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The ReviewGist pick for the best smartphone for the visually impaired is the Apple iPhone 6S Plus. The Apple iPhone 6S Plus supports the latest iOS operating system which lends itself to a litany of accessibility features that are useful for people with low vision.

Starting with a fingerprint reader which makes it easy to unlock, an inbuilt VoiceOver app which can readout everything on the screen, large 5.5 inch screen with support to increase text size/contrast for improved readability, a text-input system made accessible with audible clues and lastly out-of-the-box support for a wide range of Braille Devices makes the iPhone 6S Plus the best suited for people with impaired vision.

Different versions of the iPhone 6S Plus are supported by most carriers throughout the US, including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, so you can get one no matter which network you are on.

iPhones supporting iOS version 7 and above have most of the features which makes the iPhone 6S the best for the people with low vision, so our listing of the best options for the visually impaired people below includes the all of the latest iPhone versions. We have not included the Apple iPhone SE, which is the latest iPhone model, because it comes with a smaller 4 inch screen and will decrease fidelity when text size is increased. If for some reason you are ok with that limitation though, the Apple iPhone SE is a great budget option for the visually impaired.


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Apple iPhone 6
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Sep 2013
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
4.7 inch
4.7 inch
5.5 inch
4.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
1.2 MP
1.2 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Battery Capacity
2750.0 mAh
1715.0 mAh
1810.0 mAh
2915.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.0.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.0.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Carrier
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, Sprint

  • Just like the original, the iPhone 6S Plus is the big-scale Apple phone for the kind of user who uses two hands and isn't bothered about the weight or space needed to fit one into their pocket. Although most S upgrades bring minor tweaks, the iPhone 6S Plus sees notable advantages from 3D Touch. Whether that's to write on that large screen, or by hard-pressing to interact with iOS 9 in a slicker and quicker fashion than before, it's the S model to buck the annual trend.


  • - Everything great about the iPhone is even greater here, because big screens rule.


  • The iPhone 6S is full of genuinely new and useful features, including the excellent 3D Touch, the powerful A9 chip and a greatly improved camera. Combined with the excellent iOS 9 operating system, the combination adds up to the best high-end smartphone that you can buy if you're already sold on iOS. Anyone running an iPhone 5S or older should upgrade to this phone (or its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6S); if you’ve got an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, however, the reasons to upgrade aren’t quite as compelling, and you might want to wait until the iPhone 7 is released.


  • It's not every day that such a complete and coherent smartphone comes to market. Perhaps more thoroughly than any other time, though, this year's iPhone 6s has become the center of so much technological advancement, that it's able to gain a surprising amount of lead against its counterparts.That is not to say the Apple iPhone 6s is necessarily the best in each and every department; rather, it means there doesn't seem to be an area where it comes off as incompetent.


  • The Apple iPhone 6s is faster than last year's model all around, including better AT&T LTE speeds.

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    The iPhone 6s is of excellent build, made out of a much sturdier aluminum alloy. The extra weight can be felt, but it's certainly not a deal breaker.
    The display on the iPhone 6s is pretty much the same affair we got in the original 6th model. It offers slightly lower brightness, but deeper blacks and the same great contrast. The sunlight legibility is great as well.
    Battery life is above average at 62 hours and matches that of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6S posted well balanced scores across all tests, including standby.


  • The race to the top is always a competitive one, where companies are constantly reinventing their phones in order to keep up the pace. Apple, naturally, doesn’t believe in the specs war – where successive phones employ the beefiest of hardware to earn the acclaim of being the biggest and baddest thing on the block. Oh no, that’s not like Apple at all! Rather, they focus on producing a smartphone that’s not about the specs, but mostly on the performance in how it complements our life.To that end, the iPhone 6 stands true to Apple’s philosophy of simplicity and ease.


  • The Apple iPhone 6 is the right sized iPhone for right now, and it includes a bunch of AT&T technologies which will improve calls and data over the next year.


  • Apple has leapt forward with the iPhone 6 - one of the best phones it's ever created.


  • - Thankfully our callers have an easy time on their end making us out.
    - Don’t get us wrong, it’s a fantastic phone that earns high marks in a variety of categories – its design being the most notable, one that’s a cut above other phablets.
    - It’s decent for phone calls, especially using the earpiece in noisy settings, but its speakerphone is a little subdued.
    - Its battery life is longer than the iPhone 6, but it’s underwhelming when pitted against some other notable flagship phones.


  • The iPhone 6 Plus is a extremely large iPhone, if you're into that sort of thing. It's an excellent device, but the right-sized iPhone 6 makes more sense for more people.


  • The iPhone 6 Plus is the best looking phablet around. Its specs don't match the Android power houses and it can be tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful (yet expensive) 5.5 incher is a winner.


  • Obviously, it's not the most mouthwatering inducing iPhone we've seen to date, but considering that it hits the mark in the categories that matter the most, the iPhone 5s proves itself as being a feared competitor in the space. Like we said, there's nothing in the specs or hardware department that would terrify its rivals, but the updated iOS 7 experience is enough to make this iPhone look and feel different from past ones.


  • - After a few weeks of use I had a bit of an issue with call quality – essentially my voice appeared distant to the person on the other end.
    - I really enjoy holding it for long periods of time and have reverted back to reading books on my phone, something I haven’t done since using my diddy-screened iPhone 4 two years ago.
    - On the flip side the 5S’s camera works well in lower-lit conditions.
    - Fantastic slow shots of my nephews and nieces jumping on a trampoline made me view it in a new light.


  • The iPhone 5S fulfils the pre-determined destiny of all Apple "S" devices - it's the one that's normally met by the baying crowd as "meh". . At the start of this review someone asked what we though of the iPhone 5S in two words and we replied "same as". But the more we've played with it, the more we've used it, and the more it's clear that Apple has made vast improvements here, even if we are yet to see the full realisation of those improvements. In many ways Apple has released a phone for tomorrow rather than today.


Choosing the Best Phone for people with Low Vision

For the visually impaired, the best cellphones have tactile keypads, advanced personal assistants and screen reading software to make them more accessible and usable. Additionally, mobile phone manufacturers are releasing more applications that enable the blind to use cell phones more easily. Most applications designed to make cellphones more accessible for the blind are relatively similar in the way they function and the features they offer. Nevertheless, there are several noteworthy apps available.

With newer iPhones, Apple ships the Voiceover application that produces voice prompts whenever the user touches the screen. The application informs the user of the icon, link or menu option upon which his finger is touching on the screen. This simple approach helps blind or limited-sight users navigate an iPhone screen or window with audible voice prompts. Additionally, Apple provides the personal assistant application, Siri, on its iPhones to offer voice searches and spoken guides or directions to users. The voice search and reader functions in Siri are invaluable in making iPhones usable and accessible for blind users.

While Apple has introduced several blind-user-friendly features in their iPhones, they are not alone. For Android users, Google Now performs many of the same tasks as Apple's Voiceover and Siri apps. Other assistant and reader applications used on mobile phones include Mobile Speak and Talks. The good thing about Mobile and Talk is they are usable on many compatible model phones and not tied to a specific manufacturer or operating system. Other accessibility options include apps that convert text messages into audible messages, and vice versa, so blind users can take advantage of the benefits of SMS technology.

BlackBerry, Motorola and other manufacturers produce phones with QWERTY keypads. QWERTY keypads use a layout similar to standard computer keyboards and are a great option for people who're unable to see. Since the key layout is identical to a keyboard, blind people with basic typing skills are able to use a phone to type emails, send text messages or to chat. One downside with QWERTY keypads, though, is that they are generally harder to use with one hand or when in a hurry.

For a blind user, QWERTY models are not the only keypad options. Nevertheless, limited-sight or blind users should seek out a phone with sufficiently large and evenly spaced keys that enable individual sensing. Another option blind users should consider is an external Braille keyboard that connects to a phone and provides a tactile interface to enhance readability.

Aside from the applications and features mentioned above, there are phone enhancements that cater to people with failing eyesight. Features such as colorful keypads with buttons that light up, large high-contrast screens and themes or color schemes designed to improve contrast and readability can all help limited-sight people use their cellphones more easily. Many modern also include a "Large Font" feature that lets the user select large-scale fonts for reading and typing. There are even phones with keypads that emit sound when the user pushes a button - the tone produces differing from key to key.

If that's not enough, the best cellphones for the blind also offer voice-dialing features that recognize entries in the phone book and places a call to the person when the user says the name of the contact. Finally, some high-end phones also include voice-guided GPS, which enables users to find their way around in metropolitan areas with only audible instructions and prompts.