Seniors are always fascinated by looking at teens using the latest smartphones and taking selfies. Unlike the current generation, elderly people have lived a simple life and it is hard for them to get used to an iPhone or Android phone. Nokia phones are the most popular amongst the seniors but other companies have now developed phones specifically for their needs and cater the untapped market.
Today, we will look at the 5 best phones for the elderly:
1. Nokia 105
Nokia 105 is a very popular phone amongst the elderly because of its simple design and long battery time. It comes with a legacy keypad featuring a big font making it easier for the elderly to see the numbers. Nokia 105 comes with a dust and splash-proof keypad ideal for seniors who forget to put their phone aside while relaxing next to the pool. Its long battery life which lasts for days with average use or a month on standby is perfect for grandparents who forget to charge their phone 9 times out of 10. Affordability is another major advantage of Nokia 105 because most seniors rely on unemployment benefits and do not have much to spend on the phone, so a phone without a data plan is an ideal choice for them.
|Display||TFT, 65K colors – 1.45 inches (~14.1% screen-to-body ratio) – 128 x 128 pixels (~125 ppi pixel density)|
|107 x 44.8 x 14.3 mm, 64 cc (4.21 x 1.76 x 0.56 in) / 70 g|
|Memory||500 contacts – 8 MB|
|Features||FM Radio, SMS, Games, Java, Digital Clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Expense manager, Alarm clock, Phonebook, Speaking clock, Flashlight|
|Battery||Li-Ion 800 mAh battery (BL-5CB) –
2. Emporia Euphoria
Emporia designs phones specifically for the elderly and Euphoria is one of the many phones by the company. It has to be one of the 5 best phones for the elderly because it comes with a high contrast screen outputting crystal clear text making it easier to read. Secondly, Emporia Euphoria features a large keypad with big keys reducing the possibility of accidental presses which is common in seniors with unstable hands. The phone also comes with a 2 MP camera in case the consumer needs to snap some pictures. Seniors do no bother with picture quality so a 2 MP camera in a budget phone is an added advantage. In case of emergencies, Emporia also includes an emergency call button on Euphoria providing extra level of safety to the seniors.
|Display||5.84 cm (2.3 “), TFT,
|Dimension and weight||width: 59 mm, depth: 12.5 mm, height: 120 mm, weight: 90 g|
|Battery||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) 1000 mAH|
|Storage||MicroSD (TransFlash), max memory card size: 8GB|
|Features||FM Radio, Polyphonic, Emporiaemergency call function (up to five contacts can be called consecutively)|
3. Jitterbug Plus
When talking about the best phones you cannot leave Samsung out. Jitterbug Plus is a flip phone designed by the Korean giant specifically for seniors. Flip phones might be outdated for us but seniors still feel cool while holding one. Jitterbug Plus is a sturdy phone with convenience written all over it. It features a backlit keypad and large keys allowing seniors to dial a number or write a text with ease. Samsung has made it simple by adding ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ buttons on the keypad which can be used for the required command. This feature eliminates the confusion that many seniors face when looking for something on the phone or finding a contact. Lastly, the best feature on the phone is the GreatCall service that helps do everything for you. All you have to do is dial ‘0’ and press ‘Yes’, the operators will help you connect to any phone number in the US or Canada, update or manage your phonebook or typically do anything for which seniors require their grandchildren’s assistance.
|Display (main display resolution, size, and technology)||
|External display resolution, size, and technology||
|Modes||CDMA 850 / 1900|
|Dimension and weight||3.86″ x 2.01″ x 0.77″ (98 x 51 x 19.6 mm) / 3.76 oz (107 g)
|Battery||Talk: 3.1 hours max. (186 minutes)
Standby: 600 hours max. (25 days) Lithium-ion, Removable
|Memory||1 GB internal storage, raw hardware
512 MB RAM
|Features||A-GPS, Vibrate, Bluetooth, SMS, MMS, Phone Book; Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC), MT/T4, GreatCall|
4. Just5 CP10S
This is my personal favorite and demands a feature in the 5 best phones for the elderly. Just5 CP10S is a simple phone with a colorful keypad. Users can choose between many color options but the multi-color layout of the keypad is the most eye-catching. The keypad has large keys with extra-large font reminding us of the old days. The phone’s relatively small screen is covered by big icons and text making it easier for the seniors to read and navigate. CP10S features a FM Radio and flashlight, the latter can be used even if the phone’s battery is dead which is nice. At the back, Just5 has included a SuperButton which sends a text or calls 5 user defined contacts in case of emergencies. Other features include, Jet lag which automatically changes the time in the phone according to your location and just trip feature helps you remember your trip route through reminders and hints.
|Display||Screen type: color, 65.54 thousand colors;
Diagonal: 1.77 inch;
Image size: 160×128;
The number of pixels per inch (PPI): 116;
|Dimension and weight||(WxHxT): 52.5×112.4×17.5 mm / 115 g|
|plain SIM, GSM 900 / 1800|
|Battery||Battery type: Li-Ion;
Battery capacity: 1000 mAh;
Talk time: 8 h;
Standby time: 250 h;
|Polyphony, FM-radio / built-in antenna for radio|
|Other functions||Loud speaker (internal speaker): yes;
Flight mode: yes;
|Features||SuperButton, Alarm clock / Calculator|
5. Maxcom MM461
The last phone in our 5 best phones for the elderly is Maxcom’s MM461. It’s a small rugged phone with a 1.8” color display and big backlit keypad. The simple menu and large font makes it convenient to navigate and see the on-screen text. Seniors with hearing problems should definitely look at MM461 because of its extra loud speaker so you don’t miss any calls. The phone also features a flashlight and FM radio providing some entertainment to the seniors. Maxcom also includes a SOS button in case of emergencies which is a must have feature in phones for seniors and almost all the phones have it. The battery might be a little a disappointing but other features do make MM461 a good choice.
|Display||Color / TFT
128 x 160 px (1.80″) 114 ppi
|Dimension and weight||106,00 x 53,00 x 15,00 mm (W x H x D) / 91 grams|
|microSD, microSDHC (up to 32 GB)|
|Phonebook memory||300 places|
Concluding the 5 best phones for the elderly we would like to make some recommendations. The best choice would be Nokia 105 because not only it works all around the globe (American version C1-01), also it has the best battery time and a simple design. It is one of the most popular phones for seniors and has won numerous awards for its simplicity and functionality. Secondly, Samsung’s Jitterbug Plus is another standout because of its GreatCall feature which is only available in US and Canada but it does indicate that the company went an extra mile to accommodate the seniors. Last recommendation will be Just5 CP10S because of its unique keypad and the ability to use the flashlight even when the battery’s dead. CP10S’s other features such as SuperButton and jet lag offers convenience to seniors because they will find it hard to change the time on the phone. And due to their health concerns SuperButton is a very handy feature in emergencies.