When most of you get a phone for personal or business use, your first thoughts probably are: Is the screen big enough, what are the phone specs, will I be able to play Candy Crush on it? When a person with a disability, goes fishing for new phone technology, they wonder the following: will I be able to use the phone? It’s a pretty simple question with a complex answer. Depending on your disability, one smartphone platform may suit you better than others. For example, Apple has done very well accessibility-wise with their iDevices. There is a learning-curve, but Apple is still at the forefront of accessible smartphones. Next in line is Android. Due to the myriad hardware solutions for this platform and the fact that every company sets up a different look and feel for every device, it makes it rather challenging when it comes down to a fully accessible smartphone. It can be very frustrating for the end-user. Don’t get me wrong, the situation is improving when it comes to accessibility on Android. It’s just that due to the nature of the platform, this sort of thing takes time.
As for Blackberry accessibility, I cannot comment, since I haven’t tested their most recent hardware. It’s now based on Android, so it might be better, but who knows.
The whole point of this post was to give credit to someone, or rather, a company. Turns out Bell Canada has stepped up to the challenge and unveiled their new accessibility smartphone program. It seems to be somewhat extensive and there’s even a feasible Android solution that is rather tempting.
Just to clarify, I have no connection to Bell Canada, nor will I profit in any way from this post. I just like to celebrate accessibility successes when they are warranted.
You can find out more about the Bell Accessibility features from this post at Disabled World: New Bell Mobile Accessibility Products & Services