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January 31, 2019

The Best Cell Phones and Smartphones for Seniors

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Gone are the days when seniors were considered uncomfortable with technology. These days, people of all ages know their way around a cell phone. However, there are certain phone models that offer features best suited for seniors.

Whether you’re planning to buy the latest iPhone and keep tabs on your Facebook friends, or you just want a simple phone to call and text your grandkids, choose an easy-to-use cell phone that offers all the features you need. Here are some of the options to consider, as well as the most popular models for seniors.

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Affordable and simple cell phones

A basic flip phone is best if you want to call and text your loved ones without all the bells and whistles of a smartphone. Look for a standard flip phone that has a wide screen and easy-to-read display. You may also want a cell phone with large numbers, which will make it easier to dial and text. Some flip phones for seniors come equipped with a one-touch S.O.S. button, so you can quickly call for help in an emergency. If you have trouble hearing, consider a model featuring an extra-loud ringtone so you never miss a call.

Large display

Ready to step into the world of smartphones? The best smartphone for seniors may be one that is wider and easier to hold. Choose a phone with a wide screen (at least 5 inches) with a large display, and a simple setup that’s easy to navigate. Some examples are the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note8, and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

Top-notch features

For a smartphone that offers the most functionality for your active life, consider one of these options:

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus – This older iPhone model is a less expensive option that is perfect for a smartphone beginner. The extra-large size means it’s easy to handle, with a 5.5-inch screen for easy reading. With 32 Gb of storage, you can snap tons of photos of the grandkids and download as many apps as you’d like.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – With a built-in stylus, the Galaxy Note 9 is a good fit for seniors who have issues (or aren’t familiar) with touchscreens. The stylus works like a digital pen, offering more flexibility and ease of use. Plus, the 6.4-inch screen is one of the biggest on the market.
  • Motorola Moto e5 Play – If you’re looking for a less expensive option, consider the Moto e5 Play. It’s a fraction of the price of other smartphones but offers all the same features, such as a sharp display, 24-hour battery life, and a fingerprint reader for quick unlocking.

Whether you choose the newest smartphone on the market or a basic cell phone for seniors, take the time to read through the user manual and learn how it works before using it. This way you can take full advantage of its features. Even the simplest phone may seem complicated at first, but trial and error (and a little patience) will help you solve any problems you encounter. Xfinity Mobile offers Unlimited and By the Gig data options to fit any senior’s needs.