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While Apple’s iPhones are among the most popular options for seniors, Samsung’s line of smartphones often comes with more advanced features, including fast processors and high-definition cameras. Best of all, Samsung’s Android phones are often just as easy to use as iPhones.
In this rundown of the best Samsung phones for seniors, we’ll take a closer look at Samsung’s current offerings, ranking each device in terms of cost, quality, and usability.
Pro Tip: These days, almost every phone can be used on a range of networks. To find the networks with the best discounts for seniors, read our guide to the best senior phone plans.
Samsung has dozens of smartphones available on most major networks. As we tested out each of them, here’s what we looked for:
Call quality: The basic metric of quality for any cell phone is how clear the calls sound. Especially for those who are hard of hearing, we only included phones on this list with high call quality.
Affordability: Pricing is important not only to fit the phone in your budget but also to match the features to the value. We compared phones to similar ones in their price range to give you the best picks on any budget.
Battery life: Battery life can make or break a mobile device, especially if you plan to take it on long trips or watch movies and play games.
Ease of use: Accessibility changes how valuable the phone is to you, so we took into account how easy the phone is to see, hear, and use when comparing the models.
Extra features: We looked for phones that go beyond a “you get what you pay for” mentality, offering extra bells and whistles at different price ranges for those that want to use their phones for more than just calling and texting.
The best all-around Android phone for seniors in 2023 is the Galaxy S23. At $799, it’s definitely an investment, but short of the $1,000+ Apple juggernauts, it has all the features and tech you would need.
The 6.1-inch, full-HD+ screen is bright, colorful, and easy to see for most users, even on a sunny day. While the front-facing camera isn’t great, the telephoto lens is fantastic at this price range. The S23 also has voice control settings, which allow you to answer and reject calls, dictate texts, browse the web, and call your contacts using simple voice commands.
But the star of the show is this phone’s Gen 2 Snapdragon 8 processor and custom chipset. Without getting too technical, it enables the Galaxy S23 to do whatever you or your grandkids want, whether it’s a game or a streaming movie.
If you can afford the Galaxy S23, it’s the best all-around phone we tried and works on all three major networks.
Pro Tip: Did you know that T-Mobile has discounted unlimited plans for seniors that cost less than $30 per line? To learn more, read our T-Mobile senior plan review.
In the under $300 bracket, the Galaxy A14 5G is tough to beat with its long-lasting battery, big display, and great primary camera. It even has a headphone jack, which not a lot of high-end phones have anymore, even though a lot of us still use wired headphones!
The phone’s frame is made of plastic to cut costs but comes with a unique textured edge that reduces fingerprints. The main camera is great, though the second one is lacking. Thankfully, the 6.6-inch screen is big, vibrant, and high resolution. We don’t think it’s quite bright enough for use in direct sunlight, but we had no complaints indoors.
The A14 5G takes about two hours to charge, which is considerable, but the battery life is good. You even get some voice control features like hands-free calling and internet browsing through Google Assistant. Note that the phone has little to no dust or water resistance, so it’s not the best phone to pass off to your young grandkids to play with. But in this price range, the A14 5G is a solid choice no matter which network you use.
The Galaxy Z Flip4 brings the classic clamshell flip phone into the modern smartphone age with state-of-the-art performance and a beautiful 6.7-inch display. If you want to pay for high performance for your games and movies and get the sleekest Samsung phone around, this $999.99 offering gives you great value, even at that price.
The screen is fantastic and gets incredibly bright if you want it to – perfect for those who normally have trouble seeing their phones. The Flip4 also has a robust voice-activated system that allows you to take pictures, call your contacts, dictate texts, search the web, and more using just your voice.
The only things we didn’t like were the battery life, which will only last for about a day of normal use. This is low for a phone in this price range. But so long as you charge it nightly, the Flip4 offers beautiful visuals and the high performance you would expect from state-of-the-art phone tech, all in a sleek, modern package that connects to most major networks.
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a traditional flip phone without touch screens, then check out our rundown of the best flip phones.
Available through major networks like Verizon and AT&T as well as Mint Mobile, the Galaxy A54 is a great mid-range smartphone for those who want balanced performance without breaking the bank. At $499, it’s half the price of some other phones, with a brilliant 6.4-inch display and great specs that give it great value for the money.
While not the best processor for gaming or the best camera for professional headshots, the Galaxy A54 packs a decent punch on both counts. It has expandable storage via microSD that can go up to 1TB so you’ll never run out of room for programs, games, photos, and more.
We liked the camera, including the super-wide lens, but thought it lagged a bit behind other phones in this price range. The performance isn’t the fastest at $499 either. However, with its beautiful screen and Google Assistant integration for some basic voice command features, the Galaxy A54 is still great value for the money.
Undeniably the most expensive phone on this list, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is a stunningly modern device. Its huge screens open and combine into a mini tablet or gaming device that has the resolution, vibrancy, and performance you need to do anything you or the grandkids want.
For something a little lower key, you can also read on the phone since its screens combine into a nearly book-sized surface. You have tons of apps to choose from and options for voice control through Google, though we found the interface takes a bit of getting used to compared to other phones on this list.
The camera is great at a distance but doesn’t take close-up photos as well as we expected for the price. The performance, though, is on another level and will give you access to all the software you could ever want, with unique options to multitask since it has so much extra power. While $1,799.99 isn’t in everyone’s price range, those looking for a premium smartphone should consider this as the number one choice.
Choosing between a Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone comes down to preference since both offer cheaper and more expensive options. The main difference is that Apple iPhones use proprietary software and user interfaces that not everyone is used to while Samsung phones operate on the more familiar Google system.
Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here