Here is some suggestions you can take into consideration when planning future watches. Would also like to agree with other users here. Small scetches have been made to explain better but will not share them today. Hopefully I can explain anyway. I have no big experience using other watches but using gh-615 under different circumstances and looking at other watches here are some thoughts:vertical display rather than horisontal
- Will use the display more efficiant. Right now there's a lot of space not being used. I assume there is a reason for putting the display horizontally, maybe need for HRMconnection and Sirf-gps at the bottom to point upwards when wearing the watch, but still. Vertical would be good.Start/lap/stopbutton on the front instead of the side
- I've seen that GS-505 and Garmin 305 among others uses buttons on the front. For me one button to do it all would be enough. And maybe one for light.
To start: press the button. To make a lap: press the button. To stop: keep the button pressed for 3 seconds. The timing then stops and the new 3 seconds long lap is automatically discarded. I assume there can still be a stopbutton on the side if it's needed but for me this would be enough. And simpler wintertime so I don't have to take clumsy gloves of when skiing. I am also always worrying about accidently stopping the watch when I do pushups during running since the buttons is pushing towards my wrists. It hasn't happened yet but it looks like it could happen. Barometer/Altimeter
-of some kind to make the measuring more accurate. GPS works fine in all directions part from up/down in my present watch. Altitude differs up to...almost 20 meters if I recall right.Stepcounter
is not superimportant but interesting since I have realized that my steplength has impact on my running. Guess footpod as Zingo
writes would be way better but maybe also way more expensive? I don't know maybe they take up to much room in the watch and I can always use an external stepcounter.
The HR graph could be plot:ed on the display for visual inspection before you select it. And when we talk about ploting graphs I think future models should be able to plot all sorts of graphs, like HR,High,speed. And the display should be high resolution and color, but now we probably are a little bit more into the future...
Nice idea! I prefer to do analyzing afterwards by the computer afterwards but visual graphs that are usable during the run sounds neat. Maybe overkill with colurs? I like to keep the price down
It seems the ideas being discussed focus on possibilities. If I may, I'd like to add my wish list with respect to ergonomics - fully realising that some of these ideas may not be feasable:
- water resistant
- quicker processing speed, so that the breadcrump trail in map mode refreshes instantly
- higher-resolution LCD
- buttons that can be operated more easily (for instance, when wearing bike gloves)
- longer battery life
- "GPS Off"-dedicated key combination (so as to use it as watch when you're on the way, or resting,...) to save battery
(I've edited Jervanhegs post which is much longer.)
Yes! Key-combos. Maybe make one for "hold" as well?
1. Since I downloaded my first training data from the watch into my computer,
I didn't like to use the screwdriver to "open" and "close" the watch for data transfer !
In the meantime, I broke the edge of the original screwdriver and I have to use
2. Although data transfer can be done wirelessly, I'm afraid that battery charging
will still need a cable. I know that the screwdriver solution is for water protection,
but I still don't want to have an additional tool. And I also do not want to have an
additional (means: special !) cable for charging. I would prefer a standard USB
connector, so that all other cable (like digital camera, mobile phone) would fit !
That's all for the beginning...
Best regards. Hubert
(I've edited Huberts post which is much longer.)
Agree. Normal mini-usb would be nice. I don't have a screw on my watch. I have a small plastic plug. Would much prefer a big screw that can be screwed with bare hands and prefferably on the side of the watch for easier charging during ultrarunning which Zingo
talked about on another thread. And as long as you're using plastic plugs how about enclosing one extra in the package since they look like they break easy?
That's all for now...