Braille display questions
I use my iphone with qwerty braillesnse u2 but I have trouble with the symbol on the keyboard. when I type in the symbol such as @ sign, it doesn't appear as an @ sign. what do I do to make it appear as an @ sign? thank you
I use a Focus 14 blue with my iPad. It works well. It has the Perkins style keyboard. When I had my iPod Touch, I used my braillenote Apex with the same style keyboard. I like my Focus 14 because it is very small and can easily fit into my backpack. Sometimes I wish it was bigger, but I have what I have. I paid about $1300 (not including the case). It came with a case, but I purchased a more heavy-duty case being I move around a lot. My advice is to try out different displays until you find that you are comfortable with. I called different companies when researching braille displays for my iPad. I originally got it as a backup in case something happened to my braillenote; but use the Focus as my primary display on my iPad because it is smaller.
There is one out there called the Braille Pen, but it doesn't have cursor routing keys. Those keys are useful for double tapping. Just call or lookonline different ones. Wayne
All displays that are supported generally work well, though as others have said, I'd stay away from the qwerty devices if your primary use is for iOS. I'd personally never buy a product from Freedom Scientific given the way I've been treated by them in the past. HIMS makes good products and, in fact, after some deliberation and some time with a lot of different products, I decided on the Smart Beetle. If you're looking for a 40-cell, as it sounds like you are, their Braille Edge is very nice though too big for my taste (I like small displays for portability). Baum's Vario Ultra is also a really great product, and they have a 20 and a 40 cell version of that.
As for pairing, you should only need to pair more than once. However, something to keep in mind, how many Bluetooth devices do you intend to use? If you have multiple devices you plan to use on a regular basis, you might consider the Vario Ultra from Baum or the Smart Beetle, depending on what size of display you want. These two displays have the ability to pair with several devices at the same time.
Before buying any Braille display, read its manual online and imagine yourself using it. Be sure to read any sections they have on iOS. One thing that sold me on the Focus Blue was the free training FS offered on using it both with JAWS and with iOS. The thing that sold me on the VarioUltra was its fine manual. I bought both for our department, and my only regret is that I didn't buy something with 40 cels, because I get very tired of panning.
Also if you are a clutz look for something with fewer buttons. On both my Braille displays I still hit the wrong button more often than I like.
Is it possible that the Focus 40 Blue Classic is not compatible with iPhone? When I follow pairing instructions, and I'm unsure if I'm looking at the right instructions, VoiceOver is not finding the display with Blue Tooth turned on. The display is not plugged into the wall. It is hooked to my computer via USB. I have made sure that my PC screen readers are using USB. The display is not paired with the computer via Blue Tooth.