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iPod functionality using one hand.

post #1 of 5
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Hi
For you who really take advantage of the iPhone just like any iPod, I wonder if the iPhone is easy to use with one hand i.e take it out of you pocket, scrolling up and down in search for a song and then quickly putting it back in the pocket like it's an every day task?

Is the touch screen just as efficient as the clickwheel?
post #2 of 5
I've gotten used to using the phone with one hand. It's easy to get out of a holster or pocket, answer the phone, etc. with one hand. Using the ipod functions is a little more difficult, only because of the size of the phone. Some of the function buttons are at the top of the screen, and some at the bottom. You kind of have to shift it in your hand occasionally to get to another button. That's my experience, anyway. I think the click wheel might be a little more faster (not better), but all the devices other functions easily make up for it. I love this thing.
post #3 of 5
The iPhone is great to use one-handed.

Over the past month I've found myself doing things like eating with a fork in one hand, and selecting music or podcasts, checking email, checking news sites, scanning Google Maps, and checking out YouTube videos with the other. It's even possible to enter characters one handed at least as quickly as using T9 on a regular cell. (For fastest text entry, I use two thumbs typing.)

When using as an iPod, the touch screen is generally more efficient than a scroll wheel, as there is less overshooting the mark when trying to select an item from the menu. Apple's "flick" scroll algorithms are extremely effective for getting from place to place in a list, even using just your left thumb.

You soon learn the technique of "flicking" up or down to get a list moving, then touching to anchor the list when it's reached the right point. It's a very satisfying and efficient use of your energy.

The only serious drawback I've found is the equivalent of the iPod's function where you can press the center button, the track position changes to a diamond, then you can spin the wheel to any point in a track / podcast / video. On the iPod, this is very precise, as you can vary the speed of your thumb rotation to move the pointer quickly or slowly, and can easily get to an exact second in a 30 min podcast, ec.

The iPhone equivalent is to drag a slider bar, like you would in iTunes or QuickTime Player. The serious problem is that on the iPhone this slider is only about 150 pixels long, and the touch resolution is not precise enough to give more than about 40 position points.

The upshot is that in a 30+ min podcasts, you'd be lucky to get within a minute of the time you were trying to, and it gets worse the longer the piece is. (So, for a 20+ hour Harry Potter book, the resolution is appalling.)

This is about the one area where the scroll wheel owns the touch screen bigtime. In most other aspects, the touch screen is more desirable.

It would be theoretically possible to simulate a scroll wheel on a touchscreen. Maybe the 6th gen iPod will have that, or another navigation method entirely. Or maybe Apple will just deprecate the position finding feature.
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Originally Posted by michaelb View Post

The iPhone is great to use one-handed.

Over the past month I've found myself doing things like eating with a fork in one hand, and selecting music or podcasts, checking email, checking news sites, scanning Google Maps, and checking out YouTube videos with the other. It's even possible to enter characters one handed at least as quickly as using T9 on a regular cell. (For fastest text entry, I use two thumbs typing.)

When using as an iPod, the touch screen is generally more efficient than a scroll wheel, as there is less overshooting the mark when trying to select an item from the menu. Apple's "flick" scroll algorithms are extremely effective for getting from place to place in a list, even using just your left thumb.

You soon learn the technique of "flicking" up or down to get a list moving, then touching to anchor the list when it's reached the right point. It's a very satisfying and efficient use of your energy.

The only serious drawback I've found is the equivalent of the iPod's function where you can press the center button, the track position changes to a diamond, then you can spin the wheel to any point in a track / podcast / video. On the iPod, this is very precise, as you can vary the speed of your thumb rotation to move the pointer quickly or slowly, and can easily get to an exact second in a 30 min podcast, ec.

The iPhone equivalent is to drag a slider bar, like you would in iTunes or QuickTime Player. The serious problem is that on the iPhone this slider is only about 150 pixels long, and the touch resolution is not precise enough to give more than about 40 position points.

The upshot is that in a 30+ min podcasts, you'd be lucky to get within a minute of the time you were trying to, and it gets worse the longer the piece is. (So, for a 20+ hour Harry Potter book, the resolution is appalling.)

This is about the one area where the scroll wheel owns the touch screen bigtime. In most other aspects, the touch screen is more desirable.

It would be theoretically possible to simulate a scroll wheel on a touchscreen. Maybe the 6th gen iPod will have that, or another navigation method entirely. Or maybe Apple will just deprecate the position finding feature.

Have you sent this as feedback to Apple at http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

Its a great observation.
post #5 of 5
This thread title brings an amusing image to mind... browsing iPr0n while sitting on the office toilet... lol
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