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Show and Tell: Mobile Phones for the Visually Impaired

Listed below are details of mobile phones that are produced for anyone with limited sight.
Phones that provide speech feedback maybe better suited to those with who are blind.

The details on this page are compiled in a screen reader friendly format for users of screen readers such as NVDA, Voiceover and Talkback etc.

Buttons provided on this page will enable the size of the displayed text to be increased to make the reading experience slightly easier, also the text can be change from the normal black text on a white background, to white text on a black background.

Activate the 'Go to Page controls' link at the top of this the page to access the available screen display control buttons.

Please note I do not receive any commission from any of the manufacturers of the products referenced in this page and I do not suggest any preference of one phone above another.

It is my intention to present only factual unbiased information on this page, in an uncluttered, readable format for visually impaired visitors to this page and those who need to use screen readers.


Product: Doro 6620

Price: £90.00 (May 2020)

Colour: Black or White

Picture of Doro 6620 mobile phone

Brief Description

Stylish flip phone with HD voice.
Have more fun with a phone that's easy to use. Not only is calling and texting easier with your Doro 6620, but the extra-large display makes taking, receiving and viewing pictures both effortless and more enjoyable. You’ll also like that conversations are clearer at both ends.

Top features

Assistance button.
Camera resolution (megapixel) 3MP interpolated.
Email.
GPS.
Speakerphone.
Visual ring indicator.
Torch No.

Main features

Backlit keypad.
Calculator.
Calendar.
Calendar with reminder.
Call timer.
Clock.
Daily reminder.
Games.
ICE (In Case of Emergency).
Key tone.
Remote programming (OTA).
Startup wizard.
Supporting on/off hook button on headset.
Wake up alarm.
Weather function.

Camera

Image viewer.
Video recording.

Memories.

Call log positions 60.
List top 10 contacts first.
Notes.
One touch memories 4 direct keys.
Phonebook positions 500 (1500 numbers).
White list phone numbers.

Handset unit display

Adjustable font size.
Backlit display.
Big display text.
Colour display.
Contrast adjustment.
Customisable wallpaper.
Display size (H x W mm) 58*43.
Optional display modes optimised for visually impaired users.
Resolution (H x W pixels) 320x240QVGA.

SMS

Adjustable multi-tap timing.
MMS.
Predictive text.
SMS.
SMS key.

Sounds & Signals

Polyphonic ringtones 21.
Ringer off setting.
Ringer volume settings except off 7.
Vibrating ringer.

Acoustics

HD voice certified.
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating Minimum T3/M3, Minimum T3/M3.
Maximum receiving amplification (dB) 35.
Maximum ringer volume (dB(A) at 1 metre >83.
Microphone mute.
Speaker phone volume settings 7.
Tone control.
Volume settings 7.

Ergonomics

Handset size (mm) 106x55.1x 19.5.

Cables & Connections

Headset outlet (3.5mm).

Powering handset unit.

AC Adapter spec V/mA 5V 550mA.
Battery included (type) 800mAh Li-ion.
Standby time (up to hours) Up to 380.
Talk time (up to hours) Up to 8.

Technology

3G data rate HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 2Mbps.
A-GPS
Chipset MT6276A.
GPRS.
GSM (band).
Memory card type MicroSDcard.
VCard support.
SAR (head) 0,441.
SAR (body) 1,257.

Accessories

Remote alarm key support.

Doro 6620 Site Link.

Doro 6620


Product: Doro 7010

Price: £90.00 (May 2020)

Colour: Grey or White

Picture of Doro 7010 mobile phone

Brief Description


Stylish bar style phone with WhatsApp and Facebook
Want a great looking bar style phone that also lets you stay in touch via WhatsApp and Facebook? The Doro 7010 with Wi-Fi does just that. You'll also appreciate how the extra-large display makes taking, receiving and viewing pictures both effortless and more fun. Not to mention clearer conversation at both ends.

Top features

4G.
Assistance button.
Camera resolution (megapixel) 3 MP.
GPS.

Main features

Backlit keypad.
Calculator.
Calendar.
Calendar with reminder.
Call timer.
Clock.
Daily reminder.
Firmware over-the-air updates (FOTA).
ICE (In Case of Emergency).
Key tone.
Keylock.
Remote programming (OTA).
Startup wizard.
Supporting on/off hook button on headset.
Wake up alarm.

Internet

Bookmarks.
Facebook.
Web browser.

Camera

Camera flash.
Image viewer.
Video recording.

Memories

Call log positions Unlimited.
List top 10 contacts first.
Phonebook positions 500.
Black list phone numbers.

Handset unit display

Adjustable font size.
Backlit display.
Big display text.
Colour display.
Contrast adjustment.
Customisable wallpaper.
Optional display modes optimised for visually impaired users.
Resolution (H x W pixels) 320x240QVGA.
SMS
MMS.
Predictive text.
SMS.

Sounds & Signals

Polyphonic ringtones 22.
Ringer off setting.
Ringer volume settings except off 15.
Vibrating ringer.

Acoustics

HD voice certified.
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating T3/M3.
Maximum receiving amplification (dB) 35.
Microphone mute.
Speaker phone volume settings 7.
Tone control.
Volume settings 7.

Cables & Connections

Headset outlet (3.5mm).

Powering handset unit

AC Adapter spec V/mA 5V 550mA.
Battery included (type) 1600mAh Li-ion.
Standby time (up to hours) 330.
Talk time (up to hours) 7.

Technology

3G data rate HSPA+.
A-GPS.
Chipset MT6731V/ZA.
GPRS.
GSM (band) 900/1800/1900.
LTE (4G) Cat 4 VoLTE, Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 20.
Memory card type MicroSDcard.
VCard support.
Wi-Fi.
SAR (head) 1,102.
SAR (body) 1,661.

Accessories

Remote alarm key support

Doro 7010 Site Link.

Doro 7010


Product: Doro 8035

Price: £160.00 (May 2020).
Colour: Blue.

Picture of Doro 8035 mobile phone

Brief Description


A smartphone that’s exceptionally user friendly.
The versatile Doro 8035 suits both new and experienced smartphone users. You can choose between a traditional Android interface and Doro’s own intuitive, easily navigated interface. Doro 8035 keeps track of the functions you use most often and comes with Google Assistant*, a powerful personal assistant that responds to your voice. A built-in assistance button puts you in direct contact with safety and convenience services in your area.

Top features

4G.
Android and Google apps.
Assistance button.
Camera resolution (megapixel) 5MP+2MP.
Email.
GPS.
HAC (hearing aid compatible).
Internet.
Loud and clear sound.
My Doro Manager.
Speakerphone.
Step-by-step tutorial.
Torch.

Main features

Backlit keypad.
Calculator.
Calendar with reminder.
Compatible with Doro 3500.
Daily reminder.
Dedicated keylock button.
ICE (In Case of Emergency).
Key tone.
Keylock.
Startup wizard.
Wake up alarm.
Weather function.

Internet

Bookmarks.
Google Play.
Web browser.

Camera

Autofocus.
Camera flash.
Image viewer.
Magnifer function.
Video recording MPEG4 (720p, VGA, MMS (176x144)).

Memories

Call log positions >100.
Internal Storage 16GB.
List top 10 contacts first.
Multiple numbers per contact.
Notes.
One touch memories 4.
Phonebook positions >500.

Handset unit display

Adjustable font size.
Big display text.
Brightness adjustment.
Colour display.
Contrast adjustment.
Customisable wallpaper.
Display size (H x W mm) 110*62.7.
Display size (inch) 5".
Optional display modes optimised for visually impaired users.
Resolution (H x W pixels) 1280*720.
Touch display.

SMS

Assistance SMS with GPS position.
Predictive text.
SMS.

Sounds & Signals

Polyphonic ringtones 30.
Ringer off setting.
Ringer volume settings except off 15.
Vibrating ringer.

Acoustics

HD voice certified.
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating T3/M3.
Maximum receiving amplification (dB) 35.
Maximum ringer volume (dB(A) at 1 metre >83.
Microphone mute.
Tone control.
Volume settings 7.

Ergonomics

Handset size (mm) 148.6*70.1*9.48.
Handset weight including batteries (g) 171.

Cables & Connections

Headset outlet (3.5mm).

Powering handset unit

AC Adapter spec V/mA 5V/1000mA.
Battery included (type) 2500mAh Li-ion.
Standby time (up to hours) 550.
Talk time (up to hours) 15.

Technology

3G.
3G (Bands) UMTS Band 1 (2100) & Band 8 (900) & Band 5(850) & Band 2 (1900).
3G data rate HSDPA 42Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps.
Bluetooth®.
Bluetooth® version 4.2.
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8909.
GPRS.
GSM (band) 850/900/1800/1900.
LTE (4G) LTE Cat 4, Band 1 (2100), Band 3 (1800), Band 7 (2600), Band 8 (900), Band 20 (800).
Memory card type Micro-SD (≤ 32GB).
Nano-SIM (4FF).
Platform Android 7.1.
VCard support.
Wi-Fi.
SAR (head) 0.61.
SAR (body) 1.42.

GPS

Compass.

Accessories

Charging cradle included No.
Headset included.
USB-cable included.

Doro 8035 Site Link.

Doro 8035


Product: BlindShell Classic Lite

Price 249 € (May 2020).
Colour Grey.

Picture of Blindshell Classic Lite mobile phone

Brief Description


THE SIMPLEST AND MOST ACCESSIBLE MOBILE PHONE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE.
We took the best out of our world famous BlindShell Classic and developed a new phone that is even easier to use! In addition to our perfect usability, BlindShell Classic Lite focuses on the key features that help our users stay connected with family and friends.

What does BlindShell Classic LITE have to offer?

BlindShell Classic LITE is the easiest phone for the blind but yet has all the necessary functions.

Main functions

Calls.
Call history.
SMS.
Contacts.
Alarm.
Calender.
Timer.
Notes.
Calculator.

Advanced functions

SOS buttons.
Quick dial up to 11 contacts .
Possibility to adjust speed and intonation of the phone voice.
Possibility to change the colour scheme.

SOS buttons

You can use SOS button with the assigned contact when in an emergency situation.

Fully vocalised

All the steps on the phone are fully vocalised and you know exactly where in the menu you are and where are you going.

Keypad with big tactile buttons

On BlindShell Classic there are big tactile buttons that make controlling the phone very easy.

Extended warranty + 6 months

When you register your phone the warranty of your BlindShell phone will be extended.

Quick Dial

You can assign a particular contact number to each numerical key so you can call them with a one press of the button.

Timer & Alarm & Stopwatch

You can use all the time measuring functions and set your alarm or timer. You will never overcook your pasta again.

SOS button

You can use SOS button with the assigned contact when in an emergency situation.

Blindshell Classic Lite Site Link

Blindshell Classic Lite


Product: BlindShell Classic

Price 349 € (May 2020).
Colour Red or black.

Picture of Blindshell Classic mobile phone

Brief Description


THE BEST TALKING MOBILE PHONE WITH KEYBOARD FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY DISABLED PEOPLE
The BlindShell Classic is the most accessible cell phone for visually impaired and blind people! With physical keyboard and more than 30 applications and functions, we have integrated the most useful functions of a smartphone into a phone that is simple and user-friendly!

Main functions

Calls
Call history
SMS
SMS to more recipients
Contacts
Contact back up and import
Alarm
Calendar
Timer
Notes

Advanced functions

SOS button
E-mail
Object tagging
FM radio
Internet radio
Music player
Book reader
Unite converter
Service menu
Weather forcast
GPS lokation
Color recognition
Games

SOS button

You can use SOS button with the assigned contact when in an emergency situation.

Charging cradle

Charge your phone in a charging cradle and you will never have to look for your carging cable.

Voice Control

You can control BlindShell phone just with your voice and simple commands.

Quick Dial

Do you have troubles distinguishing between objects with the same shape? The Object Tagging application can help you with that.

Keyboard with large buttons


BlindShell Classic has a keyboard with large, tactile buttons, for comfortable phone control.

Extended warranty + 6 months

When you register your phone the warranty of your BlindShell phone will be extended.

Youtube

You can listen to music or watch videos on YouTube application.

Lifetime free update

As we are moving forward and developing new features we guarantee lifetime free updates for all.

FM and Internet radio

You have hundreds of radio and internet stations to choose from

GPS location

Do you feel lost? Grab your phone and find out your location.

Book Reader

Download your favourite book and have it always in your pocket.

Email

Register your Gmail account and keep your inbox always with you.

Games

Are you bored? You can play Hangman, Memory game or Dice roller.

Object tagging application

Tooth paste or facecream? With the help of Object tagging application you will be able to distinguish between them within a few seconds.

Blindshell Classic Site Link

Blindshell Classic


Mobile Phones available on the RNIB Website

Product: Synapptic Silver 10 package (Hardware and Software)

Price £546.00 (inc VAT), £455.00 (ex VAT) (May 2020).
Colour: The Samsung Galaxy A40 is available in black, white, coral or blue shades but the RNIB package might limit the range of colours available, maybe only Black. Confirm at time of ordering.

Picture of Blindshell Classic mobile phone

Brief Description

This easy-to-use and easy-to-see fully talking smart phone can be controlled with simple gestures or voice control.

The Synapptic software offers easy-to-follow menus, large high-contrast text, voice dictation and clear speech feedback. Because all the Synapptic software features work in the same easy-to-use way, once you've mastered one feature, you've mastered them all, making it effortless to use this accessible smartphone. Now with Synapptic Reader for easy access to apps and much more.

This sleek Samsung Galaxy A40 mobile phone, with stunning design, is supplied with Synapptic software installed – fully set up and ready to use. A modern, fast phone, so you won't have to change your device any time soon.

This easy-to-use and easy-to-see fully talking smart phone can be controlled with either simple gestures or voice control.

Synapptic Reader is a simple but powerful screen reader for Android phones and tablets. It is used to read out Android apps or messages that aren't part of Synapptic. It goes step by step through each block of text, heading or button on the screen and reads them out, one by one.

Synapptic Reader also places the familiar red Cancel and Go Back button in the top left of each App or Android message. This makes using Apps and Android features seamless and easy from Synapptic.

Also, get one hour's free telephone training from the supplier with your order so you're ready to go with your device.

Phone model highlights


Samsung Galaxy A40 mobile phone.
5.9 inch FHD Plus Infinity touch screen for great viewing experience.
SIM-free / unlocked (works with all networks).
1.7Ghz processor for completing tasks quickly.
16MP rear camera, 5MP front facing camera.
Fingerprint and facial scanner.
Connectivity: wi-fi, 4G, Bluetooth.
Size: 6.9 × 14.4 × 0.8cm.
Weight 140g.
Standard 3.5mm headphone socket.
Though this phone is unlocked to all networks, it does come with a free pay-as-you-go SIM card, mobile number and £5 call, text and internet credit. If you have an old phone, simply transfer the SIM to the new Synapptic phone – this will instantly transfer your old number, along with any existing credit or contract.

Phone memory


Device memory: 64GB (expandable up to 512GB).
RAM: 4GB.
Card slot: Micro SD.
SIM type: Nano sim.

Phone battery


Battery capacity: 3100mAh
Power-saving mode
Battery is not removable
Talk time: 18 hours
Standby: 23 hours
USB-C charger (the plug included requires you to lever out the third pin).

Synapptic software specification:


Magnification: up to 20 times (20x)
Dictate messages with voice recognition
Hands-free control with voice commands

Other

One hour's free telephone training from Synapptic (on request)
Smartphone features include email, internet, calendar, alarm clock, torch, internet radio, BBC iPlayer and notepad·
Includes free USB Talking Book adaptor and two years of software updates

RNIB Synapptic Silver 10 Site Link

Synapptic Silver 10 mobile phone package


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