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Best operating system/phone for poor sight?

What's the best operating system/phone for a relative with poor sight? Ideally we'd want large app icons and large fonts on all messages (email, text). Thanks :)

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Sep. 4, 2012 at 17:18

I'd say wait for the new iPhone. It's probably 'only' a 4-incher screenwise, but iOS has the handy triple-tap thing for the visually impaired - zooming in instantly, and that works systemwide, with all apps. Also, iOS 6 will apparently improve on those 'accessibilty' feature, and they will be integrated in all system apps - such as mail, messaging, etc.

Blackberry also lets you crank up fontsizes, but icon sizes are fixed, and some sub-menus are iffy.
I think (I haven't experimented much, though) with Android it varies from phone to phone, and afaik not all apps are affected.
Non-smartphone-wise, aren't those Doro(?) phones designed for people with poor eyesight?
Big Keys, massive text fonts etc.... but obviously very few apps, and zero smartphone features.

Symbian is a mixed bag. There are various ways to increase fontsizes, but again, not all apps are affected, and many menus remain tiny.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 17:18

I'd say wait for the new iPhone. It's probably 'only' a 4-incher screenwise, but iOS has the handy triple-tap thing for the visually impaired - zooming in instantly, and that works systemwide, with all apps. Also, iOS 6 will apparently improve on those 'accessibilty' feature, and they will be integrated in all system apps - such as mail, messaging, etc.

Blackberry also lets you crank up fontsizes, but icon sizes are fixed, and some sub-menus are iffy.
I think (I haven't experimented much, though) with Android it varies from phone to phone, and afaik not all apps are affected.
Non-smartphone-wise, aren't those Doro(?) phones designed for people with poor eyesight?
Big Keys, massive text fonts etc.... but obviously very few apps, and zero smartphone features.

Symbian is a mixed bag. There are various ways to increase fontsizes, but again, not all apps are affected, and many menus remain tiny.

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 17:21

Depends how bad? you cant get a phone which has 12 buttons which are predetermined numbers which if you press it automatically calls them.

blizzard7  Sep. 4, 2012 at 21:02

Windows Phone by far. Lumia 900 or wait for the next batch.

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 21:24

i dunno about that. the homescreen is good for poor eyesight but the secondary list is not brill...

AhmadCentral  Sep. 4, 2012 at 21:37

Get any Android phone and download "big launcher" from the Android market. Makrs everything huge and easy to see.

IPhone is an excellent choice but very expensive it comes with accessibility options.

windows phone has big buttons as well and is very easy to use. you can get them quite cheap now.

I would recommend a android phone. probably the Huawei ascend g 300. it is around 100 pounds and you can install big launcher on this

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 21:45

Windows Phone by far. Lumia 900 or wait for the next batch.
Icons and menus, yes, but what about emails, sms etc? I can't remember. Can you increase fonts? All apps?
Seems relevant to the OP. Not just large launcher icons etc...

blizzard7  Sep. 5, 2012 at 21:23

Windows Phone by far. Lumia 900 or wait for the next batch.
Icons and menus, yes, but what about emails, sms etc? I can't remember. Can you increase fonts? All apps?
Seems relevant to the OP. Not just large launcher icons etc...


Emails - Pinch to zoom
SMS - Download Big Contacts

Would work out much cheaper than an iPhone 5 that's for sure.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 21:29

Windows Phone by far. Lumia 900 or wait for the next batch.
Icons and menus, yes, but what about emails, sms etc? I can't remember. Can you increase fonts? All apps?
Seems relevant to the OP. Not just large launcher icons etc...


Emails - Pinch to zoom
SMS - Download Big Contacts

Would work out much cheaper than an iPhone 5 that's for sure.


Alright...
But pinch to zoom in email - is that for received emails only? What about when you compose one?

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