In 2018, the best telephone for seniors will vary, depending on your comfort with technology. There is more than one good answer here compared to our usual recommendations from the best phones. Fortunately, there are also a wide range of telephones that meet the unique needs of seniors who can perfectly fit the most technically-minded grandparent or even the senior who simply wants to communicate with his family.
Large and simple displays are a smart choice for any senior because almost no one has eyes that sharpen over time. However, the needs may differ from here. Where health is the most important, some of the best phones for seniors will have emergency response functions at the touch of a button. Where dropping the phone can be a problem, sustainability or a variety of available phone cases is crucial. No telephone comes with everything, at least, not yet.
Whatever the situation, we now have the best telephone choices for seniors and we will make clear what the benefits of each are.
Large, clear buttons and screen
Pricey for a flip phone
The Jitterbug Flip is a simple flip phone with functions that are made to fit seniors well. It does not have any of the smartphone functionality that a more technically savvy senior would want, but it has a large, easy-to-read interface, easy navigation and a loud speaker. The result is a telephone that is easy to use for everyone, so there is no steep learning curve for seniors who are not used to mobile phones.
A few extra functions are specifically made with seniors in mind. The Jitterbug Flip has an M4 / T4 rating for compatibility with hearing aids. It also has a 5Star button, so seniors can get help quickly in case of emergency.
See the Jitterbug Flip here
Simple smartphone interface
Emergency help app
If some aspects of the Jitterbug Flip sound good, but more smartphone features are attractive, the Jitterbug combines Smart senior-focused design with smartphone functionality. Best of all, it offers all this at a reasonable price.
The Jitterbug Smart has all the typical telephone functions, plus text messaging, e-mail and internet access, as well as cameras on the front and back. The 5.5-inch touchscreen display allows typical navigation of the smartphone, but Jitterbug has simple menus that are used for easy navigation. Like the Jitterbug Flip, this model is compatible with hearing aids, resulting in an M4 / T4 classification. And it supports the emergency response of 5Star via a pre-installed app.
See the Jitterbug Smart here
Large screen and UI
Family can manage remotely
Only on Consumer Cellular
For some, perhaps overly simple
As the name implies, the GrandPad is a smartphone / tablet that offers elderly people simple ways to stay connected. It does not have to be as familiar with tablet and smartphone functionality as typical Android and iOS devices require. It surges on an 8-inch Full HD screen with large, easy-to-read menu buttons for easy navigation, and it connects via 4G LTE to consumer mobile or via wifi. It can also be wirelessly loaded onto its dock, so you do not have to worry about tracking cables and plugs.
Family members can set up and manage the GrandPad for their loved ones, filling in the contact list with e-mail address and telephone numbers. An important consideration here is that this can help to screen potential phishing attacks or spam-callers, because they should not be able to reach the GrandPad.
With the GrandPad, seniors can keep in touch via e-mail and with voice and video calls. It also supports a stream of social media so that seniors can see what their family members are sharing without having to have their own accounts.
See the GrandPad here
Phones for technically savvy seniors:
iPhone 8 Plus
Large, sharp display
Must have a case
For the technically savvy senior there is no easier option than the iPhone 8 Plus. It offers first-class features and performance on a 5.5-inch screen that is sharp. The iPhone 8 Plus is not cheap, but it comes with the peace of mind that any problems can be quickly searched on the internet.
Staying connected with family is easy for the iPhone and that powerful iPhone 8 Plus can ensure that connecting is also fast. Seniors with an iPhone can also benefit from the almost seamless transition between an iPhone and iPad when they want an even bigger screen. For the seniors who buy this smartphone, an iPhone 8 Plus sleeve is recommended, because it has a completely glass design that does not stand up well if it is put down regularly.
View the iPhone 8 Plus here
iPhone 7 Plus
Better affordable than new model
Large, sharp display
Must have a case
To save some money but little to sacrifice, the iPhone 7 Plus is also a great option. The iPhone 8 Plus was largely an iterative upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus. So with the older phone you still get a crystal clear 5.5-inch screen, fast performance of the hardware and an easy-to-use operating system with iOS 11 (soon iOS 12).
Just like the newer model, the iPhone 7 Plus benefits from a huge number of cases to choose from. Although an iPhone 8 Plus case is a smart purchase, it is not as essential as with the iPhone 8 Plus. This is because the older iPhone has an aluminum chassis, which means there is less glass that can break if it falls.
See the iPhone 7 Plus here
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Large 6.2-inch display
Not the simplest phone
Samsung comes with a great choice for smartphones for seniors, not in the last place thanks to the The massive 6.2-inch screen of the Galaxy S9 Plus. With that big screen, users can enlarge the text size and still fit a lot on the screen. A fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and face recognition also mean that unlocking the phone is easy.
With the latest and amazing Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset, the Galaxy S9 Plus is also very responsive. The impressive cameras also make it easy to keep in touch and share with family members. It may be pricey, but it is a fully-equipped phone, and an IP68 rating means you do not have to buy a replacement because there is a bit of water on it (although we recommend a case if dropping is a problem). Factor in Bixby & # 39; s ability to help users by navigating menus and changing phone settings, and you have a great smartphone for technically savvy seniors.
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Reasonably clean Android operating system
Must have a case
The OnePlus 6 offers a fairly clean Android experience for seniors, so the user interface is not too complicated. Plus, it has the powerful internals and dazzling 6.28-inch display to make it a fitting rival to the Galaxy S9 Plus for a significantly lower price.
It may not be the cheapest OnePlus, but it is now one of the most affordable flagship smartphones. And it has a low water resistance, so a splash occasionally or stuck in the rain should not be a problem. Like many of the more expensive phones in this list, we recommend a OnePlus 6 enclosure to protect it from falling.
See the OnePlus 6 here
Large, sharp, clear screen
Light water resistance
Must have a case
For an extra affordable but still competitive choice, the Moto G6 is a great option. The price is almost a third of what the other flagship smartphones cost, but it contains many of the same features. It has an elegant, metal design with a glass back and front (so a case would be sensible). And for seniors the sharp Full HD + screen is 5.7 inches wide, so there is enough space to enlarge the fonts where necessary.
Competent internals, a fingerprint reader and special movements complete the experience with the Moto G6. It has all the options one needs to stay in touch, and a water-repellent coating ensures that incidental crash does not ruin that functionality.
View the Moto G6 here
Simple phones for seniors:
Nokia 3310 3G
Simple, sturdy design
Long battery life
Pricey for a function phone
Some seniors may not want all the chic tech of a smartphone and high-brand phones, such as the JitterBug, go too far in the direction of easy-to-use phones. Enter the new Nokia 3310. It is a simple, user-friendly function phone with all the basic functions to keep in touch with family and friends and a durable battery to keep the connection going.
The Nokia 3310 supports calling, texting & and even a bit of social media. A simple camera can help elderly people share with their family and friends. Moreover, it is a durable small telephone, so dropping the phone from time to time is not really a concern. Moreover, it is affordable.
Alcatel GO FLIP
4G LTE connectivity
No water resistance
Only North America
The Alcatel GO FLIP is another simple function phone with some modern upgrades. Although it looks and works like an old-school flip phone, it offers 4G LTE connectivity (although it is only available in North America) for fast web browsing and e-mailing. Thanks to this 4G connectivity, the GO FLIP seniors can offer better call quality with Voice-over-LTE.
It has a camera for sharing photos & # 39; s and 720p video & # 39; s. It can also be loaded with music and connected to the headphones via a 3.5 mm jack. For hearing impaired people, it has an M4 / T4 rating for compatibility with hearing aids.
View the Alacatel GO FLIP here