That's a very honest and helpful response.
I'm glad it's more of a lifestyle than accessibility choice as this is a good
place to be.
I'm not a braille user so that's not an issue for me.
I think my main driver for contemplating is the cost of iPhones. I know there
are ways and means of getting them a bit cheaper but looking at new Android
phones there is a lot more flexibility of choice and cost options. I don't
want this to get into an argument over which is better value for money, better
phone etc. but it is a consideration for me. I also like the way my partner
can easily use mp3's as ringtones, text tones etc. without having the faff that
you have on IOS but that in itself isn't a reason enough to switch.
I will perhaps look again at possible phones and weigh it up a bit more. Both
my partner and 16 year old son have had Huawei phones for a while now and have
been impressed with them so that's where I'm starting.
Thanks as ever for your advice.
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: 28 October 2019 15:07
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Switching to android
I use both, so I am not a switcher, but I will answer your questions as
honestly as I can below:-
What apps won't I be able to get on android (I do use Soundscape and Seeingai)?
You will get neither of those on Android unfortunately, they are iOS only.
Envision AI, or Eye-D Pro are good alternatives on Android, but there is
nothing quite like SoundScape on Android.
How different really are the gestures?
The main differences are flicks up and down instead of the rota, and Android
doesn't have multi-fingered gestures, so there is no doing anything with more
than one finger to operate Talkback. This also means that one down side of
Android for you may be that you don't get the magic tap, that is double tap
with two fingers for global play/pause or answering the phone etc. The up side
for me though is you can do everything with one hand.
What will I gain from switching?
It depends on what you're looking to gain. You may not gain anything by
switching, depending on how comfortable you are with iOS. Both are so
accessible now, that I'd say it's a lifestyle, rather than an accessibility
choice, unless you are a Braille user, in which case, iOS is undoubtedly
better. What you might gain with Android though, is more choice of speech
How long does it take to learn the new eivnornment?
How long is a piece of string?? It really depends on how patient you are, and
how much inclination you have to learn it.
You could start here:-
This will give you the scoop on Talkback.
Will give you independent tutorials, not produced by Google.
I hope this helps.
All the best