The phones available in the market are innumerable with almost a new phone being launched every week. But many manufacturers are not paying much attention for designing phones for the elderly.
In the last few years, there has been a slow rise in the phones which have been made specifically for the use of seniors. A selection of those suited particularly to the geriatric group is given as below:
iBall Aasaan 2
The iBall Aasaan 2 was launched in December 2012, with focus to economical perspective. It is considered amongst the best in this category of phones for elderly due to its easy use with limited yet select features. One distinguishing feature of this device was the SOS button on its back, for speed dialing the emergency contact with a single touch.
Philips Xenium X2566
This phone shares similarity to the iBall Aasaan in being alike to the design and functioning but the difference arises in the keypad where keys are spaced sufficiently to avoid mistyping of numbers. The phone carries a 24 h battery standby time thus erasing the need to recharge the phone at frequent intervals through the day.
Magicon Senior Duo
Magicon Senior Duo is a fairly standard phone with a simple user interface, large buttons, and a high contrast display showing large fonts. The unique feature of this phone is a pull out tab at the bottom of the phone packing a magnifying glass which can be used by senior citizens when needed.
Wondering how Nokia could have missed in here? Well, it makes its space here with Nokia 105. A device that meets the basic requirements of senior citizens sufficiently with its single SIM function is a phone to buy if users are looking for a brand with reliable after sales service.
This is a standard device with a stereotypical physical keys. It’s not a phone specifically for senior citizens but its sturdy design can vouch its candidature. It has in-built games to pass away time when bored. It also comes with a dual SIM support.
Swingtel SW50 Plus
This phone has been priced interestingly at a fairly cheap tag given its features. This is a phone for elderly with color display and a massive battery capacity of 1500 mAh. This device, like the Micromax phone is dual SIM enabled.
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Mitashi Play Senior Friend
In this era of smartphones, Mitashi played it smart by manufacturing Mitashi Play Senior Friend, the only Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone in this category. Mitashi has skinned the basic Android UI with a simple interface suitable for the elderly. It has also customized the home screen to such a level of ease that it caters to being a smartphone for the seniors.
If we go through this list of phones, the first three strictly qualify as phones for elderly. In the future, we hope to see more manufacturers venturing into this category with the focus on seniors. I do feel that with passing time the senior population might go for smartphones too as their requirements shall change by then.