Joined: Mar. 2002
||Posted: Mar. 30 2002,5:20 pm
I was previously using a borrowed eTrex and recently purchased a Meridian Green. There's a few features in the Meridian that I would like to see and I'm interested if others agree. I think these could be firmware changes.
First is the power button. I've only had my Meridian for a week, but already I've had it turn off a couple of times. I'm convinced that I somehow touch the power button, don't hear the beep, so I don't cancel the power-off, and then lose power.
It seems to me that most people would prefer a power off system that requires pressing a button to confirm turning the power off, rather than the current system that requires pressing a button to avoid having the power go off.
The eTrex had a display for current speed and a display for average speed. I liked that. When I'm running, I like to know what my average speed is while running, not having to do mental calculations or waiting until the end to determine my average speed.
The eTrex could provide an elapsed time display for a trip. I like that idea.
I like the idea of the ETA function, but I find it minimally useful. The ETA is based on current speed. I think it would be more useful if ETA could be based on average speed during the trip.
My speed during a trip can vary considerably, so my current speed is rarely a good estimate of my actual ETA. For example, driving home during rush hour, I may be stationary for 30 seconds, then travel at 30 km/hr., then stationary, then travel at 70 km/hr. The ETA display never provides me with useful information in this circumstance. If, however, it could provide me with ETA based on my average speed, my ETA would vary less and likely be a better estimate.
Anyone have comments on these ideas?