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Subject: Re: Does rockbox run better on X5 or Ipod?

Re: Does rockbox run better on X5 or Ipod?

From: Adrian Wiesmann <awiesmann_at_swordlord.org>
Date: 2006-05-22

Hello all

On Mon, 22 May 2006 05:30:24 +0200
Arnaud <xcopy@club-internet.fr> wrote:

> do you think a blind could use a Nano at all?
>
> I could be interested in it for its size.

I am not sure. I have used Rockbox on different hardware now. Mostly on
some Archos FM Recorder and on an iPod Nano. While I love the Archos
device for its buttons I hate to control the iPod. Let me explain why:

The Archos has "normal" buttons which you can feel and touch without
pressing. These buttons all have some kind of "sign" on them which you can
try to "read" with your fingers. You can place your fingers on them and
you always know which button is what without having to look at the device.

When I try to do the same with the iPod, things become a mess. The touch
sensitive buttons on the iPod are what they are: touch sensitive. So when
I try to find my way to the right button I normally touch the wrong
buttons first resulting in some weird or unwanted action of the player.
Another bad behaviour is when I try to click the middle of that touch
wheel thingy. I normally not only press the middle but touch the "corner"
of the touchwheel before. Which deselects or changes the selection on
screen before I am able to execute my selection. Very annoying. Things are
normally better when I actually look at the device when working with it.
Something I never had to do with my Archos (once I learned the positions
of the buttons).

So while I am not blind nor experienced with the requirements of blind
users I guess a player with no touch sensitive button would be much more
comfortable.

Regards,
Adrian
Received on Mon May 22 09:32:12 2006


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