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Poll: Smartphone For Seniors (18 members have cast votes)

[General] Senior Friendly OS: Android OS or iOS?

  1. Android (8 votes [44.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  2. iOS (10 votes [55.56%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 55.56%

[General] Senior Friendly Smartphone Keypad: Digital or Physical?

  1. Digital Keypad (15 votes [83.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

  2. Physical Keypad (3 votes [16.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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BaconMeLoveIt #1 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 02:49

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So I need to replace my parents' smartphone (BlackBerry Q10).

 

Senior friendly smartphone?

 

Parents are not tech savvy.

 

EDIT: Thank you for the responses.


Edited by BaconMeLoveIt, Dec 08 2017 - 04:06.


Scorpiany #2 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 02:59

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I've found Android to be a lot easier to learn. Digital keyboards aren't all that bad; there are options with how they operate, and you can trace-type if needed. However, a physical keyboard that comes out from the side could be pretty useful if they have shakier hands, or aren't used to tapping on a responsive screen yet.

Kamahl1234 #3 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 03:02

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Will they have data? Do other family or friends have predominantly Iphones? If the latter is yes, then I'd say Iphone, but if the former is true it's nice to go with a cheaper android device as you can limit the data usage via the settings for them, so it never goes over (many plans have some data at least). 

 

Though with them being not tech savvy, there's still a number of Androids to use, iOS is easy to use as it's designed to be user friendly and the same from phone to phone, so help is easier from others. 

 

 

Really, the defining thing is price that is being spent on the phones as to the models I'd recommend, and are you getting them contract based or bought outright? I worked for a phone company for about a year and recommended many phones to people, so it may help to know these things. 

 

On top of this, is there particular reasons for smartphones other than they used the Q10? Do they want another smartphone or a basic phone?


Edited by Kamahl1234, Dec 08 2017 - 03:07.


Dionysus_Zagreus #4 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 03:23

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My in-laws, who are close to 70, absolutely love their Ipad.  They use it to text, and love to face time the kids.  It's also their camera and video camera.

 

They are pretty handy with it, and if they are fairly savvy with it, ANYBODY CAN BE!  :)  They have a landline to chit-chat and an old pay as you go flip phone for the road.


 

Therefore, depending on your folks, I'd recommend an iPhone.  It can do all the above, and they're pretty user friendly.



zoomer96 #5 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 03:52

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Had android for awhile now.  It's OK.  I like it best because I don't have to use apple products.  That being said The Iphone and Ipad is a great platform I know people that swear by them.  But it's too expensive.  You can get an android much cheaper.  Personally I don't like proprietary systems.  Us seniors do just fine with android.

HOTA_CHATON #6 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 04:11

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View PostBaconMeLoveIt, on Dec 07 2017 - 19:49, said:

So I need to replace my parents' smartphone (BlackBerry Q10).

 

Senior friendly smartphone?

 

Parents are not tech savvy.

 

EDIT: Thank you for the responses.

 

There are companies out there that specialize in this type of thing, if you look it up on the web.

BaconMeLoveIt #7 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 04:11

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View PostKamahl1234, on Dec 07 2017 - 18:02, said:

Will they have data? Do other family or friends have predominantly Iphones? If the latter is yes, then I'd say Iphone, but if the former is true it's nice to go with a cheaper android device as you can limit the data usage via the settings for them, so it never goes over (many plans have some data at least). 

 

Though with them being not tech savvy, there's still a number of Androids to use, iOS is easy to use as it's designed to be user friendly and the same from phone to phone, so help is easier from others. 

 

 

Really, the defining thing is price that is being spent on the phones as to the models I'd recommend, and are you getting them contract based or bought outright? I worked for a phone company for about a year and recommended many phones to people, so it may help to know these things. 

 

On top of this, is there particular reasons for smartphones other than they used the Q10? Do they want another smartphone or a basic phone?

 

Predominantly Android and all smartphones in the family has data; though it does not matter much if they go over it. Someone in the family do have an iPad.

 

But we they mostly use Facebook, taking photos, video streaming, and the normal things such as phone calls.

 

I'm choosing between Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6/7 Plus (just for the sake of future software upgrades from Apple).

 

BlackBerry Q10? Initially, they were not used to touchscreens. However, bought an Android tablet, also on data, for them use after I did the Q10 purchase.

 

 

 


Edited by BaconMeLoveIt, Dec 08 2017 - 04:13.


TsarCidron #8 Posted Dec 08 2017 - 04:46

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to me, the big concern would be screen size.  Make sure its big enough to read whats on the screen.   My phone is a bit dated, but I like it for that reason (screen size).  Sure, it has its quirks.  Screen size (6in x 3in) was the thing that sold me.  

 

Seniors arent going to care much about memory (as long as it works), gadgets, loaded software (bloatware?) or games.  Just give them a phone, easily workable calling features, and the ability to see whats being displayed.  Seniors dont really see it as a portable computer or anything.  Its a phone.  They may not even care if its Android or IOS. 

 

Also, if its parents (the plural, thus multiple phones) - get the same phone, but different cases.  Let them teach each other their discoveries. 



Rikiri_Kardo #9 Posted Dec 12 2017 - 22:17

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Hey there, if you're still looking for opinions, here's mine.. First, I'm in my 60s, so while I have no idea how it happened to me I guess I'm a senior myself now , I have an Android powered phone myself. It's an LG X Power, fairly intuitive to use.

 

My wife had a cheap Samsung I think it was that was confusing as heck, big red and blue tiles popping up all the time, I had a hard time helping her. So as the poster before me suggested, we got her the same phone as mine, but she finds it easier to use and doesn't ask for as much help.

 

A nice big screen is good, because yeah, eyesight fails. I prefer the digital keyboard myself. I had resisted it, didn't think I'd like it, so several years ago got a Blackberry type with a real keyboard... bad idea. Those buttons are too tiny for fat old fingers that aren't used to typing on a tiny device.

 

Hope this isn't too late to help. Good luck!







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