Whether you’re planning on buying a mobile phone for an elderly person or someone who is visually impaired, many of today’s modern smartphones simply aren’t appropriate. Big button phones can offer ease of use as well as much improved battery life. But which are among the best on the market?
Screen size: 2.4 inch
Max battery life: 8 hours talk time/500 hours standby
This compact mobile phone has a clear colour 2.4 inch display, making it easy to see who is being dialed. In fact, text is size adjustable. As with many big button phones, the Doro 5516 can offer simplicity. Making calls and sending texts is easy. What’s more this handset has the added bonus of 3G internet connectivity allowing checking of emails and even social media!
One great feature of the Doro 5516 is the dedicated buttons which mean that there’s no need for confusing menus. Dedicated buttons allow easy access to the 2MP camera, favourite contacts, text messages and even a torch. The battery of this handset lasts up to 500 hours on standby and up to 8 hours of talk time. The phone is compatible with hearing aids and the ringtone volume can be set to a very high volume to avoid any missed calls!
Screen size: 4.5 inch
Max battery life: 13 hours talk time/600 hours standby
If you’re looking for a smartphone that is modern without being weighed down by unnecessary gadgets, consider the Doro 8030. Affordable and accessible to those new to smartphones, it features a big 4.5 inch display which makes reading, typing and browsing easy. With a simple navigation system, it’s easy to get around with the various action-based functions.
A handset of study build quality, the Doro 8030 features a 5MP camera which is by far the best of the phones recommended in this article. A particularly clever feature of this handset is the special assistance button which is located on the back. One press will call a designated person from the phonebook and send them your location. The handset comes with a charging dock which cleverly turns the device into a speaker phone. It’s therefore possible to make and take calls while charging. Not that charging will often be needed – the Doro 8030 has excellent battery life of up to 13 hours talk time and 600 hours on standby.
Screen size: 2.4 inch
Max battery life: 12 hours talk time/533 hours standby
Ease of use is one of the primary reasons to choose the Doro PhoneEasy 612. The initial setup is simple while the enlarged, concaved buttons make both typing and dialing less troublesome! The 2.4 inch colour screen is crisp and clear for comfortable reading. What’s more, dedicated buttons allow quick and convenient access to text messages and to the 2MP camera. All of this contributes to the PhoneEasy 612’s stress-free experience.
A strong battery ensures that regular charges are just not necessary with the PhoneEasy 612. Not only is this handset easy to use, it’s also hearing aid compatible. There’s even an easy-access assistance button in case of emergency. With it being a flip phone it’s one of the more compact big-button handsets on the market. Overall, this is a good choice for those who simply want the no-frills of making calls and sending texts.
Screen size: 1.7 inch
Max battery life: Unknown
The Binatone M250 is a big button phone that is simple to use from the very first moment of setup. This handset is ideal for anyone who struggles with technology or simply doesn’t want or need all of the bells and whistles of modern-day mobile phones. The menu is quick and easy to navigate so making calls and sending text messages is no problem. A 1.7 inch color LCD display provides a clear and comfortable viewing experience.
The keyboard itself is big and is backlit which makes for much easier viewing. What’s more, the keys feature ‘talking numbers’ providing assurance that the right keys are being pressed! Phone features include an integrated LED torch as well as an SOS button which allows quick contact with three chosen contacts in case of emergency. For simple call and text message use, the Binatone M250 is a solid choice.
Screen size: 2.2 inch
Max battery life: 3.1 hours talk time/25 days standby
A flip phone from Samsung, the Jitterbug Plus comes with solid build quality and some useful features. The high resolution of the 2.2 inch display makes text look nice and sharp. Meanwhile there is a small 1.3 inch external screen that displays the time and date when the phone is closed. The exterior of the phone includes a small light that flashes when a call is received.
The large and easy-to-read keypad makes navigating menus very simple. Keys have raised edges which make them slightly easier to press. The keypad itself has simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ buttons which makes the navigation process more understandable. As with many big button phones there are only a handful of features. One of these features is a 1.3MP camera which allows photos to be uploaded directly to Facebook.
Screen size: 1.7 inch
Max battery life: 3-4 hours talk time/8-10 days standby
As the name suggests, the Big Friendly Phone is indeed big and friendly! The keys of this handset are large and easy to press. There is an option to have the phone read the numbers back as they’re dialed which very convenient for those who are visually impaired. The phone’s menu is extremely simple and certain features can even be disabled to make it even easier.
The Big Friendly Phone can’t boast much in the way of features – there’s no camera for example. However there is an FM radio and audio player as well as a torch. More importantly, you can find an SOS button on the back of the phone which will call numbers of your choosing in case of an emergency.
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