Blind Apple Fanboy Switches to Android (for 1 week)

(smartphone beeps)
– I’m blind, help me. – [Google Assistant] My
apologies, I don’t understand. – OK. Hey Siri, I’m blind. – [Siri] You can adjust
many of the vision settings. – Hm. As you may or may not know
from looking at my past videos I use Apple products a lot. In fact, they’ve had a
huge influence on my career and I have a little bit of a
bias towards Apple products. But I can still be critical of the company and decisions when things
aren’t necessarily for me. Last year I actually addressed a comment that took aim at me and my preference of accessibility choices. That being Apple’s ecosystem
and Apple’s accessibility and not talking enough about Android. I have had Android phones in the past, but my experience has never been stellar. Now I also don’t think I’ve given Android enough of a chance, so for the past week I have been solely using
this Android phone. It’s stock Android, it’s
the essential phone. For those of you who have not
seen my content in the past, I happen to be legally blind. And what that means is
that I live with blindness since birth on sort of the spectrum that, blindness isn’t an on and off switch for a majority of people
who are considered blind. And for those of you who
have never even heard of a blind person using a
smartphone, that’s a thing. It’s been a thing for many, many years. It’s not a hard thing to grasp. Please do keep in mind, if
you are a sighted viewer, going from one phone’s
ecosystem to another may look completely different
for you, no pun intended. First things first is how would I interact with this new device. I had to find the accessibility figures that were equivalent to
what I use on the iOS. On iOS I use Zoom, Speak
Screen, and VoiceOver. On Android that would translate
over to Magnification, Select to Speak, and TalkBack. There are other accessibility features that I do use on and off
including invert colors, things such as selection
speak or even just Siri. Siri being an accessibility tool, something to grant me
access to something quicker. And believe me, I know, going from Siri to Google Assistant. (sighs) I understand. First up was Magnification, and at first it was pretty easy to get adjusted to. It’s just a triple tap with one finger. I kind of like that coming
from iOS to enable Zoom the old fashioned way is
three fingers triple tap. But here’s where things
kinda fall from there. If I wanna do a quick zoom
and just peek into something that’s fine, I can triple
tap, I get that information, triple tap out of the zoom. However on iOS, iOS has
the Zoom controller, which lets me do just a quick press in and then press out to get that, and I can do it all one-handed. If I wanna start scrolling
around the screen on Android it’s gonna require two fingers and that becomes a multi-hand task. And when this becomes difficult
is when I have my cane in one hand and I’m using
my phone in the other hand. And that is, it doesn’t make it easy. Now maybe there’s a way around this and I’m just ignorant to it. I just want you to know, I’m
a little biased towards iOS ’cause I know how to use
it, I know the ins and outs and I’ve been using it for
a good eight years now. But I couldn’t figure out anything on here to help me just do zoom or
magnification one-handed. I gotta kinda knock points down. I prefer iOS’s Zoom. Up next was going from Speak
Screen to Select to Speak and I’ll be honest, I
think this is a new feature on Android, I think this
was introduced in 9.0 and as I was starting the week out I updated this phone just to see if there’s any new accessibility and according to Google’s support website it sounded like this feature
was added very recently. So it also works really well. All right, I finally found the article. That probably took 10 minutes too long only because a number of issues. Slight load. We’re finally here, that
only took 12 minutes too much to actually get to this
webpage on an Android device. (sighs) I’m not having it
right now, I’ll be honest. This has been an experience. Anyway, what I’m here to show you though is Select to Speak, which I
was trying to give some credit because I think this is very
well done on Android’s part. Again, you have this little
button here on the bottom row. You tap it on the far
right and then you’re able to select what you want it to read. – [Google Assistant] Legally
Blind Director shot this ad for Tommy Hilfiger’s
accessible clothing line. Humble’s James Rath directed digital ads for Tommy Adaptive–
– You can pause it. You can get to the next section. It’s very much similar
controls to SpeakScreen on iOS but it lets you just kind of,
you wanna do only a paragraph you can select that, so you do have that customization option there. (warm instrumental music)
(sighs with exhaustion) Bravo to the guys over at Google for really creating a good,
kind of a light version of a screen reader. It’s for those who can still see, especially be able to see
the colors and silhouettes of what’s on their screen,
but can’t quite read or make out what it’s saying. I actually really did
enjoy Select to Speak. And I do really like Speak Screen, too. I think it’s fantastic. I really have no issues with it, however Select to Speak
did have a few more options when it came to what I
want exactly to be read. And Speak Screen kinda just
reads anything on your screen. You know, whatever’s currently there, it’s gonna get read aloud. Up next was TalkBack,
and this is the complete, you know, if my eyes just
can’t make anything out, I have too much eye fatigue,
I gotta close my eyes. I gotta rest them,
which does happen daily. It happens multiple times a day. This is great because I can navigate my entire phone totally blind. TalkBack is OK, it works,
it does the job, however, I did find iOS to be a little
bit more user friendly. I found VoiceOver to
just be easier to use. And not that TalkBack’s bad. I think it’s just I’m so used to iOS and iOS’s gestures for VoiceOver. You know, it’s like
learning how to navigate a brand new phone, I
don’t know where things exactly are all the time in Android. And being able to know is so important for when you can’t see anything, right? It’s a lot of muscle memory. Android feels a little bit different. It feels, and not bad different, but I think if you aren’t used to Android, not that TalkBack is bad, it’s
just not what I’m used to. And VoiceOver just kinda has my, it’s kind my blind loyalty. (chuckles) Lastly is support. This is actually kind
of a big thing for me, especially when it comes to accessibility. Apple offers a 24/7 accessibility hotline. And that is so important because any time that I have questions or need help or need a trainer who is
well-versed in accessibility there’s someplace I can
call at any point in the day to get that support. With Android, Google has an email I guess. And email does work for some people, but for me being blind, calling
and talking in the moment is the easiest and best
way to support my needs. There’s also the Apple Store
and the Apple Support app. And there’s just many different ways, and I think Apple
definitely has a ecosystem and product within their whole support, not that support doesn’t
exist for Android. It’s just that it doesn’t
feel as accessible to obtain. Here’s my bottom line,
my very first smartphone happened to be an Android. At the time I was on Verizon and they didn’t support the iPhone. This was back during the iPhone 4 days. But that changed and my experience
with that Android phone, though the phone was nice
in terms of specs and design and display as well, it
didn’t have much to offer in terms of accessibility back then. Things have changed greatly
and I can definitely see blind people using Android. Like, there’s no issue with it. It’s just from what I’ve
used and what features I use that have evolved over the years, and I’ve gotten adjusted to, I
just find the user experience on iOS to make more sense for me and make more sense for what I need. There’s many factors that
go into someone’s choice of a phone and you
shouldn’t ever bash anyone for what they’re using
because what they use makes sense to them whether
that means affordability, accessibility, or just
features, things that they need. It’s a good operating system, it works, but it doesn’t work for me. In short, use what works for you. Let me know in the comments down below what phone do you use and
does that work for you? Are you thinking about switching? Are you thinking about
trying something different? I encourage you to. Even if it doesn’t work out in the end I hope you could see
differently today, I sure did. I’ll hear you next time, bye.
(warm instrumental music)

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