Best Smartphones for Seniors 2017

These are the five best smartphones for seniors to buy in 2017. This might be your first smartphone, or it might be an upgrade from one that didn’t meet your needs. Either way, this guide will help you pick the best smartphone for your needs and outline why you might want a smartphone like the iPhone, Android or Jitterbug.

If you currently carry a flip phone that offers access to calls and maybe text messages, upgrading to a smartphone can be an intimidating step to take, but with new options that make it easier to use, deliver large font and voice control that works it is an action many seniors are taking.

The list below ranks the best smartphones for seniors in order start with our favorites. We include top of the line models as well as more affordable options that are still great for seniors.

Best Smartphones Seniors

SmartphonePrice OutrightPrice Per Month
iPhone 8 Plus$799$39.50
Samsung Galaxy S7$576$19 to 24.00
Jitterbug Smart$112.49NA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4$279NA
iPhone 7$549.00$22.00
Here are the best smartphones and cell phones for the elderly and seniors.

Most companies offer a 14-day return policy that allows you to use the phone and decide if it is right for you. You can also ask a friend or family member if you can borrow an older smartphone to use without a calling plan just to see how you like it. If you have a WiFi or wireless connection at your house you can try downloading apps, reading the web and other activities.

A smartphone is about much more than constant access to your email. Many users enjoy using a smartphone like those on our best smartphones for seniors list to read books, listen to audio books, take photos, look at photos of family, make video calls, use coupons at the store, get directions, shop online, read websites and play basic games.

Here are the best smartphones for seniors.
Here are the best smartphones for seniors.

All theses smartphones for seniors include large screens that allow you to see a lot of information even if you need a large font or text size and include good cameras for taking photos and video calling your friends and family who might live far away.

There is no physical keyboard or number pad on these phones, but many users can quickly adapt to using the on-screen buttons. All of our best smartphones for seniors also include voice control options that will allow you to simply tell the phone what you want to do.

Many smartphones also work with hearing aids, including some made specifically for the iPhone, so you can count on hearing your phone great, even if you need hearing aids.

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus is one of the best smartphones for seniors because it is easy to use, it has an amazing screen and a ton of handy features that make it a great first smartphone. 

The large 5.5-inch display is the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, but it now features a True-Tone Display. That's a fancy way of saying the screen looks much better in all light conditions. We love this change and we think it's great for people who are going to use a phone indoors and out. 

Apple makes the iPhone 8 Plus water resistant, so if you drop it into water for a short period it will be fine. You can also charge the iPhone wirelessly. If you hate fumbling with cords to charge up, this will be an awesome feature for you. 

The Touch ID sensor lets you log into your iPhone without your passcode, and you can also use built in tools to remember all of your other passwords that you need. You can backup photos to iCloud and backup your iPhone to iCloud which means everything is safe if you break your phone, without the need to plug into a computer. 

Inside the iPhone 8 Plus is an amazing camera that you can use to take pictures of grandkids, vacations and anything you enjoy without bringing a bigger camera with you. 

The iPhone 8 Plus is available on all major carriers for $39.50 a month. There are some iPhone 8 Plus deals to help make it more affordable.

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  3. Daniel Rose

    04/01/2016 at 5:59 pm

    Say I am cooking carrots and want an alert in 25 minutes. Is this easy to do? Or does it require an app? It just seems this kind of thing, call xyz in the morning, pick up the grandkids a 3:00 etc Seniors are forgetful, they could use some help.. I would probably own a smart phone if it had useful features like this. I had a iPod Touch once given to me. I found it a real pain, particularly the need to hook up to a computer and I forget the name of the program, but it was not user friendly at all. iTunes i believe. Never again one of those.

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    • kassandra

      09/14/2016 at 10:21 am

      Hi Daniel,

      You can use the timer on a smart phone without downloading any apps, it would be under the “clock” feature that is already pre-loaded when you purchase. Also, almost all smartphones have voice assistance now so you would be able to hold a key and say “pick up grand kids at 3pm” and it will calendar it for you and remind you. Everything you have asked you could do simply without much assistance :) Further, If you do not like dealing with the apple interface, iTunes, etc, you could easily solve that by purchasing a Samsung, HTC or any other non-apple related phone model.

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    10/17/2016 at 5:18 pm

    You can press and hold the home button until Siri asks how she can help you. Tell her to set a timer for 25 minutes and she will do it for you.

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  7. Dmitry Levin

    11/01/2016 at 10:36 pm

    It is really good when elderly person is comfortable in trying the new technology like smartphones, but for many people learning to use smart phone is the same as climbing Mount Everest.

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  9. steve

    05/10/2017 at 11:53 pm

    I think you manufacturers have all got it wrong.
    Seniors need a simple phone but with GPS location so pressing the rear recessed SOS button will tell emergency services where they are. Similar phones might run security apps like “Man Down” but a whole OS is not needed.

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    05/28/2017 at 4:16 pm

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