Enlarge or read digital content
We have compared the Asus Zenfone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Apple iPhone 6 plus and Nokia Lumia 1320
Results for text- and zoom magnification, virtual keyboard, speech recognition, mail app, browser, and more
The usability of tablets changes when using the zoom function - but other aspects also contribute, such as the legibility of virtual keyboards or low contrast.
The three most common smartphone operating systems all offer zoom magnifiaction. We have checked which one works best.
Android smartphones come with specific "s kins" (graphical user interfaces) to differentiate themselves from Google's stock Android. Can blind users handle these skins?
In November 2013 we tested three tablets with blind users: Google's Nexus 7, Apple's iPad mini, and Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, a Windows 8 hybrid with detachable screen.
In November 2013 we tested tablets with blind users to check how accessible they are when using the built-in mobile screen r
eaders in iOS, Android and Windows 8.
Can blind users set up a tablet all on their own? We compared the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the iPad mini calendar, recording issues and bugs.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the Nexus 7 calendar, recording issues and bugs.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the Windows 8 calendar, recording issues and bugs.
Inaccessible controls, non-modal designs, bad names or labels, or missing instructions: These some of interface issues that impact on blind people using touch devices.
Our tablet tests have revealed some general issues blind users encounter when using touch input on a tablet. We list the issues and illustrate them with examples from the tests.
Our comparison table demonstrates differences in standard output of the built-in screenreaders VoiceOver (iPad mini, iOS7), TalkBack (Google Nexus 7, Android 4.4.2 ) and Narrator (ThinkPad Helix, Windows 8.1).