LG Optimus F3 a $30 Android phone for blind, hearing-impaired
At an accessibility conference, LG debuts the Optimus F3, an Android Jelly Bean phone that includes Google’s TalkBack feature.
LG will want to sell the Optimus F3 it announced on Thursday to
everyone, but the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone comes with some
features specifically meant for blind and hearing-impaired users.
Most notably, the phone automatically integrates Google TalkBack
, a text-to-speech accessibility app that you would ordinarily have to download and activate to use.
Students can also download the Accessible Education ID pack using
Sprint ID. It contains Web apps that center heavily on math and target
students who struggle to read print.
For hearing-impaired users, the Optimus F3 color-codes a spectrum of
LED colors and pulse patterns to differentiate among phone calls, text
messages, incoming messages, calendar appointments, and so on.
handset’s other features place it into the middle of the road, with a
4-inch LCD screen, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, and
a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Rest assured that Sprint’s Optimus F3 is
ready and waiting for 4G LTE.
Surprisingly, the phone promises pumped-up battery life on its
2,460mAh ticker; and LG adds its own apps for extra flavor, like the LG
Tag+ feature for sharing content using NFC.
Customers of any type will be lured in by the price, just $29.99
after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service agreement. The
phone goes on sale in silver or purple starting June 14 online, or later
this summer in-store.
The LG Optimus F3 launched at today’s M-enabling conference in Arlington, VA, which also saw the birth of Odin Mobile, a carrier catering to blind phone users, and the Huawei Vision with Project Ray, an OS made specifically for seeing-impaired individuals.