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since neither the paramour nor brother wanted the ipod touch the paramour won, and i'm kinda the mac person in this family, i've inherited it. which seemed convenient at the time, since my android phone has bricked itself (no, really, it wasn't me rooting it; i had in fact not rooted it if you can believe that). anyway, the phone is dead, and i've not bothered to get a new one because i don't actually use it much.

so, i figured i can use the ipod for some of the things i do like, such as listening to music when out and about among noisy people (it works great for that), and keeping my shopping list.

oy. now, that is rather more complicated than it should be. first of all there is the app store. for which one needs an apple ID. ok. the apple ID enforces a certain degree of password security, which i am all in favour of - it wants a mix of capital and lower case letters, and at least a number. fine by me; add some punctuation and i am all set.

except such a password is a royal PAIN IN THE BUTTOCKS to type on an ipod. the virtual keyboard needs me to switch from alpha to numeric for every number or punctuation symbol. and it's not the easiest thing to type on this, unless you have dainty, pointy fingers. i don't.

so i type and switch and type and switch and type, and then it tries to load the app i had searched for and chosen (a free app in this case -- why in the world does it need my password anyway?). and once it's done loading, it tells me that my password was incorrect, and i get to try again. after mistyping it twice, it asks me innocently whether i might have forgotten it and offers me a choice to cancel or reset it. NO, i've not forgotten anything, I JUST WANT TO USE A BETTER KEYBOARD! and if i cancel, then i get to start over.

this, needless to say, is not winning me over to apple's app store model. it's easier to print my shopping list. which i will proceed to do now. i refuse to change my password to something easier to type, you bastards.

on 2012-07-30 22:05 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] firecat
This is why I have my iPod linked to iTunes on the Mac and I buy the apps on the Mac and then sync them to the iPod.

on 2012-07-30 23:55 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] firecat
:)

I can get books and music wherever, but it's definitely harder to get apps if you don't go through the itunes store. And the store definitely sucks. I would buy more from the store if I could use tabs in its interface, but noooooo.

The notepad app that comes with it might work for a shopping list.

on 2012-07-30 22:27 (UTC)
not_a_sniglet: A fox and a deer touching noses. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] not_a_sniglet
Our ifingers are somewhat pointier but it's still a pain sometimes. We grabbed an actual hardware keyboard for it.

We still use the virtual one though.

on 2012-07-31 03:02 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] desh
It's a good thing I'm not a Mac person, because I only buy phones with keyboards for approximately this reason. Even in Android land, this restricts my selection rather a lot.

Even on my keyboard-phones, I use the touch screen keyboard a lot. But any time I get frustrated like you did, I can just slide out the real thing. I don't know if I'd handle it well at all if that weren't an option, so I definitely sympathize.

possible solution

on 2012-08-02 04:58 (UTC)
Posted by (Anonymous)
Might one consider a stylus?

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