191 – Tablets to the Extreme

Episode Notes

In this episode, Michael Doise flies solo as the host and kicks off the conversation by expressing his appreciation for the audience and his enjoyment of doing the podcast. He updates listeners on the upcoming changes and news in the iAccessibility and Techopolis realms, including the re-release of the VO Starter app with more lessons and content for iOS 17. He teases a surprise and mentions that the app will be available for free. Michael also talks about the success of iACast Radio, with over 100 hours of listening in the past week. He welcomes Michael Babcock to the discussion, and they briefly chat about TV shows they have been watching.

Moving on to their podcast, Unmute Presents, Michael mentions the great content they have been producing and their progress in catching up with publishing episodes. He highlights various shows and recommends checking out their podcast on the radio station or subscribing to their podcast feed.

Shifting gears, Michael addresses the recent stir on Mastodon caused by an article from The Verge about SanDisk SSD drives losing files despite a firmware update. He shares his personal experience with such drives and expresses concern about Western Digital’s handling of the situation. He commends the speed of the SSD drives but emphasizes the importance of considering other brands with reliable drives.

The discussion shifts to the ongoing debate between iPad and Android tablets. Michael shares his experience as a blind individual, finding the real estate on an iPad overwhelming and the keyboard support not ideal for his needs. However, based on limited experience with Android tablets, he believes that the iPad is the better choice overall. He compares features and functionalities, highlighting advantages and disadvantages of both platforms.

The speaker also discusses their use of iPadOS and the improvement in navigation with the item chooser feature and keyboard commands. They emphasize the need for good backup solutions and prioritize the importance of backups. The speaker then dives into the topic of keyboard support, noting the inconsistency across different brands of Android tablets and the standardization of keyboard shortcuts on iPad apps.

Michael touches on the limited storage space of Android tablets compared to the massive storage capabilities of iPads. They mention the advantages and disadvantages of both platforms, such as better sound quality on Samsung tablets and the convenience of accessing specific content on iPads. The speaker recommends considering individual needs and usages when deciding between tablets.

In closing, Michael expresses their enjoyment of having guests like Michael on the show and shares their pick for great content, Foundation Season 2 on Apple TV. They provide their contact information and encourage listeners to send feedback and stay tuned for future episodes.


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