I thought the iPhone was way overblown. I mean, I had seen touchscreen cels from Asia for awhile…big deal! (also, I don’t have a cel, so I don’t care)
Anyways, last week I checked out the iPod touch, which integrates the iPhone interface into an mp3 player. Wow! I see what the fuss is about now. It felt so natural and so simple. Even the keyboard was remarkably easy to use and even though I know it didn’t have any tactile feedback, it felt like it had better feedback than a lot of physical keypads. You can just tell this company does its homework.
Question is: will our clients/bosses now be asking us to design iPod touches in place of iPods?
Initially, I thought, no way. I mean, after my boss hears how much cost a touchscreen adds to the bottom line, there is no way he’s going to push for that. However…who knows.
Something has always bugged me about the ipod since gen 1
If I’m listening to a playlist and I come across a song by an artist I really like, sometimes I want to listen to the entire album, or the artist’s entire catalogue… you got go up from the playlist menu, into the artist menu, and select it. Shouldn’t I just be able to double tap something to get the artist’s catalogue from the playlist… or see all the playlists the song is in from the artist’s catalogue?
Not A big deal, I know, but I have 30gig + of music so it can be a pain… did they fix that on the ipod touch?
Even the keyboard was remarkably easy to use and even though I know it didn’t have any tactile feedback, it felt like it had better feedback than a lot of physical keypads.
Not if you have sausage fingers like I do. It seemed quite difficult to get the right letters to me, but I suppose with practice it would be better.
That or I need to obtain a special dialing wand, a la Homer Simpson.
Overall though I’m a big fan of the touch screen. I think it will be a great addition to many applications. I could see it being used on land line phones as well, just think of all the things you could program into a huge multi-line conference room phone, and keep the design clean and sleek at the same time. (maybe its been done already… anyone know?)
yes, Yo, they fixed you’re interaction problem. if you are in shuffle mode… and you come across something you want to hear more of you simply turn the ipod sideways and it goes into “cover flow” mode… just tap the album that the current song is on. it will give you a list of songs for that album… from there once you pick another song off of that album it will leave shuffle mode and just play music from that album.
i picked up a 16gig touch a few weeks ago… at first i missed the “wheel” but now its a thing of the past. the touch is great… wish it were a skype phone, but i’m sure thats not far off.
I am no technology advocate, ask yo if you do not believe me. Usually I am behind by several years. I originally bought the iphone because i wantd to be familiar with the product for a meeting with a friend that worked on it. it is the best product I have ever owned. The bills are reasonable, the battery lasts a long time and the interface is easy to use. So easy to use that frequently when I am travelling people borrow it to check weather, scores, fantasy numbers, etc and they are immediately able to figure it out.