Phones for Seniors
Which phone is the best simple phone for a senior is not a single answer. It depends on how simple you want the phone to be, and what your priorities are in terms of features and other factors. In many cases, the idea is to minimize the complexity and therefore the functionality of the phone. The reduced number of options makes it easier to learn and retain an understanding of the basic functions. In other cases, the most important feature is a medical alert capability (i.e. 5 Star from GreatCall). Or, it may be that the most important feature is a phone that works well with hearing aids.
The concept of phone specifically designed for seniors is based around the idea that a simpler phone is easier for a senior to work effectively. As we age, our ability to grasp new concepts decreases. That is not to denigrate our senior citizens but that is a fact of aging for most people. Therefore, the simpler the new concept the more likely we are to grasp it effectively. Since most people who are currently considered “seniors” are digital immigrants and not digital natives, they didn’t grow up with these capabilities and have to learn them at an older age which makes the learning less “sticky”.
In any case, there are a wide variety of carriers plans and phones to meet everyone’s needs including, and especially, our senior citizens.
Below I have summarized and provided links to some of the phones and websites that review or offer phones specially designed for seniors.
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TheSeniorList is a place where according to their website is “focused on the needs of boomers and older adults…a community site where consumers discover the latest technology for aging adults…”.
Their list of “Easiest Phones for Seniors in 2020” is:
- Jitterbug Flip – Easiest Overall Phone
- Jitterbug Smart2 – Easiest Flip Phone
- Sonim XP3 – Best Hearing Aid Compatibility
- Apple iPhone XR – Best Features
- Doro PhoneEasy 626 from Consumer Cellular
- Jitterbug 5 FlipPhone
- Jitterbug Touch3 Smartphone
- Snapfon ezTWO
From Consumer Cellular:
Consumer Cellular is a service provider. Meaning they are not impartial since they sell phones and provide cell service. They have more of an offering for seniors than most carriers and they also are the only company to offer the GrandPad, a tablet like device designed specifically for senior citizens with all the features of a cell phone.
- Flip phones
- Doro 7050
- Consumer Cellular Link
- iPhone (12 models)
- Samsung Galaxy (8 models)
- Moto (2 models)
- ZTE Avid (1 model)
LifeWire is a group of technology professionals that offer reviews for technology products. According to their website their “Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing.” Here is a link to their websites’ review of “The 7 Best Cell Phones for Seniors in 2020”.
- Best Overall – Jitterbug Flip Phone
- Best Overall – Runner Up – Motorola G6 Play
- Best Value – Nokia 4.2
- Best Basic – LG Exalt VN220
- Best Display – Jitterbug Smart2
- Best Battery – ASUS ZenFone Max Pro
- Best Android – Samsung Galaxy S8
PC Magazine is worldwide media conglomerate owned by Ziff Davis a well-respected in the tech industry.
- Best for Taking Notes – Samsung Galaxy S9
- Best Big Screen Affordability – Google Pixel 3a XL
- Best Flip Phone for WhatsApp and Texting – Alcatel Go Flip 3
- Best 5star Urgent Response – Jitterbug Flip
- Best Two Day Battery Life – Motorola Moto G7 Power
- Best Indestructible Build – Sonim XP3
- Best Balancing iOS Power and Budget – Apple iPhone 11
- Best Physical Keyboard – Blackberry Key2 LE
- Best Verizon Phone Voice – Kyocera DuraVX LTE
If you are looking for a mobile phone for yourself or a senior loved one, these are some great options. A mobile phone is a great way to offer protection, access and safety. There options for every circumstance, age group etc.
I hope you are able to find what you are looking for.
Here is a Google search for “Best Cell Phones for Seniors” since the results will constantly change.
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