Best Phones for the Elderly

Here we take a look at the best easy to use mobile phones for the over 55s that are great value for money and are easy to use.

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Last updated: 8th Jul 2019 at 9:46am

More over 55s are active on social networks and use smartphones than ever before. Did you know that 50% of people between 55 and 75 have the Facebook app on their phones? (BBC Technology, 2017).  Listed below are the top easy to use mobile phones for seniors:

Doro 1360 – No Fuss Mobile

There aren’t many mobile phones that you can buy for £25 or under but the Doro 1360 is one of them. What’s more, this phone has been made specifically for those who want an easy to use interface.

This big button mobile phone has key features such as a wide display that is easy to read, spaced out buttons that make dialling easy and a special Assistance Button. When pressed, the Assistance Button calls your emergency contacts and it cycles through these until one of them answers the phone.

The Doro 1360 also has ICE (In Case of Emergency). This feature lets you store in all your medical information, from your doctor to the medications that you are taking. This can then be used by emergency first responders.

You can buy the Doro 360 on ASDA Mobile - Click Here

Alcatel U5 - Affordable Smartphone

The Alcatel U5 is very affordable, yet it is one of the latest smartphones that really leaves nothing out. The bright and large 5-inch display and the Facebook app makes it easy to keep in the loop with important family happenings and the photos that they, or friends, post.

This Alcatel phone runs on Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system, giving you access to some of the easiest to use and most useful Google apps. These include Maps with GPS that will ensure you don’t get lost and the Chrome Web Browser, which gives you access to any internet page, from Asda Groceries to the NHS.

There are two cameras, and these will let you capture everything from self-portraits to family gatherings.

Nokia 3310 - Nostalgic Familiarity

The Nokia 3310 will be familiar to many because it was the original phone that really made mobile phones popular, almost two decades ago. This basic smartphone has been reinvented for today, with fashionable curves that make the phone easy to hold, spaced out buttons for ease of use and a large colour display.

Features that the over 55s might appreciate include a special polarised layer in the screen, which makes it easy to read under direct sunlight. There is also a feature called SLAM which allows you to share photos with friends and family when you are face-to-face. You can do this without the need to mess around with Bluetooth pairing the two phones together. 

If an emergency phone is the reason for buying the Nokia 3310, then the great value is paired up with a long-lasting battery. This can keep the phone in standby for up to one month before you need to recharge.

Samsung Galaxy J3 - Big Brand Quality

If you want a smartphone that has a big brand name associated to it, then the Samsung Galaxy J3 could be for you. You pay a little more for mobile phones from this brand but the Galaxy J3 is still surprisingly affordable.

There are several very useful features and these include:

  • Outdoor Mode - You can use this feature to increase the screen brightness to maximum. You also don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn this feature off and draining the batter, because there is a 15-minute deactivation timer built in.

  • Easy Mode - Use an interface with large icons and simplified app interactions.

  • HAC - Hearing Aid Compatible.

  • Visual Voicemail - Read your voicemail instead of listening to it.

  • Left or right-handed configuration - This changes the position of the menu in supporting apps.

In addition to these features, you also get a powerful 5MP camera, Google apps and a battery that can give up to two weeks of standby. You can order the Samsung Galaxy J3 on ASDA Mobile - Click Here.

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