After a few setbacks in the ordering process, my iPhone 5S has arrived. Now I can finally give a first-hand review of the accessibility features.
So far, so good. It is a jump from the iPhone 4–faster, smoother transitions from app to app, etc. The camera is better and has more settings to play with.
Apple just pushed out a new software update: 7.0.3. In this update, they fixed the “reduce motion” setting. It works now, thank goodness. The apps just appear or disappear rather than swooping in and out. My head is already feeling better.
I like the “invert colors” option in the Accessibility settings, but it messes up the way pictures and graphics look. If there was a way to invert the colors and not invert the pictures and graphics, that would be nice. White on black is easier on the eyes.
I tried to get a screenshot of the inverted colors look, but the picture just showed the regular setting.
The keyboard works better on the 5S than the 4. Obvious difference between using an older phone and a newer one specifically designed to work with the newest software.
As a visual person, I’m not used to using voice commands. This is my first time really trying out Siri. She gets some things mixed up, but can come in handy if I don’t want to mess with the keyboard when looking something up, like the weather forecast or information about the health care law.
Siri isn’t very good at more specialized searching yet. But, that’s okay. It keeps librarians in business!
The “larger type” setting is not really helpful right now because major apps like Facebook and Twitter don’t appear to support dynamic type. Most apps like these don’t support the built-in zoom settings either.
Apple is still the “one to beat” as far as Accessibility goes because they offer the most options both internally and via third party apps. However, I’m seeing some advantages on other phones like the HTC One such as larger text options that I don’t see on the iPhone. I have a feeling that Android phones will probably catch up in the next couple of years.
So I like my new phone, but I’m not blown away. Might be ready to try something new in a couple of years. Technology moves so fast these days, who knows what will be on the market then.