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Topic # 100024 1-Apr-2012 19:32 Send private message

There are a number of reasons for this.

1) Most of my family have them and being able to find them view iPhone finder, will be very useful.
2) iPhones seem to be better constructed and supported by Apple for longer.
3) Android just seems to be too "techie/geeky", if you know what I mean.

However, the problem is my ideal iPhone does not exist yet.  While the 4S is great and all, the screen is just a little small for my failing eyesight.  I cannot read the text under the icons without my reading glasses on.  So I am hoping that the next iPhone will be just a little bit bigger, but not too much.

NOTE: If you can have a larger font for the text under the icons my problem would be solved.

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  Reply # 603435 1-Apr-2012 19:40 Send private message

Have you considered Windows Phone? Nokia Lumia 800 is a great hardware and the Windows Phone OS is very fast and easy to operate. Has 3.7" screen compared to 3.5" on the iPhone. Comes with free offline voice guided GPS navigation for 95 countries and you can use multi platform app like echoecho on Windows Phone which is also on iPhone and Android to locate members.




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  Reply # 603450 1-Apr-2012 19:53 Send private message

My personal opinion is that it's highly unlikely that an iPhone or iPad with a different display size will be released because it would fragment the platform too much.

iOS does have accessibility options in the settings to aid vision and hearing impaired users, so you may want to look into the details of that and see if it would be helpful to you.

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  Reply # 603474 1-Apr-2012 20:47 Send private message

alasta: My personal opinion is that it's highly unlikely that an iPhone or iPad with a different display size will be released because it would fragment the platform too much.

iOS does have accessibility options in the settings to aid vision and hearing impaired users, so you may want to look into the details of that and see if it would be helpful to you.


I disagree Alasta, with respect.

iOS has 2 screen sizes, 3.5 and 9.7. It also has various resolutions, 3.5, 3.5 retina, 9.7, 9.7 Retina. Multiply that by the iterations as these have apps/capability differences, as in 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 1, New iPad. Adding one more, I expect a 4.2 to 4.6 that won't add terribly much of an issue. That Apple control the hardware does make it a lot easier
 



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  Reply # 603497 1-Apr-2012 21:29 Send private message

RE: Windows Phone.

Fails on point 1. Family does not have them
Previous versions of Windows handheld devices are supported for a year, before the manufacturer drops support, by not releasing further OS updates. I suspect it will be the same with this generation. I am after longevity of OS support of hardware. Same reasons why I won't consider Android. I am not keen on ROM-hacking, that many enthusiasts do.

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  Reply # 603562 2-Apr-2012 08:07 Send private message

My personal 4s is way more stable than mg work droid. Windows phone looks pretty cool though so would trial if I could.

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  Reply # 603578 2-Apr-2012 08:44 Send private message

Like you we went iPhone because it integrates with everything else we already have. Things like imessage and facetime are great, and I personally use and like iTunes. So everything just 'fits' together nicely. As mentioned there are some ways to increase font size but I have not seen anything for the text under the icons, but surely the icons themselves are self explanatory? I don't think I actually 'read' the words underneath...just look for the icon representing what I want to launch.

Is there such a thing as a perfect phone?







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  Reply # 603785 2-Apr-2012 13:14 Send private message

If you go into settings - accessibility - zoom and turn that on, then everything will enlarge and you canmore around the screen with a three finger swipe. You will not see the whole screen but it can work quite well if you need things enlarged. 

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  Reply # 603792 2-Apr-2012 13:19 Send private message

About the only way to really customise an iDevice is to jailbreak it, then you can use one of the Springboard alternatives to get bigger icons etc. Apple seem to dissuade user customisation, presumably as it'd lead to more complicated support scenario's.

Jailbreaking is pretty trivial unless you happen to get the latest model with the latest firmware out of the box and lets you do all sorts of interesting things.

Of course, it also will cause major warranty issues should you have hardware problems...

If Apple were to release a newer model with a larger screen, you'll be waiting until fairly late in the year I'd imagine.






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  Reply # 604093 2-Apr-2012 19:24 Send private message

I can wait until the end of the year ... there is no rush.

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  Reply # 604098 2-Apr-2012 19:43 Send private message

Want to locate them cross platform?

Problem solved..

they can install this (which is on droid by default) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-latitude/id306586497?mt=8

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