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16 Jun, 2014 05:28 PM
First let me start by saying that I love your Kinetic app,
it’s by far the closest to perfection in a fitness app that I
have found to date. Thanks for your time and effort that has gone
into making it what it is, great work!
I do have a few thoughts and suggestions to make it better.
There are some UI things that I feel like could be streamlined,
for example to change the GPS accuracy setting I have to add the
GPS module, change it, and then remove it (it’s not a module
that I use very often). It’s seems like this sort of setting
should be in the global settings in the app. There are a few other
settings that would be nice to have in a more intuitive locations.
IE: using Google for altitude accuracy, time and distance goals in
their own modules, etc.
More in depth documentation would be really helpful. The beauty
of your app is that it is so incredibly flexible, but with that
comes some fragmentation that calls for a pretty steep learning
curve in the beginning. The help module is a nice start and the
knowledge base is good for specific questions (although
doesn’t seem to be used much), but there is nothing to help
figure out how everything fits together. It’s taken me a good
2 months of regular use to get to where I feel like I can really
get it to do what I want it to and trust it. But there were some
frustrating times where I would lose workouts or I was spending
more time figuring out how to record what I wanted to record than
actually working out.
An option in the start module to lock as soon as start is
pressed (or after a certain amount of time without interaction)
would be really nice. I run with an SPI belt and there have been
plenty of times where I would hit start and then forget to use the
in app lock, only to find at the end of the run that I had
accidentally stopped it again putting it in the belt or enough
sweat had built up to allow the fabric of the belt to interact with
the touch screen. On a related note, it seems if a module’s
settings are being edited after starting the timer that the app
stops recording the workout. I have had this happen a couple of
times, very frustrating to finish a workout only to find that half
of it was lost due to accidentally not locking the screen and a
module being unintentionally “tapped” during the
The ability to scroll over the modules while the screen is
locked would be really nice (obviously, still no interaction
allowed, just scroll).
iCloud or Drop Box integration to save locally stored workouts
(IE: app reinstall or new phone).
This may be limited by iOS, but it seems if I want voice
notifications I can’t hit my iPhone’s lock button after
starting the timer. It’s seems like I need to use the in app
lock and disallow auto lock in the app’s global settings if I
want the screen locked but still get notifications. Like I said, I
run with an SPI belt and have no need for the screen to be on for
the whole run. Plus, it would be really nice just to be able to hit
start and the lock button and know I will get voice notifications
during my workout and my workout will be saved. (This is my least
favorite part of the app, I don’t feel like I can just set
it, start it, and go. I always have to double check before I feel
confident to go workout. If I ever take it out during a workout, I
have to double check again. Really takes the focus off of my
workout when I am having to wonder if it is being properly
Post workout in the history part of the app, it would be great
to be able to touch a point on the route map or
speed/altitude/distance graph and get info for that particular
point. It’s frustrating to be limited to slider. Especially
when the slider doesn’t scale to zoomed maps or graphs, so it
moves way too fast if you are trying to drill down to specific
points in a workout.
On the speed/altitude/distance graph the speed graph for me is
almost always very inconsistent. There are huge swings and
fluctuations. I assume this is probably due to the imperfections of
GPS data and the result of plotting every data point. It would be
great to have a option to apply a smoothing algorithm to average
data points over a per minute basis, generate a trend line or
something to that effect. This would be much more useful data for
me, knowing what my speed trends are during the workout is far more
important than discrete data points.
The last suggestion is for a customizable countdown
timer/stopwatch module. I use an app called Seconds Pro for
custom/modularized timers when interval training. For non-traveling
workouts, it’s perfect. But to have that sort of
functionality built into Kinetic would be awesome for interval
based running/biking workouts.
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