When browsing the market for phones that are specifically designed for visually impaired people, you may feel as though your options are quite limited. From landlines with large contrasting buttons to mobile phones with braille letter keypads, often the main aim of these phones is to enable you to connect you with family and friends. Of course, it goes without saying that it is essential, but these days, a mobile phone especially should be so much more than just a communication device.
Just because you’re specifically searching for a mobile phone for someone who is visually impaired doesn’t mean that you should have to compromise on all of the amazing features that the vast majority of smartphones offer these days. For this reason, it was important to us that In Your Pocket could provide users with everything they wanted in terms of additional extras, such as entertainment, too. We have written previously about using the RNIB Library on In Your Pocket, but below we will look more specifically into reading a newspaper with this device.
Reading a newspaper yourself
Whilst nowadays the majority of newspapers are available online and many will choose to read a digital print, some people still prefer to flick through the pages of local newspapers themselves. If this is something you used to/still do enjoy doing, just because you’re visually impaired doesn’t mean you’re unable to continue doing so independently.
The In Your Pocket device has an inbuilt video magnifier which will instantly enlarge the small print from your newspaper onto the mobile phone. You can then easily read the articles you’re interested in without needing to purchase a separate, usually expensive, magnifying device. All you need to do is ask the device to access the magnifier and it will automatically open this application for you to use. It couldn’t be more straightforward for you to read a newspaper.
Listening to a talking newspaper
If you would prefer to listen to a newspaper whilst you’re out and about or if you have very limited vision and a magnifier isn’t helpful to you, then you can use the In Your Pocket device to access talking newspapers instead. Simply pop your headphones in and you can find out all about what’s happening in the world.
Similarly to how you listen to talking books on the In Your Pocket device, all you have to do is ask it to read you your newspaper of choice and it will do so. At no extra cost to you, you will have access to hundreds of British newspapers, and magazines too, so it is actually a very economical way for you to read a newspaper. Instead of requiring a screen reader, In Your Pocket will simply play the newspaper that you’re interested in, it is so easy.
All talking newspapers are professionally recorded by volunteers or with high-quality synthetic voices, so you will always be able to clearly understand what is being read to you. You can also search for articles or jump to a particular section of the paper that you love to read. It is worthwhile pointing out that the In Your Pocket device is compatible with hearing aids too, so you won’t need to worry at all in this regard when listening to talking newspapers.
Using the In Your Pocket device
All in all, unlike other mobile phones for the visually impaired, the In Your Pocket device will help you to stay up to date with all of the latest events. It has never been easier to ensure that you don’t miss any important news and no matter whether you want to read or listen to your favourite newspapers, this smart device will make it possible for you to do so. It is fair to say that In Your Pocket is an all-round phone for people with sight loss.
To find out more about this mobile phone for the visually impaired and how else it can benefit your day-to-day life, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. A member of our friendly team will happily take the time to assist you further. As the UK’s first fully voice-activated smartphone, media player and personal assistant for people with sight loss, you can trust the In Your Pocket device will be a brilliant investment.