Best phones for the elderly 2020 | easy to use mobile phones

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Looking for a phone that’s straightforward to use? Maybe you’ve got an older relative who’s in the market for a new handset, but doesn’t need one with all the latest features? To help you pick the right model, we’ve listed our top phones for the elderly on this page

Let’s be honest, for the non-tech-savvy and those who are a bit older, flagship smartphones can be a bit of a puzzle.

Sure, cutting-edge cameras are all well and good. And we’re suitably impressed with a powerful processor, too. But what if you just want a fuss-free handset with stripped-down features? Perhaps you need a larger screen or a device that’s compatible with hearing aids, for instance.

Fortunately, if any of these scenarios apply to you or a loved one, there are plenty of options available.

Binatone M250

Binatone M250

The Binatone M250 was designed with older people in mind. In fact, the company says it models its smartphones on its landline products, so if you’re okay using a home phone, you should find the M250 a breeze.

It’s basic features include an SOS emergency alarm function with three numbers to call in the event of an emergency, ‘talking buttons’ that’ll speak out the number you tap in and a simple, 1-8-inch LCD screen so numbers and contacts really stand-out.

It’s also keenly priced. In fact, it’s ideal for those on a budget – you can pick one up from Amazon, for example, for less than £30.

Doro PhoneEasy 5516

Doro PhoneEasy 5516

If you want a budget handset that keeps things simple, the Doro PhoneEasy 5516 is well worth a look.

It’s got a ton of easy to use features, plus a 2.4-inch display and 2-megapixel camera. Other notable features include hearing aid compatibility and an emergency call button for extra peace of mind. And unlike today’s flagship handsets, it’s also got a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Like we say, if you’re looking for the latest tech, this won’t be the handset for you – you’d be better off going for something newer. But if you’re on a budget and want an easy-to-use handset without any fuss and bother, it’s a great option.

Doro PhoneEasy 6520

Doro PhoneEasy 6520

Sticking with Doro, the PhoneEasy 6520 sports an-easy-to-use keypad that’s spaced out well enough so all of the buttons stand out and the phone is easy to use. Plus, the phone also sports a 2.8-inch screen that’s big enough to send texts and scroll through your contact list without any bother.

You’ll also be able to use the internet with the built-in web browser, access your emails and benefit from enhanced sound if you’re hard of hearing. It’s also got hearing aid support, too.

Lastly, the Doro PhoneEasy 6520 comes with a 800mAh battery that will supply up to 8 hours of talk time.

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 phones

Remember the Nokia 3310? Back in the early 2000s, it was one of the most popular smartphones around.

The newest version of this stalwart handset retains the original’s sturdy design, and provides up to 22 hours worth of talk time on a single charge. It also boasts a simple camera, plus a web browser and the popular Snake video game.

Although the buttons aren’t the biggest, the phone itself is still very easy to use and sports a fair-sized, 2.4-inch screen, too.

iPhone SE

iPhone SE 2020 edition

Of course, just because someone is over a certain age doesn’t mean they’re not tech savvy. So for those looking for an easy to use handset with some of the latest specs and features, the iPhone SE 2020 edition is an excellent choice.

First-off, it’s practical to use and, unlike most Apple handsets that came out in 2020, it doesn’t cost a small fortune.

One of its most impressive features is the inclusion of the A13 Bionic chip – Apple’s most powerful processor. And the SE 2020 takes a great snap too, thanks to a 12-megapixel single camera which Apple says is the best single camera system in any iPhone.

The SE sports a 1,821mAh battery and you can pick up the phone in three storage variants: 64GB, 128GB and 125GB.