With my visual impairment, I am using a bunch electronics widgets to help me with many daily tasks. Now that I have a smartphone, I could probably consolidate many functions provided by those widgets into one device. My smartphone already came with some functions that could replace couple of my electronics devices. and I added few more apps to round out my electronics multi-tool collection.
Camera: my smartphone came with a 5MP autofocus back camer and a 2MP front camera. The camera app is very easy to use. All the buttons are labeled. This app even let me take a photo with voice command, just say Cheese. The main draw back of this camera is lack of optical zoom. Needless to say, it has video recording function too.
Calculator: what can I say about the calculator app? Oh, yes, it is a talking calculator. I don't use my large digit calculator anymore.
|Large Digit Calculator|
Voice Recorder: the voice recorder app replaces my portable digital voice recorder. This simple voice recorder only has 3 buttons (record, pause, stop) and they are all labeled. One big advantage of the portable voice recorder is its small size and its simple operation.
|Digital Voice Recorder|
FM Radio: I hardly listen to radio anymore, but it is nice to know it is there if I want it. I have to use a pair of ear buds in order to receive the radio signal because the ear buds wire acts as an antenna.
MP3 Player: with the MP3 app, I no longer need a separate MP3. I player. I am glad to get rid of this inaccessible device.
Digital Book Player: one of the best app is the BARD Mobile app. I no longer need to carry the bulky BARD digital book player on my long car ride. However, I still like to use the bulky BARD player at home because it has much better sound quality.
|BARD Digital Book Player|
Magnifier: I really want my smartphone to act as a magnifier or a CCTV but I haven't found a good app as a replacement. Few of those magnifier apps had unlabeled buttons thus making them useless with Talkback. In general, I found those magnifier apps have inadequate magnification and low image quality to be helpful for my need. I guess I have to keep my portable CCTV for now.
|Hand Held Magnifier 5X|