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reset to get the screen to respond if it is unresponsive when it arrives
on September 13, 2012
I took a chance - hoped that I wouldn't get one with a touch screen that did not respond at all, but after I first charged it up, I was disappointed. I could see the menu icons, but couldn't get any of the icons to respond to touch nor could I change to the second set of icons. I could connect to it with my computer and load more podcasts, etc, but the screen was totally unresponsive.
I was about ready to send it back, but decided to try the magic step - to reset the unit.
Reset - the usual paperclip into the reset hole. I did feel the reset button depress. I then turned it on again and now was able to get the screen to respond.
While to get the icons to respond means a firm press, to change from screen one to screen two it is a steady firm swipe on the screen from one side of screen to the other. (I was a bit confused as to whether I was just supposed to 'press' hard on the arrows icons pointing offscreen or to swipe the screen to change - and when nothing seemed to respond, it was impossible to figure out, of course.)
Now I can agree with the positive reviews. System is not super responsive, but it is as expected for the price. It does what is is supposed to do and is cute. While it has icons, it is not a system designed for people who are not used to typical issues in the logic within these small electronics. Nor is it easier for people who have poor eyesight. (I had purchased it hoping that I could use it for my mother (with early dementia as well as poor eyesight) to use. But while the icons are nice colorful things to press and easy to 'see', there are too many subsequent steps and choices each time to work through for someone who either doesn't see well or who is impatient and not adaptable.
(If I were designing this for my mother or someone like her, I'd put all choices in the settings, so that pressing the icons would just start that application running with the next item in its queue, and pressing the screen during running just gets to a forward or back arrow (to advance or go back) to next item. And the menu button on top to get to the icons again.)