[BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Jackie Brown jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 09:17:47 BST 2017


Hi Steve

Agreed, but my point is that Android itself hasn't been tampered with to get
it to work, Kapsys has just modified TalkBack to work with a numeric
keyboard, as you say.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: 12 July 2017 09:13
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Hi Jackie,

As I say, not quite true, Talkback has been modified, but it had to be to
work with the keyboard.  You can use regular Talkback too, but then the
buttons don't work.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Brown
Sent: 12 July 2017 08:51
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

Hi Andrew

It is completely Android.  It seems to me that Kapsys have taken all the
benefits of the old Talks software and put this into a handset with keyboard
and all its shortcuts we used to like.  There is no proprietary software
layered over Android.  Kapsys have added a couple of their own apps such as
Book Reader, OCR, and Kapten GPS, but that's as far as it goes.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info Follow me on Twitter:
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Andrew
Hodgson
Sent: 11 July 2017 21:18
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kapsys SmartVision 2 Premium: first impressions

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.

-----Original Message-----
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
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
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:
@thebrownsplace Skype name: thejackmate




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