Hi all, I'm not here to stir up any religious war, just my thoughts and opinions on a few things. I have an iPHone 4S, iPad 2, Macbook Pro and a braille note apex with sendero GPS software loaded onto it. I'm finding that I'm using my apex more and more to write papers, read books from school and also for leasure. I'm using my Mac for twitter, e-mail, surfing the web, Skype, and messaging with friends and family. The iPad is mainly used for watching netflix, looking out for DM's on twitter, radio, reading PDF's for certain classes etc. My iPhone is used for a phone most of the time. With all this technology at my disposal it's hard to keep it all straight and to figure out what I need to take with me for studying. Since the Mac can't do heavy word processing like creating headings, different font styles etc without running word or Pages which is partly accessible I do a lot of that kind of stuff on my apex. I'm looking at android as my next phone os because out of the 52 apps I have installed on my phone I only use about 5 to 6 of them a day. GPS for me isn't an option on my iPhone because of concerns I have with battery drainage, data usage, and having a small device that you have to flick to find something isn't as fast as a hotkey with the sendero software. I came from a time where using a windows mobile phone was awesome and cool. The only things I did on that phone were text and call maybe e-mail once in a while. Looking to where I am now with my iPHone that's all I do with it anyways. plus the Apple os is getting a little long in the tooth for me personally.
Braille is essential for me even though I can read large print I use braille because it's faster and I'm more accurate when reading and writing. So, hooking up a IOS device to a braille display I like and do a lot. I find that carrying a phone and a note taker with me and having it hooked up to the phone is ridiculous. For one it wastes battery, two why have them together when a note taker will do all of what a phone can in regards to gps faster and more effective ways. As I said before even with a braille display hooked up to your iPhone you still have to find what you want and scrolling is not as fast as a hotkey is. Your opinions may differ and that's fine and dandy. I want healthy discussion but, remember that what works for me and what I like are relevant.
One more point before I go, as I've said before IOS is fantastic in regards to accessibility. But, you don't get choice in the matter when it comes to customizing your device. Now you may like that and it's fine however, I'm fed up with the limitations and double tapping to find things is a little annoying at times. I want to test android for accessibility and personal use. Being locked down with a tablet like the iPad is fine and I don't really mind that especially with the large touch screen I feel that double tapping and explore by touch are great and the accessibility of IOS 6 will be better improved. I for one can't wait to see what's new in terms of VO on my iPad. I just don't like that you have to keep Apple's rules when it comes to your phone. You bought the device it should be yours to customize anyway you want. Android is good at this and accessibility is catching up with IOS.
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