Here at The Senior List, we think a smartphone is a wonderful investment for any senior who would like to stay connected to friends, family, and the outside world. They’re a great way to take and share photos, connect on social media, look for local information, and much more.
For anyone looking to keep in touch and have an easy way to call, text, surf the web, or share updates with family and friends, a smartphone is a great choice.
What Should Seniors Look For In A Smartphone?
Everybody has different smartphone needs. Here are some things we recommend considering:
- Ease of use. There are several smartphones on the market designed especially with seniors in mind, and they usually feature large buttons or displays.
- Camera. For some people the camera is a big consideration. If you love taking photographs, a model with a high quality camera is a must.
- Speakers. If you plan to make a lot of calls or stream a lot of media, good quality speakers are essential.
- Battery. Most smartphone batteries are adequate for daily use, but if you like to stream shows, play games, or use a lot of apps, you’ll want a model with a robust battery.
- Cost. Both the cost of the unit and the cost of the long term plan are important considerations. Consider your budget and how much you want to allocate to a monthly phone plan. Be sure to check the terms of the plan before signing up.
- Emergency buttons. Many smartphones for seniors include emergency buttons that you can press to make a call in an emergency. This is a great feature for additional peace of mind.
The Best Smartphones For Seniors
The Senior List has done the research to help make your decision easier. Here is our roundup of the best smartphones for seniors in 2017:
A round up of senior-friendly smartphones wouldn’t be complete without the popular Jitterbug Smart. The Jitterbug Smart features a bright, clear 5.5” display with a simplified menu that lets you find frequently used features, fast.
Jitterbug Smart offers a feature-packed phone that is easy to use, but where it really comes into its own is with its emergency features.
Jitterbug users never have to worry about missed medication, thanks to Medcoach which sends prescription and pill reminders. Jitterbug also comes with Urgent Care, which connects users to registered nurses and doctors who can answer any medical questions. Finally, 5Star is a medical alert service that connects to live help agents no matter what time of the day or night.
Cost: $149.99, plus monthly plan and activation
Smartphones for seniors make it easy to keep in touch, while also providing peace of mind and emergency help when needed. That’s why we recommend choosing a phone that was designed specifically with seniors in mind. With four such user-friendly and feature-packed options on the market, you should be able to find one that’s right for you.
Doro 824 SmartEasy
We love the Doro 824 SmartEasy from Consumer Cellular. This lovely little phone was designed to be uncluttered and easy to use, and it shows. There’s a clear 5” display that has large icons and text. The operating system is straightforward, with easy access to commonly used features.
Doro gives you peace of mind, too. The phone features a button that can be preprogrammed with a number of your choice. In an emergency, just hit that button to make a call. There are also buttons for easy access to the home screen, recently used applications, and to skip back a screen.
We especially love the Doro Manager app. Trusted family members or friends can download the app and use it to remotely help their senior loved one manage their phone.
Cost: $100, plus selected phone plan. Discounts for AARP members.
Snapfon’s smartphone for seniors was designed to be simple to use. Its big buttons and numbers make it easy to see, while the hearing-aid compatible design and enhanced volume make it easy to hear, too.
Snapfon also offers an emergency button you can hold down to be connected to an agent who will place a call to a chosen contact or the emergency services on your behalf.
We especially love Snapfon’s low battery warning feature. Users can set the phone to text a nearby friend, relative or caregiver if their battery gets low.
Cost: Two for $79.99, plus selected phone plan on Amazon. 30 day money back guarantee.
Blu’s Joy phone was designed for seniors, yet looks as modern as any regular smartphone, thanks to a smooth leather pattern battery cover and streamlined body.
Joy features large buttons and numbers, and a clear full color 2.4” display. The emergency button on the back can be used to connect to police, medical or firefighters with just one press.
Joy has plenty of features such as a camera and media player that make it easy to enjoy content or take and share photos, still with an eye on ease of use.
Cost: $34.99. This phone seems to be currently out of stock at retailers with promises to have more soon. We will update this post once we see it back in stock.
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