I suspect that many "blind" consumers who use smart phones that
are completely devoid of tactile buttons are not really "blind" at
all, but visually impaired and retain some funtional vision to
navigate around a touchscreen. Those who are totally blind and
purport to use a touchscreen smart phone probably had a lot of
sighted help. Which is why smart phones with tactile keypads like
the BlindShell and Smart Vision have been introduced. So I'm
looking forward to hearing about the experiences of a totally
blind consumer using the new Samsung smart flip phone.
Your statement about buttons is
inaccurate based on discussions I've seen on this topic
before. Most smart phones already had very few buttons, and,
as for the elimination of the home button on the I-Phone,
while I can't speak from personal experience, I've seen enough
comments on lists like this that the button's elimination
doesn't mean blind people can't use the phone. Evidently, the
screen simulates the presence of a button by vibrating. I'm
not saying I definitely understand the situation and I await
other comments but how many people have you seen say they
stopped using an I-Phone because of elimination of the home
You often state the worst case
interpretation of situations.
----- Origial Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020 5:22 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] New Smart Flip Phone?
According to Consumer Reports, this Samsung smart flip phone
employs a new touchscreen technology that allows it to be thin
and flexible enough to be folded in half like a wallet. But in
tests, it proved to be very fragile, and CR did not recommend
it, especially in view of its very high price tag. And it would
probably not be a good choice for a blind consumer because even
unfolded the touchscreen is relatively small and has no tactile
buttons. This seems to be a growing trend in smart phones:
eliminating all physical buttons, making it virtually impossible
for a blind consumer to use the phone without some sighted help
or a lot of hands-on training.
On 2/19/2020 9:20 PM, Mike B wrote:
I heard about a phone like
you're describing just the other day and I think they said
that Samsung was the company producing it. From the way
the guy was describing the way it works, it sounds like
it'll be a really cool phone, but for $1300 it damn well
otta be! LOL LOL Check out the link below for a review.
Take care. Mike. Sent from my iBarstool.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] New Smart Flip Phone?
My semi-techno-phobic dad is going to trade in his old flip
He said he saw something on TV advertising a smart flip phone,
a phone with the same body style as a feature flip phone but
capability of a modern iPhone or Android Smart phone. I haven't
anything about this. Does anyone here have any info about this
phone? Brand, Wireless carrier, etc?