1. filking762's Avatar

    I am looking for advice on a new phone to buy for my dad who is 80 in a couple of weeks for his birthday. (Hence urgent.....)
    I have no idea where to look to be honest, but hopefully someone may know or point me in the right direction. Someone else out there may have an elderly person who has an ***** proof one. (no offense dad.. )

    The phone needs -

    Android (any version, doesn't matter)
    Camera (no preference on MP)
    and BIG buttons to press to make a call.

    All he needs to do is call and take pictures. The GPS is for us to track him just in case.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    *Edit* It starred out the word 'I D I O T' above for some reason. I wasn't swearing...
    07-29-2013 02:33 PM
  2. Shadowriver's Avatar
    You will hard time to search any android phone with physical buttons to pick up calls now days, Android still supports those buttons but only old phones had them, like Google G1 or G2, so i would search for some old android phone. Other solution would be learn you dad to use headphones physical buttons to pick up calls... but then he would need to use headphones

    You might also try to find some phone specially design for elders.... but not android, you might find one with GPS tracking functions if you try hard, there ton of them now days and they pretty cheap, not to mention they a lot easier to use for elders
    07-29-2013 04:15 PM
  3. filking762's Avatar
    Thanks. I have been looking around but so hard to actually find and 'hold' a device to test it. It's my fault for leaving so late.

    I didn't actually mean have big buttons, but big buttons on the screen. (some things he will have to learn). So there might be an app for that. I'll look.
    Headphones is just another thing for him to carry.

    I think (with his current learning ability) it would be very hard to teach him a new system like android, but with just the basics and no other apps it might be possible.
    Shame, there might be a big market for devices for older people, that don't want all the other cool stuff we like. ie, he will NEVER play candy crush on it. Just the basics. (PS, I HATE CANDY CRUSH!!)

    I'll keep looking, cheers.
    07-29-2013 04:27 PM
  4. Shadowriver's Avatar
    Oh then you could use any android phone there apps for big button UIs Like big laucher:


    If you looking some bolder phones you might try out traveler phones they usally a lot bolder, also the older the model the bolder it is
    07-29-2013 04:39 PM
  5. filking762's Avatar
    looking now, thanks
    07-29-2013 04:47 PM
  6. filking762's Avatar
    If you looking some bolder phones you might try out traveler phones they usally a lot bolder
    Don't happen to have a link to those do you?
    07-29-2013 04:49 PM
  7. Shadowriver's Avatar
    i remember there was Samsung for travel that was bold, water proof and had physical buttons but i forgot the name. But considering you need any phone then just search for right one

    this might help you out to search for specific features ;] Phone Finder - search for a phone by feature - GSMArena.com
    07-29-2013 04:55 PM
  8. filking762's Avatar
    Super job. Cheers fella, I'm on it.

    (What nice people there are on here.. )
    07-29-2013 05:01 PM
  9. Scott Kenyon's Avatar
    Maybe get something with a big screen and halfway decent camera. +1 on big launcher. Install that before gifting.

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    07-29-2013 11:26 PM
  10. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Super job. Cheers fella, I'm on it.

    (What nice people there are on here.. )
    Many newer Samsungs have an Easy Mode geared toward first time smartphone users and the elderly. You could give that a try.
    07-30-2013 01:20 AM
  11. filking762's Avatar
    Thanks all... I will report back on final purchase and how it pans out...
    07-30-2013 07:28 AM
  12. gone down south's Avatar
    Just get him an iPhone. It'll work, it'll be fairly intuitive at any age, and he'll have a lot of friends with iPhones to all for help if he needs it.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
    07-30-2013 10:56 AM
  13. filking762's Avatar
    There's always one..lol I happen to like my dad so why would I punish him by buying an iPhone ??
    07-30-2013 02:21 PM

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