Monday, April 4, 2011

Is this a Good Design for a Mobile Phone for Seniors?

A number of manufacturers now specialize in mobile phones for seniors. Doro, Just5, Jitterbug and Clarity focus their efforts on producing simple and user-friendly handset that fit the needs of an elderly. However, some independent designers have published designs for mobile phones for senior citizens. I previously made a post on a concept phone designed for seniors called the Fit. This time let's look at the Simplesee Cellphone designed by Emma Caddick.

The Simplesee cellphone design includes massive buttons and built-in SOS function. If you have been reading this blog, then you'll recognize those features as necessary for a handset to be suitable for seniors. The large buttons help seniors with weak vision to dial more easily or by feel. The built-in SOS function is a feature that can deal with any emergencies.

The Simplesee cellphone design is also centered around simple functions. It is designed to for making calls. It was made to function more like a home phone. A more mobile version of course. While that might seem limited, one has to consider that a mobile phone for seniors should be a hassle-free phone.
The display on this concept appears to be quite small. However, the font on the screen appears to be large enough to accommodate the weak eyes of senior citizens.

The body of the Simplesee cellphone design also appears to be shaped for improved grip. The curved design may make it easier to hold for users who have frail hands.

So do you think that this design should be manufactured for the senior market?

Of course, design alone is not enough. It needs to be combined with a cheap price and affordable rate plans.

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more articles on cell phones for seniors and related topics.

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