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Which smartphone keyboard to choose: Hable One vs Rivo?

In the age of technology, there are many assistive devices out there making phones and computers more accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. In the search of the best braille keyboard you might have seen many brands, Hable One and Rivo among them. But how exactly do they differ? In this blog, we are gonna give you a comparison of the two.

Hable One 

Hable One

Hable One is a braille keyboard with six white, vertically positioned braille keys (dot 1 to dot 6), with a large black key (dot 7 and dot 8) on each side, which serves as a space bar and for some extra functions. The Hable One can be used with both an Android smartphone and an iPhone and does not require an app. 

The gadget is held vertically between your thumbs and little fingers, with the power button on top and the Braille keys facing away from you, allowing your index, middle, and ring fingers free to type text on the six Braille keys. You'll never have to worry about the smartphone slipping out of your hands thanks to the wrist strap.

The main focus of Hable One is on typing and text editing, thus, the primary feature of the device is the ability to type text using six tactile braille keys. You may input text using the braille keyboard as soon as a text cursor displays anywhere in your app. Hable One allows people who are blind or visually impaired to type much faster and make way fewer mistakes than when using VoiceOver or TalkBack. In addition to that, if mistakes are made, they are also more efficient to fix with the help of the device.

But the Hable One's capabilities aren't limited to text entry. You may also use the device to operate your iPhone or Android phone using VoiceOver or TalkBack. It allows you full control of your phone without even getting it out of the pocket – all you would need is a set of headphones. Even though it might seem like Hable One has a lot of shortcuts at first, they are actually very intuitive and a lot of them mirror each other (for instance, by holding key 7 and pressing 8 you can move to the next item and if you hold 8 and press 7 – you’ll move to the previous item). 



Rivo keyboard

The Rivo keyboard looks quite different from the Hable One. The device offers four rows of five keys each. They are arranged as follows: the four leftmost keys are the L-keys, the four rightmost keys are the R-keys and in between is a classic telephone keypad with ten number keys, a * key, and a # key. 

To the left of the keyboard is a microphone and to the right is the speaker – this is another big difference from Hable One which does not have a speaker integrated. You can have the voice messages from VoiceOver, TalkBack, or Voice Assistant played through the speaker of the Rivo so that the smartphone can stay in your pocket.

Unlike Hable One, Rivo’s primary focus is on phone navigation rather than text input. Before you get started, however, there are quite a bit of settings to go through on your phone in order to make the Rivo keyboard work properly. 

Just like Hable One, Rivo has a lot of shortcuts to assist you in operating your phone. However, Rivo’s combinations are reported to be more complicated and quite counterintuitive in a lot of cases.

Though less prioritized, typing is also possible with the help of Rivo. If your iPhone's keyboard is set to azerty, you must first set the Rivo keyboard to azerty mode as well in order for it to function properly during text input. Typing principle is similar to the T9 method (like on the old phones with buttons), however, letters on Rivo are arranged differently from that and you would need to use the manual at first to get used to letters’ location. 



While both keyboards were created with similar goals in mind, Hable One is more intuitive and facilitates quicker adaptation to the new device. If you are willing to spend a bit longer reading through the manuals and learning key combinations though, Rivo could also be your device to try.

Thursday, 16 December 2021