Smartphones For the ‘Older’ Generation

By: Adam Cable on

We’re so used to seeing smartphones that do amazing things and are lighter, smaller, more technical and packed with so much technology that even geeks don’t know what to do with them but what about the older generation? Most people that remember when the first mobile phones came out will smirk at memories of huge handsets, in-car phones and why shoulder pads came in handy for the said handsets! However, with the newer smartphones and their shiny, glass screens it can be a little unnerving to figure out how to make a phone call.

Gone are the days when you punched in a few numbers and called your friends. Now you can speak the name and it calls their number for you, or you can email them if you wanted. As older-style phones aren’t really on our shelves any more, here are a few pointers to look out for if you’re buying a smartphone for an elderly relative:

Interface

Choose a simple interface. One that is easy to read, use and see. It’s no good if you have apps sprawled across many screens and you have to click through to different screens just to do a simple task. A large on-screen keyboard is a must, too. Apple iPhone 4S phones have Siri, which is a voice-activated personal assistant that can help with many menial tasks without having to find it on the phone yourself. Windows Phones have large tiles that are easy to see and can be customised for the user.

Large Screen

Unfortunately, we still have to wait for the iPhone 5 which will have a much larger screen, but there are many options from Samsung, such as the Galaxy SIII and the Note, which is a tablet PC. These larger devices have a stylus that is an electric pen which makes it easier to accurately get through the screens.

Which Handset?

Although you will most likely want a lightweight phone that has a large screen, the added weight of the screen will cause it to be bulky. Samsung phones can be a little irksome to a new user, but Apple’s products tend to be the easiest to use and most intuitive.

At the moment, there is the Sony Xperia U and the HTC Desire C which are lightweight but it’s the Samsung Galaxy SIII that is the latest phone that an elderly person would be suited to if it wasn’t for Apple.

The Apple iPhone 4S wins the day from its bigger screen and easy to use interface. It’s packed with goodies but it never forgets that it’s a phone. Using the voice activation you can save time and effort from scrolling through screens and it is essentially the best phone out there. As a result of the new iPhone 5 coming out soon, there are many iPhone 4S deals that are available. If that’s too much for you then there are iPhone 4 deals from Mobile Phone Checker – the site that compares all of the latest smartphones on the market today!

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The UK has four licenced network operators: EE, Telefonica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone providing services using a variety of mobile technologies.

There are a number of other companies that provide mobile network services such as Tesco, giffgaff and Virgin. These are known as MVNO (mobile virtual network operators) which lease network capability from one of the four licenced operators.

These are all listed below so you can determine which of the four network operators provides service.

EE O2 Three Vodafone
ASDA giffgaff Shebang Sainsburys
EE O2 Three Talkmobile
Orange Tesco Mobile Vodafone
Virgin Mobile
T-Mobile
100MB of data a month gives you roughly 3MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 4 webpages
• read 20 emails
• share 5 photos
10GB of data a month gives you roughly 330MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 90 minutes of video
13GB of data a month gives you roughly 430MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 250 photos on facebook
• watch 120 minutes of video
150MB of data a month gives you roughly 5MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 6 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 10 photos
1GB of data a month gives you roughly 30MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 50 photos on facebook
• watch 5 minutes of video
2.5GB of data a month gives you roughly 85MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 15 minutes of video
200MB of data a month gives you roughly 6MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 8 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 15 photos
20GB of data a month gives you roughly 650MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 100 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 500 photos on facebook
• watch 180 minutes of video
250MB of data a month gives you roughly 8MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 10 webpages
• read 30 emails
• share 20 photos
2GB of data a month gives you roughly 65MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 100 photos on facebook
• watch 12 minutes of video
300MB of data a month gives you roughly 10MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 12 webpages
• read 40 emails
• share 25 photos
350MB of data a month gives you roughly 12MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 14 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 25 photos
3GB of data a month gives you roughly 100MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 20 minutes of video
4GB of data a month gives you roughly 130MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 30 minutes of video
500MB of data a month gives you roughly 16MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 30 photos on facebook
• watch 1 minute of video
50GB of data a month gives you roughly 1600MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 1500 webpages
• read 500 emails
• share 4000 photos on facebook
• watch 180 minutes of video
50MB of data a month gives you roughly 2MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 2 webpages
• read 10 emails
• share 0 photos
5GB of data a month gives you roughly 160MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 40 minutes of video
600MB of data a month gives you roughly 20MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 30 photos on facebook
• watch 2 minutes of video
6GB of data a month gives you roughly 200MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 50 minutes of video
750MB of data a month gives you roughly 25MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 20 webpages
• read 50 emails
• share 50 photos on facebook
• watch 2 minutes of video
7GB of data a month gives you roughly 230MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 30 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 60 minutes of video
8GB of data a month gives you roughly 260MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 50 webpages
• read 100 emails
• share 150 photos on facebook
• watch 60 minutes of video
Unlimited of data a month gives you roughly 99999MB each day.

To give you an appreciation of what that actually means, you could do all the following each day:

• visit 99999 webpages
• read 99999 emails
• share 99999 photos on facebook
• watch 99999 minutes of video

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