I’m not blind, but vision is not my best ability. I’ve had some very frustrating experiences with my regular cell phone because the screen and the keys are too small. The navigation system in our F150 is also difficult for me to view unless the lighting is just right and I lean really close.
The iPhone has changed that for me. The keypad is virtual, and because the screen is easily three times that of my cell, I can actually read the letters. When checking e-mail or surfing the net, I can also resize the text so that it is comfortable for me to read it. That is a great relief, especially when we are traveling.
I write a lot and I get tons of mail that has to be checked and replied to on a regular basis. Texting doesn’t work well in this sort of situation, so having internet access and the ability to reply makes a big difference.
There are two aps on our iPhone that I use a lot, especially on the road. One of them lets me check real time traffic conditions for the area we’re passing through. Construction, accidents and hazards are listed as well as their locations.
The other is a navigation system very like the one in the truck. We’ve tested it and found that there is a slight lag on the phone, but the routes picked are usually exact duplicates. What’s the advantage to that? As a visually challenged person, having it on the phone means I can make it larger if needs be, but that I can also bring it closer to my eyes.
I wouldn’t call our iPhone a life saver, but I am glad to have it. It’s another tool that helps both me and my husband to easily do a lot of things that used to be quite a struggle.