[blindkid] Cell phone for my teen
codeofdusk at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 20:05:28 UTC 2016
iOS and Android have full accessibility for the blind and visually impaired built-in.
If you’re looking for a device with an intuitive touch interface, good Braille support, good long term support, frequent and timely updates, continuity with other Apple devices (Mac, Apple Watch, etc), and a wide selection of available blind-friendly apps, the iPhone is your best bet.
If customizability, a true filesystem, hardware keyboard support, continuity with Windows, and/or cost are more important to you, Android (particularly newer versions) may be a better bet.
What’s your price range? The current base-model iPhone, which has only 16GB of storage (which honestly isn’t that much in 2016) starts at $649. A much more respectable 64GB model goes for around $750. In the Android department, the Nexus 6p, with a (reasonable) 32GB of storage, starts at $499. Bumping that up to 64GB brings the cost to $549.
Now isn’t the best time to buy a device though, as Apple and Google are both about to release new models. This often means you can get a better deal, by buying "last year’s model"; Best Buy currently has last year’s iPhone starting at $300 for 16GB (again, not very much storage).
Hope that helped, and feel free to ask any other questions you might have.
> On Sep 2, 2016, at 7:42 PM, Christine Chaikin of Insightful Publications via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi Julie,
> The I phone has accessibility built right into it. It has talking software
> on it called Voice Over. If you are looking at getting the Samsung that
> also has accessibility built into it as well. On that one the name of the
> talking software is called Talk Back. Also the I phone has the zoom feature
> built right into it as well. I am not sure but, I think that the Samsung
> also has the zoom feature built into it as well. Now if you are looking at
> getting a cell phone with a big screen I would suggest getting the I phone 6
> plus. Again this is just a suggestion.
> I hope that the above information helps.
> Thank you for your time regarding this matter.
> Christine Chaikin
> President and CEO
> PO Box 390295 Keauhou, HI. 96739-0295
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org <mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org>] On Behalf Of Julie Yanez
> via blindkid
> Sent: Friday, September 02, 2016 9:37 AM
> To: Support For The Blind:)
> Cc: Julie Yanez
> Subject: [blindkid] Cell phone for my teen
> Good afternoon all,
> I'm looking into getting a cell phone for my 14 year old who is a new
> freshman in high school. I have many questions about accessibility for her
> and if anyone knows of any assistance programs as well. All input is much
> Thank you.
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