The Strava Live UI requires too much concentration while biking
I like the visual design of the new recording screen. The numbers are very clear. However, the actual use of the recording screen while biking is far more difficult than it used to be. Some changes are downright dangerous.
First of all, the buttons are too close to each other. My thumb is about 1x2 inches. That's enough to cover any three buttons in Paused mode. More importantly, while I'm actually recording, the Map button is too close to the Stop button. I must use my eye to guide my thumb. That is not something I like to do while biking! Previously, I could find the edge of the screen by feel and then slide the map into view. Only then I had to take off my eyes off the road and look at the phone. Not so with the new UI!
Rule of thumb: Just one button per side. Maybe two per long side. A bike computer has the advantage here, because the buttons there are typically physical and can tell them apart with your fingers.
Second, the map is very frustrating. First, the autopause: Here's a common usecase: I stop at the lights, look at the map, zoom out a bit to get an idea of the next steps... and then the autopause kicks in, and takes me to the Pause screen! If I go back to the map, I lose any panning and zooming I've done. That is very very annoying.
There's two things here. The autopause shouldn't take me away from the map view. The map shouldn't lose it's position or zoom when I flick it on and off.
In addition to the autopause, I'd like the "locate me" button to not zoom at all. It should just center me on the screen. Instead, I'd prefer a set of 2-4 well chosen zoom levels available via buttons. The minimal set probably is "help me navigate this complex maze of a city", "help me figure out how many kilometers until I have to get off this road" and "let me see my whole route. One or two intermediates might be useful too.
The route options button also drives me nuts. I click something at the top of the screen ... and the options appear at the bottom of the screen. That's just not cool.
Then there's a list of smaller annoyances:
The "current speed" is just too damn inaccurate. On a level road, without any chance in cadence, it displayed 18 km/h, 23 km/h and finally 26 km/h. I suspect it was due to the forest near the road which obscured the GPS signal. If that's the case, it's pretty much useless everywhere else except in Danish countryside. Not informative in the city or anywhere with woods nearby.
The record screen is no longer the first thing I see when I open the app. It really should be. The biggest reason I chose Strava in the first place was because it put recording your rides the #1 thing. That's how it should be. Adding an extra tap there really hurts.