[BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Andrew Hodgson andrew at hodgsonfamily.org
Tue Jul 11 21:17:51 BST 2017


Hi,

Thanks, so from a tech perspective is it a standard Android phone with buttons, or is there a shell somewhere on the device?

Andrew.

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: 10 July 2017 17:00
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Hi Andrew,

About the same spec as the Wileyfox, if not a little faster, and yes, it has a touch screen.  There are no "special" modes to switch in and out of to use either the touch screen, or the buttons, they are inter-operable.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Andrew Hodgson
Sent: 10 July 2017 15:38
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Hi,

Does the device have a touchscreen on it as well as the buttons?  I realise it is probably a bit early to say yet, but would you rate this phone over something like the Whily Fox given the spead and other specifications?

Thanks.
Andrew.
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From: Bcab [bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] on behalf of Steve Nutt [steve at comproom.co.uk]
Sent: 10 July 2017 14:05
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Hi Jackie,

Firstly, the 16GB is not really a limit, as you can install apps to an SD card if you like.  Once you  have them installed, you can ove them to SD card.

You can also tell apps like Audible to send downloads to the SD card.

So I don't consider this a serious limitation.

As for shelf life, I heard from Kapsys that updating to 7 isn't possible just yet, as they are making sure the new versions of Talkback remain compatible, but I understand it will happen.

I personally think a lot of people will like it for varying reasons, but primarily that the buttons are to hand and the responsiveness is really quite good.

Battery life isn't bad either.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Brown
Sent: 09 July 2017 17:53
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

I am borrowing one for a little while, and I've got to say I quite like it.
This is a Smartphone running Android 6.0, and has three methods of input:
using the numeric keyboard, touchscreen, or voice activation.  This is not a garden walled effect with proprietary software layered over Android.  The phone has been developed for blind and visually impaired people to use, but isn't like Telorion or Georgie in that regard.

While I can use a touchscreen handset without the need to reach for a qwerty keyboard, I have loved going back to text entry mode on this handset.  You can use first letter navigation in the applications menu or in the Play Store.  It has an 8mp camera, 16gb of internal memory with the ability to insert a micro SD card up to 256gb.  It has a USB C connector to charge it, there is a 3.5mm headphone socket, and the battery is replaceable.  Kapsys has their own speech engine using Vocaliser voices, but you can install whatever engine you want from the Play Store, and you can opt to run native TalkBack instead if you prefer it.  I am currently using the male Google TTS but with the Kapsys service, and it's very nifty indeed.

I do have a couple of reservations: one that the storage is only 16gb, and two that I wonder if you will be able to update the Android version to Nougat or even O when it is released later this year.

Those queries aside, I really like it.  It is responsive, customisable and roughly the same size as the iPhone 6.  It is sold by either Computer Room Services or Sight and Sound.  There are two versions, the Premium handset offering OCR, colour detector and Kapten GPS built into it.  The standard version offers you a 15-day trial of these apps that you would need to purchase if you wanted them.

Maybe this gives hope to those who cannot cope or don't want to work with touchscreen handsets.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info Follow me on Twitter:
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