Google eyes-free Vs "A Special Phone" app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mukaissi, Apr 7, 2009.


Which movie or approach do you prefer?

  1. A Special Phone

    2 vote(s)
  2. Google's eyes-free keyboard

    2 vote(s)
  1. mukaissi macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
  2. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Google's version. A blind person can take the google version and use it to dial any number they want with no special set up. With a special phone you can only dial 6 pre-defined numbers.
  3. mukaissi thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    Thank you for your comment.
    The setup is done only once. The advantage of having Numbers already preset that don't need to memorize them. How many of us is memorizing numbers to call? and how many frequent calls you do every day?
    In google approach you have to dial each number separately which could take considerable amount of time especially if you are doing something else like driving so you have to focus more on dialing then driving. With A Special Phone it's only one natural motion that includes very low learning curve, all you have to do is shake!!

    And if you have kids especially one that don't know how to read and you want them to learn to dial in case of emergencies it would be very difficult in the eyes-free but in special phone it's the kid's natural motion when playing with his toys : shake!!

    Hope that would clarify thanks.
  4. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    I memorize the numbers that I call frequently, just since I call them so often.

    If you are blind, you aren't driving. Googles approach is for the blind.

    If you have a kid, do they really need to be able to read to dial 911? Also, if you want your child to have special numbers to dial that aren't 911, I'd think you could get them to recognize mom and dad from the rest of the contacts. Or, you could always make a contact named " Emergency" so that it shows up at the top of the contact list. There are many possibilities for children.
  5. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    Or you can just teach the child how to use a phone. People are so quick to dumb everything down these days, making it easier for kids to not learn. Market it for the handicapped, fine. I see that.
  6. Minus Human macrumors member

    Minus Human

    Mar 5, 2008
  7. bmacir macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    Both apps are great, but I think they are targeted to different types of persons with different needs.

    Google's eyes-free is better for blind persons as Jeremy pointed out, because you are not limited to only 6 numbers.

    "A Special Phone" is good for the numbers you dial more frequently and can be used by a wider audience, although kids have no use of such an application: they are more than capable of using the iphone or any other phone, if taught so.

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