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Logs of your sessions are also stored locally on the phone so you can call up the details of recent sessions or check your weekly log to see all of them over the last seven days. All of these screens let you plot each of your workouts on a street level map or view plots of your speed and elevation data.
Perhaps the most important part of the system is the online web interface. Basically, it allows you to go stats crazy as petty much all the information you could want on your training sessions are gathered together here and presented in a clear and easy layout.
To access it you simply go to the Trimble Outdoors website, click on My Account and enter your username and password. You then click on the My Trips tab (the web based application is shared across multiple Trimble GPS apps, hence the trips rather than sessions moniker). Here you’re shown a list of completed training sessions organised by date.
When you click on a session you’re taken to a webpage that shows your route plotted in blue on a Google Map towards the top of the screen. Under this you’ll find further details such as the type of activity (running, biking, skiing etc), the distance travelled, average speed and total change in elevation over your training session. Speed and elevation changes are also plotted on graphs to the right of the page. Naturally you can also compare sessions against each other and use the calendar function to plan and track your training program over weeks or months.
However, although the software and website are easy to use, they do lack some of the extras that we’ve seen on other competing systems. For example, as the software is offered as a download only package it doesn’t come with any sports armband for holding your phone while training. And unlike, say the Samsung SGH-F110 miCoach sports phone, the software and website don’t automatically create a training program for you based on your current level of fitness and the targets you want to achieve. Instead, you’re left to come up with your own plan. Another issue is that there’s no audible feedback while you’re running, cycling or skiing, so you’re not given any sonic indication of whether you’re falling back in pace or speeding up too much.
The AllSport GPS system is certainly not perfect as it’s missing some features such as pre-defined training programs and voice prompts during workout sessions. However, it is very easy to use and works well with your Blackberry’s built-in GPS chip, plus its companion website provides a good way to track your training progress over time. The software is currently available for a heavily discounted price of just $23.79 for a one year’s subscription via the Trimble website, so although there are some features we’d like to see added in the future, at its current asking price we think it offers really good value for money.
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