Q: My father is over 70 and has problems with smartphones. Which phone would be ideal for him?
A: The most important factors when choosing a phone for the elderly, especially those who are unfamiliar with technology, are the size of the keyboard and ease of use. However, there are numerous phones that could meet these needs. Just do a Google search for “phones for seniors” and a bunch of options will come up.
To make the selection easier, I asked Microsoft’s new Bing AI tool to identify the best phones for seniors, and it came up with this list, along with these comments:
– The Jitterbug Flip: This is the ultimate phone for seniors who want to keep it simple and classic. The Jitterbug Flip has a large screen, large buttons, a speaker, long battery life and an emergency button. It also comes with a friendly operator service that can help you with everything from making calls to finding a nearby restaurant. The Jitterbug Flip is compatible with any mobile operator and costs just R1,800.
– The iPhone 14: This is the ultimate phone for seniors who want to keep up with the times and trends. The iPhone 14 has a sleek design, an impressive display, a powerful processor and a versatile camera. It also comes with Siri, the voice assistant that can help you with everything from sending messages to playing music. The iPhone 14 is compatible with any carrier and costs R18,000
– The Nokia 3310: This is the ultimate phone for seniors who want to relive their youth and have fun. The Nokia 3310 has a retro design, a sturdy body, long battery life and a legendary game. It also comes with Snake, the addictive game that can keep you entertained for hours. The Nokia 3310 is compatible with any network operator and costs R900.
The Alcatel 2020: This is a phone for seniors that has a large keyboard, drop-in cradle charger, speed dial and an SOS button. It’s easy to use and navigate, and compatible with Vodaco. It costs R499.
The Doro 7030: This is a clamshell phone for seniors with a large screen, large buttons, loud sound, a camera and an emergency button. It also has internet access and whatsapp. It is compatible with any carrier and costs R1,999.
The Emporia Smart 3: This is a smartphone for seniors that has a touchscreen, a stylus, a physical home button, and an emergency call button. It also has a simplified interface, a voice assistant and a magnifying glass. It is compatible with any mobile operator and costs R3,499.
As Bing told me, the best phone for seniors depends on their personal preferences and needs. There is no universal answer.