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 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



47. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Galaxy Nexus hands down.

45. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

29. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

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!

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

33. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

39. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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?

35. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 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:

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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

14. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Even the blind can see how superior iOS really is.

30. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

bad pun is bad

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

how can a blind man be a film critic?

7. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

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.

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.

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