Choosing a Smartphone
In today’s market, there are so many smart devices! In a world full of options, you may be wondering which to choose. In our experience with accessibility features, Apple devices seem to be the most accessible for low vision. Their screen reader, VoiceOver, is very user friendly and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Android devices also offer accessibility options, however; we have not found them to be as straightforward. We are also finding that Apple appears to be phasing out the iPhone 6 with the onboarding of the iPhones 8 and X respectively.
Therefore, we recommend the iPhone 8/8 Plus (larger screen) if choosing an iPhone. However, please remember smartphones are not for everyone. If you are simply looking for an easier to manage cell phone, we highly recommend the Jitterbug flip phone by GreatCall. If you are looking to access email, internet, use low vision apps, and also make phone calls, then maybe a smartphone is for you!
The Occupational Therapy Department within VisionCorps’ Rehab Department is here to answer your smartphone-related questions.
For more information, please contact Stacie Doan, COTA/L, SCLV-A at 717-291-5951 ext. 4143.