10 second or so (better to make it configurable). Especially if one walkes or hikes with ski poles etc. the remaining time jumpes between almost zero and unbelievable long now, since the arm is standing still for a second and moves quite fast than again...
- ad a display (e.g. in the satellite screen) which shows the estimatet accuracy of the position measurements. Especially if one wants to set a relyabel waypoint, it would be great to know a bit more then the "3D fix" about accuracy.
- there seems to be a bug in the calory counting algorithm (at least in my watch). E.g. I run a short 9.1 km trip today. As long as the timer is running or the trip is not saved in the activity info, i can read the total calories over the trip time. My other calory counter watches show nearly the same values.
When i save the trip by escaping trainig mode, zero total calories are displayed in the general screen for that activity in "activity info". When i open the acitvity, i can see the calories for every lap (e.g.: lap 1= 90 cal , lap 2= 120 cal...) but for the last - and incomplete - lap 10, the counter shows someting aroung 64800 calories. I guess this is also the reason, why the general sum of calories for the activity is not shown (I set the calorie setting to "by time"). This happens nearly all the time.
- I found out, that the absolute altitude information is very relyable in the mountains. Most time less then 5 meters away from the "official" elevation info given in maps etc. - most time the absolute elevation is even more precise then those given by many barometric altimeters around me. It is a real pitty, that the watch cumulates still nonsence. My suggestion: make the minimal climb or drop for cumulation configurable. For mountaineering, a cumulation "hystersis" that starts at something like +-20 meters (or even more) would be detailed enough i think, but the user should have the joice, as long as the problem of appropriate smoothing of the GPS positioning noise is not solved.
- make the cumulation dependent on the accuracy of the actual positioning. When the signal is to week, stop cumulation instead of cumulating the jumps in the postion. (probably the watch does this already, but the results are not satisfying yet)
minor suggestions for change:
- make the time (I mean the clock time, not the timer time) available also in the custom page settings
- make the map (as an option) rotating relative to a fixed displayed person instead of north oriented, in the track back mode.
- change menu structure: place all things which have effects for navigation and activity issues (like the coordinate formats) into the system configuration menu instead of placing some here (activity settings) and some there (navigation and configuration).
- make the track points in training gym changable - at least deletable. By that, jumps in the tracks due to inappropriate measurement of position or heartrate could be eliminated at least by the "post processing" of the user...
-it would be of great help, if one could create waypoints, routes and tracks directly in the google maps or google earth inside the training gym and upload them to the watch. Up to know, it is very complicatet to do it by hand.
- last but not least:
although your ambition is great to make training gym a nice tool for archiving and displaying training data, i have the impression, that a huge - and growing - proportion of users stick to Sporttracks. But there are some problems with the plugin for the GH 625. (system crashes while downloading the data of several activities at once etc.)
Why not making training gym a relyable tool for configuration and navigational issues (track, waypoint creation and upload, firmware update, user configuration etc.) - but not so much for training and helping the guys of sporttracks a bit out with the plugin problems?
Sorry for the monster reply and my bad english