Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Samsung Gusto from Verizon Wireless

I dropped by the Verizon Wireless website to check out the new DROID 3. I also looked at other phones in their roster to see if there are a few phones that can cater to the needs of seniors. I've found that we have already featured a few Verizon Wireless cell phones in this blog. I also discovered another handset that might suit the needs of the elderly. Let's examine the Samsung Gusto and see if it's a good cell phones for seniors.

The Samsung Gusto is a very simple phone with a very senior-friendly price. At the time this post is published, Verizon is offering it for free with a two-year contract. Senior consumers need affordable handset because they do not have a steady source of income.

Let's move on to the design. The Gusto is pretty simple. It's a flip phone with metallic-gray-and-black accents. The body is made up of plastic. Not exactly high-end but it's a free phone so it's understandable.

It sports a 2-inch display that supports 262,000 colors and a 128x160-pixel resolution. It's a solid display for its price but the font is not adjustable. Fortunately, the backlight on the display and the alphanumeric keypad can be adjusted. The phone also offered a user-friendly interface which highlights menu options as the user scrolls up and down a vertical list.

The navigation and text entry features on this device are solid. The keypad buttons are large and slightly domed so senior users will not find it hard to enter text or dial numbers.

Here are the rest of the main features for this cell phone for seniors:
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • speakerphone
  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • 1.07-inch external color display
  • address book with 1,000 contacts
  • a calculator
  • alarm clock
  • text, picture, and voice messaging
That's it for this affordable mobile phone for senior citizens. Stay in touch and check out our blog regularly for more phones, plans, accessories and other related topics.

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