In recent times, it has become increasingly important that people stay connected. However, for the blind and visually impaired, this can be tough. It can be hard to find a smartphone/tablet solution that is just right for you. At Taira Technology, we take the hassle out of searching endlessly for your perfect solution. With our years of specialist experience, we can supply the best product for you based on your needs. We currently offer simple, button based talking mobile phones (Nokia devices), or touchscreen devices with talking software (Android and iOS devices). We can also provide training for each of these devices (learn more about our training services here).

Nokia devices

For many years, Nokia were one of the largest manufacturers of mobile phones. Although Nokia’s button based mobile phones are no longer being manufactured, we can still supply them. All the phones that we supply come with screen reader software installed. This software can read out everything to the user, from options and menus, to text messages and phone numbers. These phones are still very popular. They provide a reliable long lasting solution for visually impaired people. At Taira Technology, we sell various Nokia mobile phones with talking software.

What software can you supply on Nokia phones?

Nokia screen reader is a basic talking software package that is freely available for compatible Nokia devices. The program can read out all of the phones functions and is an excellent solution for most people.

Nuance Talks and Mobile Speak, which are also available, are more advanced talking software packages that allow for much more customisation. You can customise many advanced settings such as the type of voice you would like, the way items are read to you and the text magnification level.

Who are the Nokia devices intended for?

Nokia phones are intended for users who want a physical, button based, talking mobile phone that is simple and easy to use. There is no need to learn any complex menus, gestures or sequences (unlike touchscreen devices).

We also supply a quick start guide (in audio, large print and other formats).

iOS devices

iOS is the mobile operating system that runs on Apple’s mobile devices (i.e. iPhones and iPads). Apple devices running iOS have the ability to run VoiceOver. VoiceOver reads everything on screen and allows you to interact with your iPhone or iPad using a series of touch commands. There are also options that allow people with visual impairments to enlarge text, or use the iPhone via a keyboard or Braille display.

Do you offer any accessories to make the touch screen easier to use?

For many blind and visually impaired people, finding where things are on screen can be difficult. SpeedDots aim to help resolve this issue. SpeedDots is a screen protector that goes over the iPhones touchscreen. When applied to the touch screen, key areas of the touch screen such as the back and OK buttons, keyboard, and telephone keypad are marked using raised, tactile dots.

Who is iOS intended for?

In our experience, we have found that Apple devices, compared to Android devices, are better for those people who are totally blind. The iPhone has a much more consistent layout and the position of items on screen rarely changes (unlike Android, where the layout can change from app to app). We can supply various Apple devices, complete with quick start guides.

Android devices

Android is a smartphone operating system developed by Google. It is used by a variety of manufacturers. TalkBack is the Google screen reader included on Android devices. TalkBack gives you spoken feedback, enabling you to use your device fully as a visually impaired person. You can also enable magnification to enlarge text on the screen and change the phone’s colour scheme. These features are built in to most modern Android devices.

Who is Android intended for?

Android is aimed at individuals who want to start using a touchscreen smartphone or tablet but are on a budget. It can be a fantastic platform to start with, with many third party applications being freely available.

Our technicians can connect remotely to your device (with your permission) and view your screen for training and technical support. This saves you sending the phone into us, or us coming out to you. Using this function, we can train you on how to use TalkBack and help you to set up your device in the comfort of your own home.

Unsure which option to go with?

We totally understand if you are feeling confused and not sure which option to go with. Don’t worry, with our years of experience, we will do our utmost to find the best solution for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.