Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Easy-to-use Nokia 2320 GoPhone

You don't have to be a genius to know that a cell phone that comes with minimal features and a user-friendly design is a good fit for senior users. Well, in this post we will feature an easy-to-use cell phone that can fit the requirements of senior citizens.

The Nokia 2320 GoPhone may not look impressive but can turn out to be a gem of a device for folks who are aged 65 years and older. Even if it doesn't offer impressive features it can still function as a phone for the elderly.

Let describe some of the points that make the Nokia 2320 GoPhone a good cell phone for senior citizens.

Let's start with the design. This mobile phone sports a basic bar style design, which is pretty much as simple as you can get when it comes to mobile phones. There's no need to flip or slide. The phone is ready to use without pushing any buttons or doing any other physical actions.

The phone's body is made of plastic but that's a price to pay for an affordable handset. The design includes a 1.75-inch display that supports 65,000 colors and 160x128 pixels. It's not very impressive but it has bright colors and is visible even in daylight. The standby font color and font size are adjustable, which is a good thing for users with weak eyes such as the elderly.

The key pad is also simple with flat buttons. Fortunately, the spacious arrangement makes them easy to use. Texting quickly will result in mistakes but seniors are not prone to hurrying so it's not a big issue.

This basic, affordable phone also offers solid call quality. Users of this phone can expect voices to sound natural and strong volume. However, the Nokia 2320 GoPhone's speakerphone is a disappointment as the calls were garbled, and voices were distorted.

Overall, the 2320 is a solid mobile phone for seniors. It's user-friendly design and simple features are suitable to the needs of the elderly. AT&T is no longer selling this phone but interested consumers can get it from other online retailers such as Bestbuy and Walmart.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Cheap Samsung T105g from Tracfone

We often feature clamshell cell phones in this blog so I figured that it would be good to feature a handset for folks who prefer a bar style phone. The Samsung T105g from Tracfone is an affordable handset so folks who want an inexpensive option should take a closer look at this phone.

Since I mentioned that the T105g is a cheap phone (check the title), I think we should discuss its price first. Tracfone is offering this phone for $9.99. It's a prepaid phone so there's no need for contracts and credit checks. It's also paired with a prepaid plan so its flexible and you only pay-as-you-go.

Ok now let's look at the features that makes the Samsung T105g from Tracfone a solid choice for consumers who are looking for a cell phone for seniors.

The body of this phone comes with a bar style design. It's not the folding type offered by flip phones and clamshell so you don't have to worry about breaking its hinges. It's a relatively light phone and is mainly created from plastic. It's an affordable phone so you really can't expect premium construction for it.

Let's proceed with the color display. frankly, it's pretty small at around 1 inch by 1 inch. Most display's from cheap phones average around 1.8 inches so its smaller than standards. However, it does have a few things going for its such as its fairly sharp resolution.

The keypad for this handset is better than its display when it comes to being a good handset for the elderly. The buttons are not separated but there are deep grooves which allows users to distinguish a button from another. There is also a good keystroke response so one can dial or text with minimal problems.

The Samsung T105g is a simple phone with basic menus and functions so it's suitable for seniors and beginners. One will not spends days on learning how to use it. It works best as a device for calling friends and family.

Here's a video review from YouTube to give you a closer look at this mobile phone for senior citizens.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The GreatCall Premium Cell phone Plan for Senior Cititzens

A premium plan for seniors? We don't usually associate a premium offering for senior users because those plans are usually expensive and offer features that are not needed by the elderly. However, the premium plan offered by the folks at GreatCall is a bit different.

The company focuses on senior consumers so its premium plan is also patterned after the needs of folks who are 65 years old and older. Let's look at the details of this cell phone plan for the elderly.

The GreatCall Premium plan costs $39.99 per month and offers 400 nationwide anytime minutes. There are plenty of cheaper plans out there but this one is suited for users who use a lot of minutes every month.

But the large number of nationwide anytime minutes per month is not the only reason that entices consumers to get this plan. It also provides some attractive features including:

  • unlimited nights and weekend minutes (7pm-6am)
  • carry over minutes
  • no contracts
  • no roaming charges
  • no cancellation fees
  • no data charges
It also comes with a bunch of apps that can help senior users such as the :

So what do you think? Does this plan fit with your needs? Express yourselves in the comments.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The LG Revere Prepaid Phone from Verizon Wireless

Let's begin this week by looking at an affordable prepaid phone from Verizon Wireless. The LG Revere was recently launched and comes with a few modern features such as A-GPS, mobile email, and the ability to upload pictures to Facebook. However, this simple cell phone can also be a good phone for senior citizens.

Why should seniors consider a phone like the LG Revere from Verizon Wireless? Well, it's an affordable handset. It's offered for free with a prepaid plan or a two-year contract. Free is always a good thing when it comes to senior consumers. Many retired folks no longer have a steady source of income so a free mobile phone is a welcome offer.

But its affordable price tag is not the only thing that makes the Revere a good mobile phone for the elderly. This phone also delivers well when it comes to performance. A good phone for seniors should be able to make or take phones call and this handset did not disappoint. The handset's call quality was impressive and we did not observe any distortion or crackling on our calls.

Now let's look at the phone's design. Is the body of this handset senior-friendly? Well, let's look at the main display first. It's important that this feature is not small since many seniors suffer from weak vision. The LG Revere sports a main display that measures 2 inches diagonally. The size isn't remarkable but it offers 262,000-color support and a 176x220-pixel resolution allowing it to provide bright and colorful graphics.

The keypad and navigation buttons of this handset are also suited for beginners and seniors. It won't take long for users to get used to navigating the device. There is plenty of room underneath the display for the navigation buttons and keypad so users won't find the phone cramped. The large buttons on the keypad are a bit flat but separation between each one allows users to text and dial by feel.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Rugged Samsung Convoy 2 from Verizon Wireless

Let's look at another rugged mobile phone that might be suitable to the needs of senior citizens. The Samsung Convoy 2 is the latest durable phone for the Verizon Wireless network. Can this handset be a good phone for the elderly?

Before let's answer that question let me first discuss why a rugged handset can be a good cell phone for folks who are 65 and older. Well, most senior citizens do not have a steady income since they are most likely retired from work. Therefore, a durable device that can with stand bumps, falls, and the test of time can fit the needs of the elderly. A rugged device can eliminate the need to spend money to buy a need cell phone, purchase a replacement, or pay for repairs.

There's no doubt that the Samsung Convoy 2 is built to be durable. It's thick body is capable of surviving dust, humidity, temperature, altitude, and a bunch of other elements. It's thickness also makes it easier to grasp especially for seniors whose fingers are no longer as strong as they used to be.

This possible cell phone for seniors sports a 2.2-inch internal QVGA display (320x240 pixels) with support for 262,000 colors. The sharpness and vibrancy of this display makes it easy for users to view the info on the screen.

The Samsung Convoy 2 also features a simple menu that makes it very easy for users to navigate the handset's features. It also helps that the handset's roomy navigation area and dial pad are user-friendly. The fully separated keys are large with ridged edges and rise above the surface. The design of this buttons allows users to easily dial by feel.

Now let's talk about the drawbacks of this handset as a mobile phone for senior citizens. The Samsung Convoy 2 is a rugged phone with mid-range features that comes with a price of $79.99 with a 2 year contract from Verizon Wireless. it's a brand new device so its price may come down in a few months or so. However, it still more expensive than most of the available handsets for the elderly.

That's it for our look at the Samsung Convoy 2 from Verizon Wireless. here are a couple more images for this cell phone.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Senior-Friendly Plans: AT&T's $25 Monthly GoPhone Plan

AT&T has announced a new affordable plan for its prepaid subscribers. But the question we have to explore in this post is: Is this plan suitable for senior citizens?

But before we discuss this plans' compatibility with the elderly, we should first provide details about this new plan. The $25 Monthly GoPhone Plan will be available on September. Click here to read to press release.

Subscribers to this plan will get 250 nationwide voice minutes and unlimited, nationwide messaging every 30 days. As its name suggests, the price for this offering is only $25 per month. A fee of 10 cents per minute will be charged to nationwide airtime over the 250 minutes.

The great thing about this plan is the fact that unused airtime minutes do not rollover. However, the minutes included in this plan may not be used for International calls.

So is this a good mobile phone plan for seniors? Well, I think it's a good alternative to AT&T's Senior 200 plan. It's cheaper by four bucks and offers 50 more nationwide voice minutes. This GoPhone plan is also prepaid so it's more flexible.

What do you think? Is the new $25 Monthly GoPhone Plan from AT&T a good mobile phone plan for the elderly? How does this plan compare with other offerings in the market? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Samsung Rugby II AT&T GoPhone

Another trip to AT&T's GoPhone website pointed me to another cell phone for seniors candidate. The Samsung Rugby II is not a new phone and is designed for users who want rugged and durable handsets. However, since it is included in the carrier's GoPhone packages, it became an affordable option for budget restricted users like seniors.

The Rugby II is designed to take hits and keep on working. It's built to resist dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, and extreme temperatures. So how does these rugged qualities seniors who might want to purchase this handset? Well, seniors do not have a lot of cash to spend o buying phones so a device with a long shelf life and can survive massive amounts of falls is suited to their lifestyle. A durable phone will eliminate the need to buy a new handset every few months.

Now let's look at the features that make the Rugby II a good mobile phone for the elderly. Frist let's look at the handset's main display. The internal screen measures 2.2-inches and supports 262,000 colors, which allows it to provide plenty of space and brightness for the weak vision of some elderly consumers. Users can also adjust the brightness, the backlighting time, and the dialing-font, size, type, and color tome the information on the screen easier to see.

The key pad and th navigation array for this handset is also user-friendly. The keypad buttons are a bit flat but they are spacious and separated from each other so the user will not find it hard to dial numbers or compose messages.

The Samsung Rugby II is more of a mid-range device so it offers a few advanced features. Most of these are not really important for senior users but it still nice to have them on a solid device. The key features for this handset include:
  • 2.0-megapixel camera with video
  • instant messaging
  • Web-based POP3 e-mail support
  • stereo Bluetooth
  • USB mass storage
  • PC syncing
  • PTT for making walkie-talkie calls
Performance-wise, the Rugby II can compete with other cell phones for senior citizens in the market. The phone's voice quality is smooth and clear, the volume was loud, and we observed that the speakerphone and PTT audio quality are solid.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Senior-Friendly Nokia 6350

We have featured several Nokia cell phones in this blog in the past and it's about time to feature another one. This time, let's look at the Nokia 6350 a simple and easy-to-use cell phone that was offered by AT&T.

One look at the Nokia 6350 will tell you that one will not spend a lot of time learning to use it. It's a handset that one can master after just a few hours of using it. Seniors who are not familiar with cell phone technology will not experience a lot of difficulty while learning to make calls with this simple cell phone.

Let's look at the physical design of this mobile phone for senior citizens. The 6350 sports a flip design with dual displays. The main display measures 2 inches, which is about average for handset's of this caliber. However, it offers 16.7 million colors (320x240 pixels) which gives it clear graphics and bright colors. It's a suitable display for users with weak vision like seniors.

This handset also offers usable key pad buttons. They are a bit flat but the spacious pad makes it easy for users to dial numbers or compose text messages. Even users with less than perfect eyes will be able to make a call easily because the buttons have large numbers and is supported by bright back lighting. The navigation keys for this handset are also user-friendly.

Now let's talk about performance. After all, seniors will purchase this phone based largely on its ability to make and receive calls. Well, the Nokia 6350 offers satisfying performance when it comes to phone calls. The volume is loud, the signal was clear and strong, and no static or interference were observed. The phone also delivered with speakerphone and Bluetooth headset calls.

Here are the key features for this cell phones for seniors:
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • two-megapixel camera
  • 1,000-contact phone book
  • 14 polyphonic ringtones
  • text and multimedia messaging
  • full-duplex speakerphone
  • USB mass storage
  • support for push-to-talk
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