What smartphones are elderly-friendly?
New technologies are released at lightning speeds, meaning it can be difficult to keep up and know which phone is best for you. If you’ve struggled with finding the best match for your needs here’s four recommended smartphones for seniors.
The key to investing in the right smartphone begins by identifying which features and specifications you need. Look for a simple interface with a large screen, with accessibility options to customise the size of type on the screen. Some smartphones offer voice control and emergency buttons which can help further personalise your phone to your specific needs.
It may also be handy to invest in a phone manufacturer that your family and friends are familiar with as they will be able to help you out whenever you feel lost.
#1 Doro 8030
Average price to buy: £170
The Doro 8030’s ergonomic design and visual interface makes tasks simple and easy, so you know you’ll be investing in a reliable experience. Doro have produced a smart phone that adapts modern technology so the user can feel more secure and stay closer to their loved ones.
Features include GPS, HAC (hearing aid compatible), assistance button, emails and a 5-megapixel camera making it one of the most natural and understandable smartphone devices around.
Average price to buy: £80
The Microsoft Lumia 550 is a great smartphone to start a smartphone experience with. The smooth interface and long-lasting battery means you won’t have any trouble navigating your way around its applications. There are lots of accessible features available so you can customise your phone to suit you. Including increase the contrast, increasing the font size, magnifying the screen, as well as voice activating the digital assistant which can carry out basic tasks for you.
This smartphone also uses Windows 10 so it operates exactly how Windows 10 OS does on a computer or laptop. If you are already using Windows 10, you may hardly notice the transition as it will already be a familiar experience to you.
Average price to buy: £199
Some Samsung phones are top of the range and offer a top-notch smartphone experience, meaning multiple applications can run at once leaving room for tasks to get very busy and overwhelming. But the Samsung J3 has been designed to comfortably sit in your hand with a 5-inch HD display screen and a front and rear camera, meaning you can easily speak to your friends and family whenever you need to.
You can also switch your device to Easy Mode which configures your home screen to an easier and simpler experience. The clear layout and bigger icons make the experience ideal for anyone who is using a smartphone for the first time. To learn how to switch to Easy Mode on a Samsung Galaxy device, read this step by step tutorial.
Average price to buy: £349
Although this smartphone is the most expensive out of this list, the iPhone SE’s sturdy build and easy to navigate interface means it is a great device for anyone who is just starting out with a smartphone. The digital voice assistant, Siri, can be set up to operate standard tasks throughout the day, like organising your calendar or notifying you about reminders.
Apple also have an extensive list of accessibility options so you can customise your iPhone based on text size, subtitles, altered colours and AssistiveTouch, features that simplify the device so it is easier to use.
If you have any other Apple products, such as an iMac, iPod, iPad or MacBook you will be able to sync up all of your files, photos and contacts so that they are all in one place.
Smartphones are a great way of keeping in contact with your friends and family at the touch of a button, wherever you may be. They can also help you keep track of your day, so you can concentrate on the fun and exciting plans, you just need to find the right device for you!