moderated Re: android vs ios.
Leedy Diane Bomar
I have used an Apple phone since 2010, and started out with an iPhone 4. Last summer I purchased a Samsung 10E in order to develop a working knowledge of Android use and test apps for accessibility on that platform.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I have a strong preference for apple phones for the following reasons:
The Apple Accessibility team is available 24/7 via a toll-free number, and can screen share with your phone, and help with access issues primarily with their apps, but, general use, also.
Apple develops the hardware and software, and, therefore, has consistency not available with Android.
Apple stores provide one-on-one classes, group classes, and help from their "genius bar" at all Apple stores.
The fact that the many acccessibility features are part of the operating system, and are available on all Apple products.
One can customize the accessibility of an iPhone, including navigation and voice options easily from within iOS.
The rotor on the iPhone allows for inclusion of various customizable controls.
Apple vets the apps for inclusion in their app store. This makes the apps more secure, preventing embedded hackware and viruses that often are embedded in the Google play store.
I personally like the goals of Apple, and their inclusive development philosophy. As Tim Cook says: "With Google, you are the product" meaning that Google values selling your information.
I do everything with my iPhone, mail, podcasts, playing games, texting, facebook, etc.
If you are a geekly kind of person, enjoying knowing where your files are stored, playing with questionable apps, and a techie that enjoys spending more time learning the various ways to manipulate the phone, vs. a person who wants to actually use the phone as a means to an end, Android would be the choice for you. My background is in software development and engineering, but, I use my phone for the benefits of accessing the world outside the phone, not just to play with the various configurations. I don't care where the files are stored.
Both platforms offer the ability to transfer files from one device to another, (phone to phone, phone to/from PC or MAC)
ICloud offers the ability to use the phone and other Apple devices, seamlessly.
IOS has a great choice of voices to be used with Voiceover and it is easy to change them on the fly, through the rotor.
I can pick up any Apple phone and use it without needing sighted assistance. Texting other Apple users offer benefits not available with SMS.
My Android experience has been frustrating, at best. The virtual keyboard experience has been inconsistent and frustrating. Figuring out which TTS to use, downloading it, installing it, and learning its various quirks and features has been difficult. I admit to being biased because I want to use Android in ways I have learned to use iOS. Use and availability of the various phones, and their versions of the Android operating system vary greatly, and obtaining support or having a quick answer to an accessibility question is more time-consuming and stressful.
Ultimately, I would like to learn how to write code to enhance the accessibility of 3rd party apps. Apple has good and substantial information for devs to include accessibility features in the apps they are developing.
Please feel free to contact me privately if you would like to discuss your questions.
Of late, I have not been checking my email as often, as I used to, as other priorities have developed, and I am on too many lists, which take a considerable amount of time to read.
HTH, and good luck,
On Jun 27, 2020, at 01:33, David Moore <jesusloves1966@...> wrote:
I use both an Android phone with Talkback and an iPhone with voice over! It was just as hard to learn Voiceover as it was to learn Talkback. Also Android 11, which will come out in the fall, will have a lot of the same multi-finger gestures as Voiceover. Android is better because you can use third party apps instead of using just what Apple will let you use. You can customize your Android phone much more, and what do you know, Ios 14 is adding the app drawer just like android. IOS 14 is taking from Android and Google. What range of phone are you using? please join the ANATAD list. It standds for Android apps news talk and deals.
On Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 2:23 AM Patrick Murphy <murphy.patrick42@...> wrote: