Best Smartphones for Seniors in 2018

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a great smartphone for seniors because it offers a large screen in a small package and it is easy to use.

This screen allows you to see more at once, or to make the text bigger, but still have a phone that is easy to hold with one hand. 

This phone is water resistant. The slightly curved edges take a little while to adjust to, but the edges don't activate as many touches as older models do. This makes it is easier to hold without accidentally tapping on something. 

You can put a microSD card in it to add more storage if you need it later and you can use the cameras to take great looking photos. There is an easy mode that helps simplify using the phone if it is your first smartphone, and then you can turn it on to a full smartphone experience when you are ready.  

There are tons of great apps and accessories that will allow you to do more with your phone. You can buy the Galaxy S8 for $19 to 24 a month at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and other carriers.  

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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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    09/19/2016 at 10:44 pm

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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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    11/01/2016 at 10:36 pm

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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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