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Lisa Sieverts said in November 12th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Did you write this entire post on the iPod? I’ll have to check this out. Wonder if I can comment via my iPod Touch ….

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James Nye said in November 12th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Yup. Entire thing was written on my iPod touch.

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Andreas deDanaan said in November 16th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

The Android phone has an interesting way of typing. The keyboard looks the same as the iPhone/iPod, but you can keep your finger down on the touch screen and zig-zag to the letters you want. Every time your finger changes direction over a key, that key is typed in. I didn’t get a chance to try it myself, but it looked a little better than the iPod method.

I’ve heard some good criticism for the trend of app-dependancy. Including in this article: “Mobile App or Browser-Based Site?” (http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/mobile_app_or_browser-based_site.php). On the other hand, some of the user experiences with apps go above and beyond the web version. The New York Times had a good article on this — some of these apps, though are not based on a website: (http://nyti.ms/bytE9Q). Then, regarding usability, author Robert Hoekman points out in an interview that the limitations of apps are encouraging designers to really nail the principles of how to design a good Web application (http://bit.ly/cjTjWq).

My wish is that more websites would have better versions of their pages for mobile and mobile touch. Starting with Moodle!

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James Nye said in November 16th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

The Android keyboard you are talking about is called the Swipe entry method. Last I knew it was only available on rooted phones, but I think it was going to be included in the newer 2.2 update. I know my 2.1 phone doesn’t have it.

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Morgan Potter said in November 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am

Did you get any error messages while trying to use the WordPress app? I installed it on the iPad and finally was able to access my site but am unable to compose, comment or view.

Regarding mobile versions versus apps, sometimes I end up having to go to the mobile site instead of using the app because the app doesn’t work right. My tdbank app does that frequently. It does seem like it would be costly to maintain both a mobile version and an app.

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