By Calvin Botha
Sony Xperia S accessibility review
Hi to you, dear reader! Thought I’d shoot through a
quick review of my experiences with my first android device and how accessible it is for those of us whose eyes don’t feel like working:).
the Sony Xperia s lt26I sports 32GB of internal memory, a 4.3″ HD Reality Display which, although quite large in phone terms, is extremely comfortable to use and, with the latest official updates, runs android 4.12.
In a word, jumping from good old symbian to android is akin to falling in love. OK, maybe a little dramatic, but you get the idea:). The interface is snappy, the touch screen feels more interactive and the customization that is possible is staggering.
If you were as fearful as I was getting a touch screen device, android will put it to bed.
Dialing on my Nokia 701’s touch screen was always such a mission, but now, with the explore by touch feature (where you drag your finger across the screen and tap on the item you’d like), with the number pad taking up the entire screen, (feeling more like an old phone with physical buttons)), dialing is a breeze.
There were however 2 gripes. These were typing on the main keyboard and answering calls.
The built in xperia keyboard was totally unusable with talkback.
Fortunately, a few tests of the multitude of keyboard apps on the play store later, and I found swipe, created by nuance, the same company responsible for Talks. Now I can qwerty type away!
Answering calls is for some reason also not supported on my device with talkback. It was quite frustrating tapping and swiping around as my device continued ringing. Fortunately, thanks to an app called easy answer, I now need simply lift the phone to my ear to answer it.
That summarizes my experiences thus far. The xperia S can now be added to the list of accessible devices.