The simple smartphone for seniors is neither smart nor simple enough. If you have teenagers you know that once they have their hands on a smartphone it very hard to pry that sucker away from them. But with your aging parents the opposite is probably true. They might not even want to pick one up.
Take a moment and put yourself in their shoes, try to view their phone from their perspective. Can you really blame them? Most smartphones just weren’t designed for middle-of-the-century folk. The screens are way too hard to read, buttons are difficult to manipulate, benefits obscure, and the overall experience is just too-much.
But in recent years there’s been a growing number of smartphones designed specifically for the elder generation. One of these is the Samsung Galaxy S3, modified with software designed by an Israeli company called Easy to Connect (e2c). They are doing business in the U.S. under the name ‘Simple Smart Phone’.
Simple Smart Phone introduced their device to the U.S. marketplace May 2015 and at the time this article was written the handset was free but access to emergency services cost $30 a month, with unlimited data plans starting at $50.
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The ‘Simple Smart Phone’ is loaded with senior-friendly features, starting with the home page. Instead of a maze of hard-to-see Android icons, you get five button with extra-large type. (Call, Messages, Pictures, More…, Help) That’s called easily accessible! Select “More…” to reach stuff like the camera, there’s even a selfie button.
The Simple Smart Phone gets many things right, but has a lot of room for improvement. It’s also not your only smartphone option for seniors. ‘Great Call’s Touch3’ is another Samsung Android phone with similar simplicity and emergency services; costing $150, with voice and data plans from $20 to $120 a month.
Read Article (Dan Tynan | yahoo.com | 03/20/2015)
The Simple Smart Phone has many more features, you should read the article. But also consider the biggest issue with any mobile device, learning to use it. Learning to use it is everything. It alone determines if they like it, and therefore use it –regardless of how it looks or its features.
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