Can anyone recommend a smartphone for a relative with poor eyesight? Are there any that let you make the letters bigger?
JanSt / MOD
May. 16, 2011 at 16:00
Newer Nokia Symbian smartphones usually let you change the fontsize, but it is not system wide... some apps will still use smaller 'print'. There is a third party app in Nokia's Ovi Store that works a bit better.
iOS - Apple's iPhone OS has a feature for the visually impaired - you can tap the screen with 3 fingers, and zoom into any part of the screen. I found it a tad too large, but hey...
I think most Android phones since 2.2 (Froyo) let you adjust fontsize. And there are Android apps that let you finetune fonts further. But again, as with Symbian, I do not believe those changes are applied system-wide - meaning, some menus and apps will still have a small-ish font.
The HTC HD2 has a large screen, and it runs windows mobile 6.5 which lets you increase fonts out-of-the-box (sms, email, browser, menus etc) It has large icons... But winmo 6.5 is not exactly a smartphone newbie OS. Nevertheless, the main phone and messaging functions work in a newb-proof manner...
Overall, imho, iOS's triple-tap zoom is the most elegant solution, and it works everywhere on the phone - even when watching video.
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