How to choose a smartphone for an elderly person

The smartphone market offers a wide variety of options. However, most of them will not be able to give the mother or grandmother - too complicated management, fragile body, small characters. To choose a smartphone for the elderly, it is better to follow certain rules. Below will be described about them, as well as the 10 most successful models for pensioners.

Smartphone Requirements for the Elderly

In the modern world, even the most age categories of people want to stay in touch and enjoy all the benefits of the latest technologies. Smartphone for retirees should have a number of criteria that distinguish it from the usual gadgets.


A smartphone for elderly parents should be as easy to use as possible.The philosophy here is simple - as few as possible "frills", complex functions, as easy to learn as possible and the most friendly GUI. Not every age user will want to learn the basics of using modern wearable device from scratch. Therefore, the simpler the better.

 Girl with old woman


Of course, the gadget just has to be comfortable. If the phone case is too big and slippery, an elderly person may accidentally drop it. If, on the contrary, it is very small, then it will also be very problematic to disassemble small numbers and letters on the screen. It is important to find a compromise.

Tip! Convenience is very subjective, and requirements can vary greatly. It is best to interview an elderly relative in advance about his preferences and ideas about the smartphone.

Large characters

The problem with myopia (myopia), a fairly common phenomenon, especially in old age. A gadget with large letters on the screen would be preferable if the future owner doesn’t see well at a distance. You need to make sure that the device can adjust the size of fonts from medium to large.

 Large characters

Voice dialing

Another newfangled, but very popular feature.Not every user will find it useful, but some older people are more comfortable. dial a phone number with your own voice, rather than press the buttons or poke your fingers into the screen.

Emergency call button

A function whose value is difficult to overestimate. Its presence can one day save the life of its owner. There are times when dialing the number of a loved one is simply not possible. For such cases, there is an emergency connection. By pressing a single button, an elderly person will thereby give an alarm to the assigned phone number, and the relative will be able to respond properly.

Below are ten models that best meet the requirements described.

10. ONEXT Care-Phone 6

Budget smartphone for the elderly from a company that specializes in relevant technology. The cost of the device is only 2100 rubles. The gadget is a comfortable and functional clamshell, on the lid of which is an emergency call button. The case is presented only in black. There is alternate support for two SIM cards. Bright 2.4-inch screen for high color reproduction.There is also a camera with a resolution of 0.1 MP. Unfortunately, there are no flash units, but you can record short videos. There is a radio that can work without headphones, as well as support for mp3. For the memory card has a separate slot.

 ONEXT Care-Phone 6

Important! 1000 mAh rechargeable battery provides long battery life. A significant advantage is the ability to replace the battery.

Of the additional features should be noted availability of hands-free and bright good flashlight. A great option for those who are looking for an inexpensive, but at the same time, gallant device as a gift for mom.

  • affordable price;
  • nice design;
  • strong body;
  • simple menu;
  • bright flashlight;
  • capacious battery;
  • there is a radio.
  • mediocre camera;
  • poor equipment;
  • no voice input.

ONEXT Care-Phone 6 on Yandex Market

9. Ginzzu MB505

Rating smartphone for the elderly in 2018 continues to inexpensive device from the popular firm "Ginzu." The most important advantage of the device is its price. For 950 rubles, the user gets a full-featured phone with large buttons, a fairly bright screen and a sturdy case.. There is a constant high demand for the model.

The device is sold in two colors, the usual black and red. The weight of the gadget is only 80 grams. The bright and well readable TFT display of 1,77 inches in size allows to distinguish large characters without effort. The device recognizes 64-tone polyphony. Of the additional features can be noted Bluetooth and PC connectivity. The volume of its own memory is quite small, only 30 mb. But this disadvantage can be corrected with a memory card of up to 16 GB.

 Ginzzu MB505

Text entry is possible with a built-in dictionary. The phone can send one message to several recipients. There is a function of auto-dialing, as well as an audio indicator of call time and a flashlight. Despite its apparent simplicity, the device has own task scheduler, and calculator, and alarm clock. A very interesting option for those who are looking for the most simple and affordable device for an elderly person. There is everything you need for quick and timely communication.

  • the most affordable price;
  • long work from one charge;
  • there is an automatic redial;
  • sending the text of the message to several recipients;
  • strong body;
  • two color options;
  • synchronization with PC.
  • small display size;
  • one sim card;
  • no camera.

Ginzzu MB505 on Yandex Market

8. Xiaomi Redmi 6 3 / 32GB

The eighth line is occupied by the smartphone for the elderly in 2018 from the company Xiaomi. The cost of the smartphone is 9890 rubles. A total of four colors are offered, blue, yellow, gray and black. There is support of two sim cards of nano format, with an alternating principle of work. The weight of the device is 145 grams. IPS-matrix perfectly conveys colors and has good viewing angles. The screen size is 5.45 inches. The aspect ratio is 18 to 9.

Tip! The operating system allows you to easily customize the device for the needs of a particular person. If necessary, you can leave only icons on your desktop, by clicking on which, a call will be made to the specified number.

 Xiaomi Redmi 6 3 / 32GB

Some senior citizens are interested in photography. Just in this case, the device has a dual main camera with a resolution of 12/5 Mp. Front-line 5 MP suitable for creating self-portrait and selfie with grandchildren. there is fourth generation network support. The amount of memory is 32 GB. RAM 3 GB, enough for any requests. With the help of a capacious 3000 mAh battery, you can do without recharging for more than a day. The perfect solution for active retirees,wishing to touch high tech.

  • affordable price;
  • several color options;
  • interesting design;
  • large screen;
  • good performance;
  • high-quality camera;
  • convenient, not overloaded interface.
  • to configure the OS you need the help of a more experienced user;
  • low autonomy;
  • The battery may become warm during prolonged charging.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 3 / 32GB on Yandex Market


If you need to buy a grandmother smartphone, you should pay attention to the model from the company "Senseyt". She ranks seventh in the ranking. The gadget is available in two colors, black and gray. The cost of the device is only 4990 rubles. The issue price remains very significant for most pensioners. It is doubly pleased that the device is quite accessible.

Smartphone is made from strong metal with a dusting paint. There is support for two SIM cards in alternate mode. The weight of the device is 185 grams. IPS-matrix supports multitouch and is made by capacitive technology. Screen size is 5.2 inches. The aspect ratio is 16 to 9. The main 8 megapixel camera is capable of taking very high-quality pictures, there is even autofocus. Frontalka has a resolution of 5 megapixels.The case has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.


In addition to the above, The gadget supports 4G and satellite navigation system. The size of the preinstalled memory is 8 GB, RAM 1 GB. The 3000 mAh battery is able to work without recharging for one and a half days with moderate use. A great solution for novice age users.

  • great price;
  • strong body;
  • good camera;
  • capacious battery;
  • good camera;
  • current OS;
  • There is a voice dialing.
  • little disk space;
  • weak processor, prone to overheating;
  • fingerprint sensor is prone to false positives.

SENSEIT T250 on Yandex Market

6. FlyLifeMega

In sixth place is an inexpensive smartphone from the company “Fly”. The device is sold at a price of 5560 rubles. This is one of the most affordable touch phones in the ranking.. The device comes in two colors, black and yellow. The model is running Android OS 7.0. For ease of management there are two touch buttons. Sim cards are also two: micro sim and nano sim. Mode of operation, according to tradition, alternating. The weight of the smartphone is 178 grams.


Color capacitive IPS-matrix has a size of 5.7 inches.The aspect ratio of the screen is 18: 9. The resolution of the main camera is 8 MP, the front camera is 2 MP. For lovers of radio on the case there is 3.5 mm headphone jack. The device supports high-speed traffic exchange in the networks of the fourth generation. Permanent memory 8 GB, RAM 1 GB. Additionally, you can install a memory card up to 32 GB. On the smartphone there is a proximity sensor. There is also a voice dialing, as well as a bright flashlight.

With a 2800 mAh lithium-ion battery, you can do without recharging up to one and a half days. A great solution for all older users who want to get acquainted with the advantages of the Android OS. Easy to learn and fairly inexpensive device.

  • affordable price;
  • low power consumption;
  • good screen;
  • voice dialing;
  • there is a flashlight;
  • strong body;
  • several options for body colors.
  • frontal photo module of poor quality;
  • poor supply;
  • Screen protection is quickly covered with a network of minor scratches.

FlyLifeMega on Yandex Market

5. PrestigioMuze X5 LTE

In fifth place is a great smartphone for an older person from the company "Prestige". This brand has gained wide popularity in the CIS, mainly due to its affordable price.The considered model is sold at retail for 4490 rubles. The user can choose two body colors, yellow and black. The device is controlled by Android OS version 7.0. On the front of the screen is present two touch buttons. Management of two micro SIM cards occurs alternately. The weight of the device is 175 grams.

 PrestigioMuze X5 LTE

Bright color IPS-matrix size of 5 inches made by capacitive technology. The aspect ratio is 16: 9. The device, despite the affordable price, supports 4th generation networks. There is also a built-in satellite navigation module. The device has 8 GB of RAM, only 1 GB of RAM. It is possible to install a memory card up to 32 GB. Thanks to the lithium-polymer battery for 2400 mAh, the device is able to work a whole day without recharging. Of the additional options there is a flashlight and voice dialing. A great option for someone who needs the simplest smartphone with support for basic functions.

  • affordable price;
  • productive processor;
  • convenient menu;
  • bright screen;
  • voice control;
  • the presence of a bright flashlight;
  • classic design.
  • echo in dynamics (quite often the subscriber hears his own voice);
  • mediocre photomodule;
  • heats up under load.

PrestigioMuze X5 LTE on Yandex Market

4. BB-mobile VOIIS GPS

In fourth place is a gadget with large buttons. It will suit everyone who has vision problems. The price tag on the phone is within 5400 rubles. The form of the apparatus is classic, monoblock. A distinctive feature is the large buttons that occupy most of the front panel. The gadget works with only one SIM card. The screen is colored, with a resolution of 128 by 160. You can set polyphonic ringtones on the bell, as well as connect the vibration. The photomodule is missing, but there is a radio.

 BB-mobile VOIIS GPS

On a note! The Internet connection is carried out using the GPRS protocol, however, the owner is unlikely to use the device to access the worldwide network. To do this, the phone is too small screen, and the connection speed will be far from the generally accepted standards today.

The device is synchronized with the PC via USB. You can install a memory card up to 32 GB. The 900 mAh battery allows you to do without a power outlet for a long time. Of the additional features there is a bright flashlight. Separately, I want to praise convenient emergency button, which can be found even by touch.A wonderful solution for older people with myopia.

  • strong body;
  • large buttons;
  • long work on one charge;
  • there is a flashlight;
  • inexpensive;
  • bright screen;
  • there is an alarm clock.
  • no camera;
  • only one color;
  • output phone from "sleep" by pressing two buttons, which is difficult for the elderly.

BB-mobile VOIIS GPS on Yandex Market

3. SigmamobileComfort 50 Light

Three leaders opens the device from the company "Sigma". This is one of the best solutions for older people on the market. The device is easy to learn, has large buttons, a durable case and simple controls. The cost of the gadget is 1845 rubles. The device is positioned as a means of communication for age users.

Management is carried out by navigation key. The device supports only one SIM card. The weight of the device is equal to 92 grams. The 1.8-inch contrast color display has a resolution of 128 by 160. There is support for polyphonic calls, as well as a vibrating alert. The camera is missing, but there is an FM radio and mp3 player. Gadget does not support internet access. You can connect a memory card up to 16 GB. On the case there is a flashlight.The battery size is 1100 mAh, this is enough for several days of work without recharging.

 SigmamobileComfort 50 Light

Important! It should be noted the case, made of fairly durable plastic, resistant to unexpected drops.

In the delivery set, in addition to the device itself, there is a good headset, a cradle and visual instruction. A great option for a gift to an elderly relative.

  • inexpensive;
  • durable case;
  • convenient and clear control;
  • bright buttons;
  • convenient navigation key;
  • special series for the elderly;
  • Included is a headset.
  • no internet access;
  • no camera;
  • The radio only works in headphones.

SigmamobileComfort 50 Light on Yandex Market

2. teXet TM-B450

In second place is a touchscreen smartphone, which is best given to a mom wearing glasses. The gadget has a large font, a bright screen with rich, saturated colors, especially so that an elderly person can easily parse the text. The cost of the device is 2295 rubles. The device works with a single SIM card. Its weight is only 96 grams. The bright touchscreen display is 2.8 inches. The resolution is 320 by 240, which is quite enough for comfortable use.Viewing angles, though not the maximum, but do not cause complaints when working with the device.

 teXet TM-B450

64-tone polyphony and mp3-ringing tones are supported. The device is equipped 1.3 megapixel small camera. You can even record short videos on it. Internet access is provided via WAP. The case has a slot for memory cards up to 16 GB. The capacity of the battery is 1000 mAh, and this is quite enough for long work in a mixed mode of use. There is a bright flashlight. Of the additional features should be noted emergency call button with reference to any number. A wonderful solution for anyone who wants to introduce their elderly relatives to touchscreen smartphones.

  • strong plastic body;
  • classic shape;
  • high-quality screen;
  • simplified menu in the form of simple schematic icons;
  • SOS button;
  • proven brand;
  • affordable price;
  • the presence of photomodule.
  • the sound quality of the headphones from the kit;
  • flashlight quickly puts the battery;
  • quick access buttons do not have a flexible system of settings.

teXet TM-B450 on Yandex Market

1. Philips S327 1 / 8GB

The best smartphone for the elderly in 2018 in today's ranking is represented by Philips.This is the best solution for those who do not need a strong technical stuffing and a high-resolution camera. The device is perfect for age users who want to learn more about the Android OS. The cost of the device is 5906 rubles.

Phone supports the work of two SIM cards in alternate mode. The weight of the device is 167 grams. Color IPS-matrix has a physical size of 5.5 inches. Aspect ratio 16 to 9, there is support for HD. The main 8 megapixel camera is equipped with autofocus. The front camera can make simple selfies, but you should not expect miracles from it. On the upper side of the case is a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is LTE and GPS support. There is a voice control. There is also a flashlight flashlight. Permanent memory 8 GB, RAM 1 GB. If you wish to store information, you can connect a memory card up to 32 GB.

 Philips S327 1 / 8GB

Important! The gadget is equipped with a 3000 mAh capacity battery. This is quite enough for a couple of days of work without recharging. If the device is in standby mode for a long time, the life will be even longer.

The best option to start working on Android for an elderly person. Deserved first place ranking.

  • famous brand;
  • affordable price;
  • capacious battery;
  • classic appearance;
  • there is control by voice;
  • there is satellite navigation;
  • there is an infrared port.
  • little free space in the system;
  • not enough RAM;
  • mediocre picture quality.

Philips S327 1 / 8GB on Yandex Market


Choose a smartphone for an elderly person is not so difficult. The main thing is to listen to his requests and be guided by simple criteria with which the device must comply. You should not get a fancy model of the latest revision, not making sure that the age user is familiar with the basics of the work of similar smartphones.

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