N97 and Nokia Sports Tracker – first test

August 20, 2009

In order to show some of the basic functionality of the Sports Tracker I went for a 10km ride on my bike. After you start Sports Tracker you see following screen. I will not explain every thing here but only menu items that where used in the concrete example. The first thing to do is to select “New Workout”.

Select new workout

Select new workout

Then a new screen enables you to select the type of activity (walking, running, cycling, etc.). The live sharing option is not used in this examples. I will come back to that later. If you earlier had been cycling on this route and saved it as a named route, you should select the route in the “Route” item. This enables you to compare this workout against others on the same route. The auto-lap functionality  is set. I normally set it to 500m interval. Then just press ok and your are ready to go.

Activity setup

Activity setup

After pressing “ok” a new screen appears and it start to search for GPS satellites. When satellites are found just press “start “. The display then shows a small map of where you are cycling right now. The maps (e.g. Denmark) are pre-downloaded to the phones and are shared with other application like normal GPS navigation. Sports Tracker can be setup to load map info from the phone, the network or both, or it could be set to none. It the latter case, the route is still shown as a line being drawed in real-time allthough no real roads etc. are shown. The display also shows the current speed, the distance from your starting point and the amount of time you have been cycling. Since I don’t have some mechanical device it could be attached to on the handlebars, so I could monitor while cycling, I just keep it in one of my pockets of my cycle shirt. It is mainly used as a logging device, but it is easy to get it from my pocket on my back and see the current status. I have a small and very simple cycle computer on the handlebars which is set for speed and time monitoring, and this is used for motivating myself (keeping the speed up). BTW, don’t mind the low speed, I had to cycle and take screen dumps at the same time :-)

Default log screen

Default log screen

Another option for the log screen is to see “speed last km” or “pace last km”. This is why it could be nice to have it attached directly to the handlebars to switch between the viewing options.

Speed last km

Speed last km

Pace last km

Pace last km

When you have raced the planned distance, go into the “options” menu and press “stop”. It then shows the last lap status as can bee seen below. It has lap number, the speed, distance, altitude and lap time.

Stop, first screen

Stop, first screen

The you press “ok” and the total workout summary screen is shown. It list the total distance, the total time the workout lasted, the average speed and the energy used during the workout. This is calculated from the user setting which has data like name, age, male/female, weight.

Stop, 2nd screen

Stop, 2nd screen

Then later, if you want to see the details of a specific workout you just start Sports Tracker. The training diary now shows the total number of workouts you have in the database. In this case only one is present.

Initial screen with workouts

Initial screen with workouts

When the “Training Dairy” item is selected a calendar view of all your workouts are shown. In the screen dump there seems to be a little bug in the version I am using, since the dates are offset from the week numbers and weekdays. But is it a minor thing that most likely is solved in a newer version. So just select one of the dates where a workout is present. In this case the 19th of August is selected.

Training dairy calendar

Here is one little strange thing, I think. If you have many workouts on several different days, and for instance the 19th is selected as in this case, a new screen opens up which is a “list view” of all the workouts and not the one(s) from the day you just selected. This could be improved. In the list view below, only one workout is listed and the reason for that is that I only have one workout in total when that screen dump where made. So just select the workout you want to see the log details for.

Training dairy - list view

Training dairy - list view

The first thing you see is a summary of the workout, just as the 2nd screen summarized the workout after pressing stop. There are a few more things in the detailed log summary. The start time and maximum speed is present as well – and maybe the most interesting thing is the average heart rate. So eventually we will be able to monitor heart rate as well. Looking forward to that, if possible on N97 :-)

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Then if you touch the screen with your finger and kind of push the screen towards the top, a new screen slides in from below. It is the summary of the lap times. It is very good to use this for setting new goals for your future lap times. It is obvious that I have to target sub-55 seconds in the near future to improve myself.

Lap summary

Lap summary

A very nice feature of Sports Tracker is the possibility to see curves of the workout data. You can see “Speed versus time”:

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or “Speed versus distance”:

speed versus distance

speed versus distance

or “Altitude vs. distance”:

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There are a few more curves but they are related to heart rate monitoring, so I well come back with more information about them later. It is also possible to see for instance average speed as a function of all the workouts you have done on a specific route. This will also be explained when I have more log data.

The route can also be viewed. In the first example no underlying map is visible, but the proportions of the route is easily recognizable.

route - no map

route - no map

If the map is included it is more informative, and of course the map can be zoomed in and out for easier viewing. I have remove some map text from the screen dump. Hope you don’t mind. It does destroy the good looking map to some extend, but I am sure you get the point :-)

Route - with map

Route - with map

This is all for now. The post was intended to show the basic functionality of Sports Tracker. I will soon get back with more info on heart rate monitoring and exporting to google earth, real-time tracking and exporting to excel for further data analysis. One good thing with Excel (or Open Office) is that you can cross correlate the altitude data and speed for instance.

See you… :-)

8 Responses to “N97 and Nokia Sports Tracker – first test”

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