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    My grandmother is thinking about getting a smartphone, but she is worried that she will not know how to use it.

    Is there a phone with a simplified version of android on it? Possibly one geared toward seniors?

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    They just made a phone geared towards woman, haha. Jokes aside.

    IPhone!! ok really, I would say an HTC Phone. (I do not own, or have really used one)
    HTC sense adds some nice modifications to android.
    -Like the big phone button in the middle-bottom.
    -The pull down notification adds quick access to the wifi/gps/airplane toggles.

    Though I guess the wall paper changed could be a bit more complicated.

    Perhaps a phone that you know how to use? Whats better then the Grandchild teaching their grandparents how to use current tech? ^.^
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    Try Big Launcher: https://market.android.com/details?i...ncher.activity

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    Smartphones are complicated. If she really wants one, though, I recommend an iPhone. The UI is much friendlier and more forgiving to the tech-illiterate.

    Consider also when guiding her decision if you're making the choice that you would make for yourself or that's really best for her. Make sure she gets something she'll love, not something you'd love for her to have.
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    Hi,
    There is a new app for seniors named: WisePhone
    Try it , i think this is exactly what U R looking 4
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    I would agree that the iPhone is geared towards senior citizens lol seriously though its one that has a very simple UI ok this really is not a dig at the iphone :-P

    Or there is apps that have been mentioned, Samsung with the S4 and no doubt the S5 have an easy mode that well makes things easy.

    The choice is yours :-)

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    Samsung smartphones have the EASY MODE.

    She will love it

    Below is a screen shot of my galaxy note 3 in easy mode.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlo Villa View Post
    Samsung smartphones have the EASY MODE.

    She will love it

    Below is a screen shot of my galaxy note 3 in easy mode.

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/a9a4yru9.jpg

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    Came here to say this. Samsung phones have an easy mode. That will help her get used to using a smartphone. Then if she later decides she is ready for a "full strenthg" smartphone experience, it is as simple as changing a setting instead of having to buy a whole new phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakedubvt View Post
    My grandmother is thinking about getting a smartphone, but she is worried that she will not know how to use it.

    Is there a phone with a simplified version of android on it? Possibly one geared toward seniors?

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    The smart phone for seniors is called the iPhone. No easy mode required.
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    If she gets an iPhone though, have her wait for the iPhone 6 to see if it's bigger than the predecessors. Because senior eyesight is not compatible with tiny screens, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlo Villa View Post
    Samsung smartphones have the EASY MODE.

    She will love it

    Below is a screen shot of my galaxy note 3 in easy mode.

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/a9a4yru9.jpg
    Looks good.
    Unfortunately that is only one of 5 homescreens. That's waaay too confusing for 'my' senior before they've even dived in to try and use an app. And far to many buttons/icons to (accidentally) press and create a panic.

    I would love to find a solution for this, however, because I would love to be able to track 'my senior' in case of emergency. Alzheimers is around the corner, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsweety View Post
    Looks good.
    Unfortunately that is only one of 5 homescreens. That's waaay too confusing for 'my' senior before they've even dived in to try and use an app. And far to many buttons/icons to (accidentally) press and create a panic.

    I would love to find a solution for this, however, because I would love to be able to track 'my senior' in case of emergency. Alzheimers is around the corner, after all.
    One of three. SImple mode takes it down to three
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdevenberg View Post
    One of three. SImple mode takes it down to three
    On my SGNote1 it's 5 homescreens, of which 2 are empty = more reason for confusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsweety View Post
    On my SGNote1 it's 5 homescreens, of which 2 are empty = more reason for confusion.
    If you look at his screenshot, you can clearly see from the home screen indicators that there are only 3. Samsung must have changed it in the past 2.5 years since the original Note came out
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    Maybe it's me, but I don't see that screenshot you allude to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsweety View Post
    Maybe it's me, but I don't see that screenshot you allude to.
    It's you. The screenshot is in post #11.

    Edit: oops, that's actually post #7.

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    See!
    It's always the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsweety View Post
    See!
    It's always the same.
    Lol

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    Since the thread title is 'Android phone for seniors', I would suggest the Moto X. That will be a device that should last quite some time.

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    Have you considered a Windows Phone? Pretty simple.
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    If someone can help a senior set up and keep the phone updated, any phone would work.

    My brother suggested to my dad an android phone. My brother had a Samsung S3. My dad got the same. We both help him with it when he needs it. He's 70. He likes it. Doesn't use it much so won't upgrade because it's still in good condition.

    iPhone are easy to learn and use, but if you don't know teach it'll be hard. For example, I suggested to a coworker send a photo to her work email and print there as we have great printers. She came back to me 5 minutes later to show her how. I had no idea, but figured it out.
    Same with windows phones as I had a friend whose husband had to help her and I had trouble with it, but that was years ago the new ones may be better.

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