Accessibility features and mobile devices

Information on accessibility features and which mobile devices have those features.

Overview

Many mobile phones come with built-in features that can improve access and usability. To see which features a mobile phone supports, select the phone model below then expand the Specifications section.

Visual accessibility features

Features and descriptions that may be helpful in deciding what mobile phone or smartphone to choose based on visual accessibility needs.

Feature Description
Braille device (external braille display) support The phone's features and settings can be accessed by an external braille display connected to the phone.
Magnifier (system wide) All the content of the phone's display can be magnified to improve visibility.
Display: Adjustable display settings (i.e. brightness, contrast, invert colour)Ability to change visual display settings through changing brightness, contrast, invert colours like white on black to black on white.
Display: Adjustable font size The font sizes of text based messaging can be adjusted to be more visible.
Display: Large screen size The size of the main display.
Keypad: tactile markers on keypad There are raised tactile markers on designated keys to help orient your fingers on the keypad.
Keypad: Tactile or audible feedback Audible or tactile feedback is presented to user to confirm when a button has been selected.
Voice recognition Allows the user to use voice commands for accessing features on the phone such as dialing, send messages, search for information, schedule meetings.
Speech-to-Text Allows user to talk where you would normally type.
Screen Reader built-in Reads out what is currently displayed on screen.

Visual accessibility phones

Phones with at least half or more of these features include:

Mobility accessibility features

Features and descriptions that may be helpful in deciding what mobile phone or smartphone to choose based on mobility accessibility needs.

Feature Description
Alternate input device (external switch) support Allows user to control all aspects of their wireless handset user interface with an alternate input device such as one that might control an electric wheelchair.
Auto key answer Can be set to answer all calls automatically.
Bluetooth headset compatible Phone will work with a Bluetooth device.
Durability – rugged design Device can withstand drops.
External keyboard support The phone's features, settings and text based messaging can be accessed by an external keyboard.
External mouse support An external connected mouse can be used in place of touch.
Stylus pen support You can use the phone with a stylus or pointing device to operate the phone's touch screen and buttons.
Screen Reader built-in Reads out what is currently displayed on screen.
Candy Bar Shape Shape of physical mobile phone.
Full 123 dial pad The phone has a physical number pad with 3-column by 4-row layout.
Keypad shortcuts Ability to create abbreviated words for common words or phrases.
USB on-the-go, HID profile Provides support for the connection of a wide variety of input devices such as mice, keyboards, joysticks or Bluetooth Braille display

Mobility accessibility phones

Phones with at least half or more of these features include:

Cognitive accessibility features

Features and descriptions that may be helpful in deciding what mobile phone or smartphone to choose based on visual and/or cognitive accessibility needs.

Feature Description
Choice of call alerts Visual or volume-controlled alerts to notify user when device is ringing.
Keypad: Tactile or audible feedback Audible or tactile feedback is presented to user to confirm when a button has been selected.
Photo contact list Ability to associate photos with telephone number for easy recognition of contacts.
Keypad: Full QWERTY keyboard The phone has a physical keyboard with the same layout as a personal computer.
Screen Reader built-in Reads out what is currently displayed on screen.
Full 123 dial pad The phone has a physical number pad with 3-column by 4-row layout.
Easy to use The phone is simple to use and has keys and a display that are easy to see.
Keypad shortcuts Ability to create abbreviated words for common words or phrases.

Cognitive accessibility phones

Phones with at least half or more of these features include:

Hearing/speech accessibility features

Features and descriptions that may be helpful in deciding what mobile phone or smartphone to choose based on hearing and/or speech accessibility needs.

Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) support Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) software lets you send text, email, and other messages.Note: Phones may contain features and apps that are not usable with AAC.
Teletypewriter (TTY) support Supports connection to a cellular-compatible TTY with an audio jack connection that will connect to a mobile phone.
Visual call alerts A visual cue alerts the user that their device is ringing or a message is incoming.
M4/T4 hearing aid compatibility (HAC) Hearing aid compatible (HAC) (HAC M-rating (3 or 4), HAC T-rating (3 or 4) mobile phones will work with hearing aids that support the telephone switch feature, known as the T-switch which is built into the hearing aid. HAC phones are measured through an M# and T#. The M# represents how well the mobile phone works with a hearing aid in microphone mode. The T# represents how the mobile phone works in T-Coil mode. Mobile phones that are HAC compatible meet a minimum standard of M3/T3 rating.
Video calling/messaging Allows for two-way audio and visual communication

Hearing accessibility phones

Phones with at least half or more of these features include:

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