Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Stylish but Senior-Friendly LG UX280

Fashion phones are not usually ideal for seniors because the design is geared towards a slim body and flat keypads. However, there are a few stylish handsets that can fit the needs of senior users. For instance, the LG UX280 or LG Wine sports an attractive design but offers a large display and a very roomy keypad.

Let's take a closer look at this fashionable mobile phone for seniors.

Like most fashion phones, the LG UX280 features a flip phone or clamshell design. It sports a 2.2-inch display with 240 x 320 pixels with 262,000 color. Senior users can adjust the screen's backlight time, the menu style, the font settings for style, color, and size, and the color scheme to suit their weak eyesight.

I mentioned the roomy keypad on the LG UX280 but let me provide more details. A user-friendly is compulsory for a senior-cell phone because it allows seniors with weak vision to dial easily or compose text messages without difficulty. The navigation array and the number keypad on this handset is very easy to use. The keys are large and quite tactile and the number keys on the keypad are in very large text.

The LG UX280 is not only a stylish and user-friendly mobile phone. This handset also comes with a nice set of features. The UX28 also offers voice dialing, Bluetooth, GPS navigation and a 1.3-megapixel camera. The camera does not support video capture but it's a nice bonus for a simple handset.

That's it for this short feature on the LG UX280. Visit us often to get more information on cell phones for senior citizens and related topics.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Doro PhoneEasy 615 Cell phone for Seniors Hands-on

Doro introduced new cell phones for senior citizens at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. The PhoneEasy 615, the PhoneEasy 610, the PhoneEasy 680, and the PhoneEasy 682 were showcased at the show.

Fortunately, the folks at Phonescoop shared some of their hand-on images and impressions on the Doro PhoneEasy 615. This mobile phone for seniors features 3G support, a camera, an SOS key on the back, and a very large color display.

Here are a few of the hands-on images of the Doro PhoneEasy 615:

And a look at its user interface.

Visit for more hands-on images and impressions on the Doro PhoneEasy 615.

The availablilty and pricing of the PhoneEasy 615 and other new Doro handsets are not yet known. We'll bring you the latest updates on this handsets as they become known.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Can Seniors Use the Just5 Spacephones?

Just5 introduced an interesting line of simple cell phones last year. The company introduced the J510 model in Las Vegas. The manufacturer is calling this line of handsets as the "Spacephones."

The Just5 Spacephones sound like very technological handsets. So would these phones be ideal for seniors?

The answer is yes. You see, the J510 or Spacephone utilize the same design scheme as the Just5 cell phone for seniors. It offers large buttons, speaker, and the SOS button, and a dedicated button that can be pushed for emergency assistance.

Just5 also sees the J510 as an ideal cell phone for senior citizens. Alex Petrov VP of Operations at Just5 Americas said that:
“The J509 will eventually be seen as a necessity for seniors who want to be out and about. With the SOS feature, we expect them to be popular inside the home as well, maybe replacing the landline for many seniors previously resistant to that idea. The phones are durable and long-lasting, and the calling plans are affordable.”
I'm not sure when this handset will be offered in the US. The company's website only shows the j509 so perhaps it will be available in the future.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Basic Samsung SGH-T139

Here's a basic handset that might be ideal for the needs of senior citizens. The Samsung SGH-T139 is a prepaid phone that is tailor-made for senior citizens needs. Let's explore the senior friendly features of this call phone.

The Samsung SGH-T139 features a flip phone design which is considered by some as the ideal form factor for seniors. The design is easy to use. There not that many bells and whistles. Every part of the design is shaped towards making the handset an ideal device for making calls.

The simple Samsung SGH-T139 sports a 1.75 inch internal display. It's smaller than most mobile phones for seniors but one can compensate for the lack in size bu adjusting the options like standby text style and color, the dialing font size and the backlight time. It also offers an external display that indicates the date, time, battery life, signal strength and numeric caller ID.

This handset also offers a user-friendly keypad. The spacious layouts with raised button that have a comfortable, rubbery feel. Users wont have any problems with dialing or composing text messages on this cell phone because the backlit keypad buttons feature large numbers and letters.

The key features for the Samsung SGH-T139 also include a VGA camera for still photos captures, Bluetooth connectivity, SMS text and MMS picture messaging, instant messaging, voice recorder, speakerphone and organizer tools .

So where can you purchase the Samsung SGH-T139? This cell phone fort seniors is available via online retailers. It is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Samsung Mantra From Virgin mobile

Samsung seems to have a knack for producing good cell phones for seniors. For instance the Tracfone SVC phone, which is manufactured by Samsung, is rated as one of the best cell phones for seniors in 2011. This time let's look at another senior-friendly mobile phone from this manufacturer.

The Samsung Mantra or Samsung M340 is offered by Virgin Mobile for $39.99. It is also available at Amazon for an affordable price of $29.99. This price fits the budget of seniors who usually do not have a source of income.

Let's go over the features of this mobile phone for senior citizens. The Mantra sports a flip phone design and can be described as a basic cell phone. this means that its simple enough that an elderly person can learn to use it in a matter of hours. It doesn't have any complicated features so its best suited for sending text messages of making calls.

The Samsung Mantra also features a 2-inch internal display (128 x 160 pixels, 65K color depth), which is large enough to accommodate the weak vision of some seniors. This cell phone for seniors also comes a user-friendly keypad with large buttons. It has hearing aid compatibility for M4/T4.

Other key features for this device include a VGA camera, Bluetooth, Web browser, bi-lingual interface, and organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, and calculator. These features are not really that useful for seniors but its nice to have them on a $30 mobile phone.

That's it for this look at the Samsung Mantra. Stay tuned for more posts on cell phones for seniors and related topics.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Wellness Call Service for Seniors

We have previously featured other GreatCall services for senior citizens such as the LiveNurse, Check in Calls and Medication Reminders. This time let's look at the Wellness Call Service for Jitterbug mobile phones.

The Wellness Call Service for seniors focuses on making users feel better immediately and long-term. How? Well, GreatCall partnered with Brian Alman, Ph.D, a well-known wellness expert and best-selling author to provide quality services to seniors and other consumers.

This service for mobile phone for seniors is ideal for users who suffer from stress, sleeplessness or weight. One motivational 4 – 5 minute call per week can be a big help for some consumers.

The Wellness Call Service for seniors include the following services:
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Motivational Messages
  • Relaxation Tips
  • Immediate Results, Long Term Success
This service for cell phone for seniors cost $4.00 per month but is offered free on select plans.

If you're not convinced that this service is for you, then you can try it out for free for the first 30 days.

That's it for this short preview on the Wellness Call Service for seniors. Stay tuned as we tell you about other services for seniors.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Just5 CP11 Mobile Phone for Seniors at MWC 2011

Doro introduced a set of senior-friendly phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but Just5 also made a splash at the show.

The Just5 CP11 cell phone for seniors citizens was also showcased at MWC 2011. This handset features a large display that pops out. It that sounded strange then let me elaborate. The CP11's display open stiletto-style when the two buttons on the sides of the phone are pushed.

Other than this unusual design feature, the Just5 CP11 offers all the necessary features for seniors. The 2.2″ LCD display is large enough to accommodate the weak eyes of many elderly users.

But that's not all, this mobile phone for seniors also offer a S.O.S. emergency button. This feature is interesting.Pushing and holding the emergency button results in text messages being sent to 5 pre-defined numbers. The Just5 CP11 will then start calling those 5 numbers until somebody picks up.

The remaining key features for this mobile phone for seniors include a loud-speaker, a radio, thermometer and a flashlight.

Here's a video of the Just5 CP11 in action.

That's it for this senior-friendly cell phone. Join us again next week as we preview more senior cellphones, plans and related topics.

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