Knowing What Is Good About the iPhone and What Is Not

Knowing What Is Good About the iPhone and What Is Not


The iPhone is without a doubt the most-used cell phone by blind people. Blind people have given Apple a lot of praise for coming up with a plan for making touchscreens usable by the blind. They have also given Apple a lot of money to back up their words. But even though it has many great features and is easy to use, the iPhone isn't for everyone, and some blind people can't use it. In this article, Curtis Chong, an expert on technology who lives in New Mexico, talks about the benefits of new technology. Still, he knows that the iPhone is too complicated for many cell phone users and doesn't meet their needs. What he has to say is:


People have said that the Apple iPhone is one of the first touchscreen devices that blind people can use without help from someone who can see. When Apple released the iPhone with VoiceOver in 2009, even the most sceptical among us knew that Apple had done something truly amazing. For the first time in history, a person who couldn't see the screen could use all of a device's controls, even though those controls were just icons on a flat screen.


Today, the iPhone is widely known as a piece of technology that blind people can use. People who have never used a cell phone that was easy to use have heard about the iPhone and dreamed of getting one. When well-meaning sons and daughters hear about how easy it is to use an iPhone, they buy this amazing piece of technology for their ageing parents. Parents who want a cell phone that is easy for their blind children to use think the iPhone is the best option.


Even though the iPhone is easy to get, you should know its pros and cons before you spend the money to buy it. It will be the best answer for some people. For some, it could turn out to be a very expensive paperweight.


The following list of pros and cons of the iPhone is based only on my experience. Before you decide how true this information is, you should know that I was a relative latecomer to the iPhone. I waited almost two years before I gave up my accessible Nokia cell phone for it, and I wasn't disappointed in my decision because I talked to many blind people before I made it.


What's Great About the iPhone


You can use online services like banking, news, music, searching for information, reading books online, checking email, checking the weather, etc., if supported by an iPhone app.


The iPhone gives you the same technology as many of your blind friends, who already use it as their favourite technological Swiss Army Knife. This means that if you get into trouble, you will probably be able to find a blind person who has the knowledge and experience to help you.


The iPhone shows that blind people can use a touchscreen device that has been made for people who can't see. In this way, it gives me a lot of pleasure to use my iPhone with a blank screen to show my sighted coworkers that it can be done.


Before you answer the phone, the iPhone can tell you who is calling.


You can easily return a missed call and see what calls you've made and received recently.


The iPhone has a dictation system that lets you call people in your contact list, call specific phone numbers you already know, dictate emails and text messages, and ask questions that may or may not lead to useful answers.


If you pay for a good GPS app for the iPhone, you can use it to tell drivers where you want to go.


The iPhone has a free compass that can be very helpful in places with few landmarks.


With a $10 app, the iPhone can read paper money. This app can even read paper money from other countries.


The iPhone is a great way to listen to music and can also stream radio.


From the National Library Service of the Library of Congress, you can read digital talking books and electronic Braille books on your iPhone.


You can read books from and Kindle books from Amazon on your iPhone. It can also read books from Learning Ally and Bookshare, among other places.


Through a free app, the iPhone can connect to NFB-NEWSLINE®.


The iPhone can be used to take pictures. Autofocus tells you whether there is a face in the picture or not. Also, if you can get the camera to focus, you can use it with optical character recognition software to read printed text.


The iPhone has built-in voice output and a free way to make the screen bigger. It's not too hard to turn these technologies on. Also, you will find that there are more and more books and people who can help and support people new to the iPhone.


What's wrong with the iPhone?


The iPhone has no choice if you don't want to pay for a data plan. The cost of a data plan is about $20 per month. Communicating over the Internet with your iPhone would help to have a data plan.


It takes a long time to make a simple phone call on an iPhone, especially if the person you want to call isn't on your contacts list. With a keypad with real buttons, you can dial a number you know much faster.


Touch typing for texting and emailing on the iPhone is much slower than typing on a regular keyboard. This has been made a bit better because there are now two Braille apps. But you should know that research has shown that a blind person using the touchscreen QWERTY keyboard to enter data writes about three words per minute on average. On the other hand, people who use the built-in Braille apps can read about 23 words per minute.


With the iPhone, you need to coordinate your hands and ears well. People who want real buttons that they can push without making a sound will be very unhappy with the iPhone.


The iPhone still has trouble with its battery life. At least once a day, and a lot more often if you use GPS.


The iPhone is not a tiny device. A lot of flip phones are smaller than this.


The iPhone has a lot more technology than many people want. It's not for people who want to make and receive calls on a phone.


It's not cheap to buy an iPhone. The basic unit can cost $200, even with a two-year contract. The iPhone costs about $650 when it is sold at full price.


People who have never used an iPhone before said it was hard to figure out at first. During the first month, it's not unusual for these people to want to throw away their phones. Answering calls and ending them seem to be two of the hardest things for new iPhone users.


To use an iPhone, you need to be pretty skilled and be able to tap quickly. This technology most likely won't help people who have trouble moving or aren't very good.




Even though the iPhone can be used by people who are blind or have low vision, it is not for everyone. Before buying an iPhone, you should research, talk to other blind people, and decide if you need or want all the power it has to offer. Before buying:


  • You should expect to feel some frustration.

  • Think about it some more.

  • Expect some simple phone functions to be harder to do at first than you think they should be.


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