30-pin or lightning for one hand use

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by potatis, May 10, 2016.

  1. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    Which would be most suitable for a person that can only use one hand to plug/unplug the cable, a 30-pin or lightning connector, for use with an ipod touch or a heavier ipad 1 respectively?
  2. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Third option: get a dock with a built-in connector so that the connector is firmly held in place while you plug the device into it - rather than having to stop the device skating around while you try to push the connector in (even the iPad isn't heavy enough to prevent that).

    I just tried with one hand behind my back and unplugging a lightning connector from an iPad is no problem, but to push it in you need to brace the top of the iPad against a strategically-placed object without it pushing the power button. I'm sure a dock would help.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The lightning connector is easier to orient. The 30 pin is easier to plug and unplug. I just tried both.

    Given that only archaic devices use the 30 pin connector. Their really isn't a choice. Both are quite doable with one hand. I don't have much practice and could easily use either connector one handed. With an iPhone 5s and 3gs. I doubt someone who goes through life one handed would have much trouble with either connector.

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