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Blind man demonstrates the effectiveness of the iPhone’s accessibility features

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Blind man demonstrates the effectiveness of the iPhone’s accessibility features
Tommy Edison, also known as the Blind Film Critic, has been blind since birth. Tommy reviews films, has over 20 years experience as a radio professional, and more recently, produces online videos that seem to strike the perfect balance between humorous and informative while giving viewers a glimpse into his life.

About a week ago Tommy released two videos that show what a blind person’s experience on the iPhone 4S is like. The first is entitled “How Blind People Use the iPhone 4S.” He takes us through some of the accessibility features available on the iPhone 4S and shows in depth the one he relies on the most - the voice over feature. Using the voice over features and assistance from Siri, Tommy is able to use a touchscreen device just like anyone else. As you can see in the video below, he is able to quickly and effectively read and send Tweets though Twitter and navigate through YouTube.



In the second video, Tommy quickly takes us though using the Facebook app with the assistance of the accessibility features of the iPhone 4S. As he points out, he does have to be a little bit more selective of where he touches because of the plethora of links and content with the Facebook app, but with a little patience and practice, the iPhone 4S makes it possible to use Facebook on the go, even without sight.



Overall Tommy’s videos are a testament to how well the iPhone handles accessibility. The addition of Siri makes it even easier for those with visual impairments to perform tasks, that most of us do daily on our mobile devices without a second thought, that may otherwise prove to be extremely difficult or impossible.

source: Blind Film Critic via Gizmodo

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posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:11 11

1. nikhil.agrawal88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


really cool..

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:31 10

2. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The same ease of use and accessibility is an everyday feature of Android phones as well.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:40 10

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No it's not. iPhone has really good accessability features for blind people.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:26 10

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dude, seriously. Its nice that this guy demonstrates these iphone features, but android has had them for quite some time. full voice assistance, TTS, enlarged text and widgets for those that can see but not well, and more ways to make it accessible.

All smartphones these days are at least somewhat accessible. the iphone is just trying to catch up to what android has been doing for a while.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:10 6

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


iPhone is waaay ahead of android with accessability.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 14:35 7

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


keep dreaming taco, that's what you do best.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:00 10

16. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Lol fandroids are coming

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:03 7

17. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


Siri is amazing and the android versions of siri do not work and the voice dictation in Android are simply not the same.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:42 14

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


This is one thing I've always through Apple has done a phenomenal job of in both mobile and computers. A lot of time folks who are blind have to buy a pretty expensive piece of software to be able to operate their computers, but it comes built in to Macs. Android may also do this...but I appreciate that Apple does this across the board. Technology should be accessible to as many people as possible...and it's even better when they don't have to pay to have that accessibility.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:51 12

5. frydaexiii (Posts: 1195; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Don't have to pay for that accessibility? Why do you think iPhones cost as much as high end Androids even thou they do half of what Androids can do and have year old hardware? Because all these already come bundled in the phone whether you need it or not. Sure it's great for the disabled and stuff like that, but what good is it to the majority of regular people?

I'd rather buy what I need and save on what I don't. Partially why I always stick to Android, because they give me everything I need and more all for the price of an iPhone.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:04 8

6. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


"Half of what android can do" - what a joke.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:06 3

8. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


ALL**

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:07 7

9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1195; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yeah? Name one thing the iPhone can do that Android's can't or don't have an alternative...

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:29 10

11. sniper1087 (Posts: 344; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Widgets, live wallpapers, search contacts by typing the name, ignore a call, and not just muting the ring, full customization, I can make an android look like iPhone or windows 7 without the need to root or jailbreak. Besides that is not really half that they can't do, don't get me wrong Siri is a great feature, very helpful , iPhone is still a great phone with a simple UI for any beginner to understand, but is a little stale, same UI for 5 years, I hope they change in the next model that comes out and I might get one depending on what they offer.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:55 2

15. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


old argument... and you proved frydaexiii point about having all that stuff and not need it... the majority of people dont use all that stuff u named android does.

its a lame argument.

but i do like that you have respect for both OS's

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:29 8

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


are you kidding? the only thing that i know most people dont use after the first few months is the live wallpapers. I could never lose enough options to use iOS and be happy. its like trading in my 360 for an old nintendo. no thanks.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:05 1

28. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Thats not the point... you said iphones cant do half. pretty much you have a few little things android can do like widgets and such, but as far as smartphone functions, the iphone can do them all as well.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 23:07 2

37. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


imessage? ya there are things on android, but they are not integrated nearly as well.. what about photostream? android cant send pictures directly into iPhoto...

and most of all, updates the day they come out

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 18:18

46. supadave (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2010)


Android doesn't have any good reliable Music making apps like Intua Beatmaker 2, GarageBand & Moog Animoog. All the music making apps on Android suffer from latency issues & are poorly designed. I can & do make actual songs on my iPhone & iPad can you?

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:13

48. sniper1087 (Posts: 344; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Really how many people make music through an app. I'm sorry but not many people care about making music on you phone, there are better tools out there, the most important is usability and you know what the iPhone is an easy to learn device, but is it easier to learn than android?

Well this video explain which gives more usability:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NMiY1kSTHZw

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:51 2

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you're a hater lol... this post had nothing to do with you defending android... smh

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:49 6

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Good points,although with Apple nothing is accessible from the economic standpoint. The price of their products more than reflects the added cost of such features.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:06 8

7. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


interesting, he likes hd video...........

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:17 5

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


how can a blind man be a film critic?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:54 3

14. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Even the blind can see how superior iOS really is.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 18:29 1

30. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1566; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


bad pun is bad

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 13:22

18. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


nice i like my nokia 710 voice assistant its clear and can figure out what im saying majority of the time my sensation i had it was ok but not that great but my buddy iphone and i have to say its impressive iphone or ms would be my choice

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:14 1

25. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


You guys can argue all you want but iOS is easier to use, no doubt about it.
iOS is like my SKS: ugly and boring but you can learn to use it effectively in a matter of days.
Android, on the other hand is like my AR15: it's better looking and it can do everything the SKS (iOS) can do (and be better at it on most occasions) But there's a bit of a learning curve.
Lame analogy but that's the way i explain it to most people when they ask me which to get.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 15:48

27. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Great analogy!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 22:47 1

34. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Meant to give you a thumbs up. Damn these stubby fingers!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 19:58 1

31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


iOS is visually much nicer than android. Android phones are a mess.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 20:32 4

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, because page after page after page of icons is much more visually appealing than android.

here is a screenshot of my phone's home screen. You tell me how much of a mess and hard to read that is. then tell me how your row apon row apon row of icons is somehow superior and easier than that.

https://plus.google.com/photos/100459156021696505642/albums/5732543057681677201?authkey=CL6cnZHRge2S0QE

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 21:29 2

33. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Right, Android is miles ahead of ios in the looks department. Glossy icons aren't impressive at all, and although the the scrolling is smooth it's also...BOOORING!

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 23:04 1

36. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Well your fandroid opinion doesn't matter. Every tech website gives iPhone an A+ for visual appeal along with iPhone apps.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 23:33 1

39. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Your iHavemorebrainofmyown opinion matters as much as mine, probably less. I've been asked thousands of times for my opinion on tech matters, so if that's all you got youre gonna have to try harder.

And many of those same tech sites also say Android has more features and does a lot more then ios, but you won't acknowledge that at all. And they all also agree that ios is long in the tooth (that means its looking old, tired, dated, etc...) So what's your point?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 22:51

35. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


To each their own, Bro. Sorta like Windows Phone 7 UI, I think it's attractive and functional, but some people think it's hideous d:

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 23:09 1

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I agree to each their own, but to say iOS isn't well designed and visually appealing is ludicrous. It's one of the things it's known for.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 08:17

41. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, its known for its lack of customization and being easy to use for tech illiterate people.

ive NEVER thought page after page of icons was appealing. in fact, its kind of cluttered.

did you look at my screens? they are the opposite of cluttered. The information is large, easily accessible, clean, and stylish. Widgets are where its at. Especially those awesome scrollable widgets like my calendar and email. all info without leaving the home screen.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 17:34 3

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


To my fellow Android users,

Sorry guys, I gotta go with ios on this one. We criticize iOS fans for being so bias to the iPhone, so its only fair for us to not do the same. Now i understand if you want to disagree but before you do that, go into your settings and activate the accessibility feature on your phones and see for yourselves. I've used Android for 3 years now and I know my device better than most, but when did it on my phone with my eyes closed, I was completely lost. I did the same with my iPad and found not only that it was much easier to find what I needed, but there are even more settings and controls that can be used from Voice Readout Speed, to using Braille! How it's done, I don't know...but that's not an option on Android at all as far as I can see. I wanted Android to come out on top here as well, but the true is iOS is the better option for the blind, period.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 08:17 2

42. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


next time i get around an ipad ill put it to the test.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 14:52

45. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


I like the iPhone but I am on the fence. I am really feeling the Galaxy Nexus with my Sprint all you can eat plan. It looks like it does all the the things the iPhone does but with more realestate. The camera is not that big of a concern. Looks really clear for 8 Megs. and the 32 gig of pace is more than enough. I used to love Sense until I got a Galaxy Tab now i am looking to get my hands on raw ICS.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 18:21

47. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Galaxy Nexus hands down.

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