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Best Smartphones for Seniors and Elderly in 2017

These are the five best smartphones for seniors and the aging population. 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.

Best Smartphones for Elderly and Seniors

SmartphonePrice Off ContractPrice ContractPrice Per Month
iPhone 6 Plus$649$199$27
Samsung Galaxy S5$225.00$99.00$17.00
Jitterbug Touch 3$149.00NANA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4$350.00NANA
iPhone 6$549.00$99.00$23.00
Here are the best smartphones and cell phones for the elderly and seniors.
Here are the best smartphones for seniors.
Here are the best smartphones for 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.

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.

Instead of going for the most expensive smartphones, we offer some options that are a year older, but still perform great, promise good software support and a rounded set of features. If you want to spend more money you can also look at the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy Note 5.

Many smartphones also work with hearing aids, including some made specifically for the iPhone, so you can

iPhone 6 Plus

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iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is the largest iPhone you can buy, with a 5.5-inch screen that delivers a lot of room to look at photos, watch a video and to read when you make the font size bigger.

Apple's iPhone software is one of the most intuitive and easy to learn. The phone options and controls offer fewer options and toggles than some Android phones, which can deliver a better experience for new users who don't want a lot of options to choose when setting up or using the phone.

Read: iPhone 6 Plus Tips

With the large screen, increasing the size of text on the iPhone 6 Plus still leaves room for a lot of text in a book or on a webpage. Apps are also easier to see and the large screen can make tapping on the button you want easier. The screen also looks great for browsing through photos and there is an excellent camera on the back.

Apple includes a fingerprint reader so you do not need to remember as many passwords and if you want you can even carry loyalty cards or a debit or credit card on your phone to use at a store, but you don't need to use that feature.

Holding the home button allows you to ask a personal assistant called Siri questions to search the Internet, send messages, make phone calls and open apps.

Read: iPhone 6 Plus Review

The iPhone 6 Plus is $199 on a contract or aroudn $27 a month on a payment play. It isn't cheap, but it is one of the best options for many users. 

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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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  6. Barbara T Malloy

    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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