Both Apple and Android smartphones have built-in accessibility for larger, bolder text, magnification or speech. How you use the accessibility settings is different between Apple and Android and each have limitations. The accessibility settings are not usually turned on by default, so you may need help in adjusting the settings first.
Smartphones use a touch screen. This means there are only a few physical buttons on the phone such as power, volume up and down and sometimes a home button that takes you back to the first screen. Therefore, to get the phone to do something, such as making a phone call, sending a text, or something more advanced such as looking up bus timetables from the internet, then you tap or flick across the touch screen. The screen will display information such as your phone book and you flick upwards to scroll through the phone book or you could tap on a person’s name to display their number.
Smartphones are available in various sizes described as a screen size, usually measured in inches diagonally corner to corner. Typically smartphones range from 4-7 inches in screen size.
An app is a programme on a smartphone that allows you to do a certain task. Smartphones come with certain apps already installed on them, such as a calendar to add appointments, reminders, notes and an email app. You can also easily download apps for other tasks, such as playing music, reading news or books, watching TV, or booking taxis.
Another key element of a smartphone is how you type on them. Since most smartphones have a large touch screen with few physical buttons, they display a keyboard on the screen when you type a text message.
Most smartphones also come with a voiceover phone function or virtual assistant. This is a feature where you can talk to and ask questions or command your phone to do something such as send an email or text message. On Apple phones, this is called “Siri” and on Android phones, this is called “Google Assistant”.