Today smartphones have altered the way we interact. With services such as banking, travel, healthcare and lot other facilities are now at one’s fingertips. With such advancement, the spurt in the growth and popularity of smartphones is understandable.
However, we forgot about a segment of the population that finds this gadget an inconvenience — the elderly. These people already struggle with eyesight, decreased dexterity levels and increased dependence on hearing aids. With such problems, the complexity of smartphones is simply adding to the distress. “Slippery”, “sensitive touchscreens”, “puny fonts” and “too complex” were some of the adjectives which they used to describe mobile phones.
Most people just wanted a phone that could perform the most basic tasks with convenience if usage. So, keeping this in mind we have offered few mobile phones that are just perfect for the elderly or senior citizens.
Priced at around Rs. 3,000, the iBall Asaan 2 is a 7.36 cm display mobile with huge fonts. It is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile with connectivity options like Headphones and FM. Big, comfortable numeric keys numbered in English, as well as Hindi, a dedicated SOS button, ability to store media and play music, are some of its features.
Philips Xenium X2566 mobile offers a 2.40-inch touchscreen display and is priced at Rs. 3,800. The phone offers easy to use features like a large font size and a dedicated SOS button. A lot of space is offered between the buttons so that they do not get pressed accidentally. Connectivity options included are Bluetooth and USB. The Philips Xenium X2566 comes with a 1630 mAh powerful battery with 24 hours of talk-time and a whopping 47 days of standby time.
Hunting for a reasonably priced budget smartphone, this Rs. 1,100 Swingtel SW50 phone can do the trick. It is a dual SIM mobile with a dedicated SOS button similar to others. The small display and poor resolution with small fonts is a downside. The phone may strain the eyes of weak sight. However, the gadget is quite suitable for people with normal eyesight. Braille Letters embossed on the contoured keys is a pro for users. Swingtel SW50+ is priced at Rs 1,950 and is available in black and red colour variants.
Mitashi Play Senior Friend
A comparatively expensive (Rs. 4,999) and heavily featured, the Mitashi Play Senior Friend runs on Android 4.4. Mitashi Android mobile phone has taken all the necessary steps that could simplify the interface and offer a user-friendly experience. The phone offers a really bright screen and the colours are easily identifiable as well as distinct. The Mitashi Play is a budget dual sim (GSM+GSM) with dual standby and a dedicated SOS button.
The most interesting phone that I found was the Magicon Senior Duo, priced at Rs. 1,500. Magicon Senior Duo is a Dual SIM phone for senior citizens with FM Radio for unlimited musical entertainment. The phone also offers a magnifying glass attached to it which could be folded in and out at any time.
Well, it is truly an interesting feature that will surely benefit a lot of people struggling to read small text. Other features included in the mobile are SOS button, simple interface MP Player and torch light. The phone can be locked or unlocked by just one touch. Shortcut dialling feature and a one touch FM radio were another pros.
The phone also comes with an expandable memory and a high-contrast display has offered which is great for people with weak eyesight.
So, why not gift your elders a token of love this time…