February 28, 2023
Onno works full-time as a technologist at Waternet. He and his colleagues are responsible for drinking water quality in Amsterdam. In addition to this full-time job, he obtained his PhD in 2021 and is currently a visiting professor in London. Onno has an iPhone 13 Pro, but he would rather have an Android, or a Fairphone because of sustainability.
I try everything that is possible in terms of accessibility settings on my mobile.
For example, I adjust the light intensity: during the day it is at its brightest.
I also made the letters bigger. Not on the largest setting, because otherwise I miss the overview. So I set the font size in such a way that I can just read texts and still keep an overview.
On my iPhone I adjusted the contrast. I don't use that very big contrast with primary colors. I think that's really ugly. Aesthetics are sometimes hard to find in accessibility settings. I think a greater contrast could also be made tastefully. Moreover: apps that offer little contrast with important information, I do not use.
As a visually impaired person, I also find zooming in on apps very pleasant, but not all apps offer that functionality.
VoiceOver and letting my phone read messages out isn’t intelligent enough, I think: it often just doesn't work well. If it really worked well, I'd find it useful.
How many hours a day I use my phone? How many hours do you use your eyes?
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