Smartphone For The Elderly: Buying Advice

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Today’s smartphones offer us with features than are different from the old phones, but they can be complex to use and lot of its features can be a disturbance. You might just want to use the phone for calling and texting. It becomes difficult if you are senior citizen and want to do away with certain features. Here is a guide when you buying a phone for a senior citizen.

The difficult part is simple phone with modest features are difficult to find as the market is flooded with smartphones. So buying a smartphone is the only way to go.

Here are few things while buying a smartphone. It is always good to test the phone so you can the hardware and the operating system interface.

No-fussy interface

With the functions and features the smartphone offers, they are very complicated. Go for a phone that is easy to use and has a simple navigation. Remember that it will used mostly for making calls, sending emails and texting. Ask questions to the salesperson, if he finds it difficult to explain key features, avoid buying the phone.

Ensure you spend some time using the touch screen keyboard. Most phones have the feature where pressing a key makes the alphabet or number bigger. This is a great feature. But very few phones offer this.

BlackBerry comes with a physical keyboard, but the keys are too small making it difficult to type.

Big screen

As you grow older you eyesight diminishes to a great extent. Plus the senior citizens love to have a look photos of their kids and grandkids. So buying a phone which has a big screen is very vital. Also while dialling numbers and receiving calls, a bigger screen makes it easy for the senior citizens to read the names and numbers being displayed.

Light weight phones

Due to so many functions and features, the smartphone comes with a powerful processor powered by a big battery. Plus it has a big screen which makes the phone bulky. Go for phones that way around 100 gms, anything more than that will make the phone difficult to carry.

Special phones

There are specially design phones from manufacturers such as ITTM, who design phones that are lightweight and larger buttons. Also there are phones design for the physically disabled, designed by Fujitsu. They are not yet available anywhere in the world except for Japan.

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by techtalks @TechTalks December 17, 2015 8:38 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi