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

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. nikhil.agrawal88

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

really cool..

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone is waaay ahead of android with accessability.

24. SleepingOz unregistered

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

16. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Lol fandroids are coming

17. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

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

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.

5. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

6. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

8. 0o0blackstar0o0 unregistered


9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

11. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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.

15. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

28. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

37. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

46. supadave

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 26, 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?

48. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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:

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

4. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

7. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

how can a blind man be a film critic?

14. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Even the blind can see how superior iOS really is.

30. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

bad pun is bad

18. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 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

25. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

27. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Great analogy!!!

34. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

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

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