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Bar or Candybar mobiles have a physical number keypad as does a Flip phone. Rugged mobiles can take extra punishment and tend to have a rubber casing.
Hearing aid support
The Microphone (M) rating and T-coil (T) rating determine how well your hearing aid will work with your mobile phone. If you use your hearing aid in Microphone mode (M), look for a phone with an M3 or M4 rating. If you prefer telecoil coupling (T), look for a phone with T3 or T4 rating. A sum of six (M3/T3) or greater indicates that the telephone would probably provide good performance with that hearing aid. Models that do not have score either support hearing aids but do not specify a rating (yes), or do not provide hearing aid support (no).
Maximum speakerphone volume (dBa)
Measurement (dB) taken at 1 metre from speakerphone.
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The ability for the mobile to support a 4G mobile network is important if you intend to keep your mobile phone for more than a couple of years as the existing 3G network is scheduled to be shut down for mobile phone calls and texting by 2024.
A dedicated charger removes the need to insert a cable and physically plug in the phone for charging. This can also make it easy to find compared to a cable that could be used for another device.
This button sends an automatic notification to 000/112 emergency services.
Poor vision score
We check to see how well the mobiles perform under conditions relevant to a sight-impaired user. We look at how easy it is to read the display in general and in low light, and assess the icons showing battery level and reception.
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Sound receiving score
Sound quality measurements are carried out with users assessing the sound quality of a call as a receiver and a caller.
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Maximum ringer volume (dBa)
Measurement (dB) taken at 1 metre from ringer.
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SIM installation score
Some of these mobiles can have a very fiddly SIM holder which can cause issues for some users and may require assistance for installing the SIM or taking it out when moving to another mobile carrier.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
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- Overall score
- Poor vision score
- Dexterity score
- Sound receiving score
- Sound sending score
- SMS score
- Manual and support score
- SIM installation score
- Maximum ringer volume dBa
- Maximum speakerphone volume dBa
- Good points
- Bad points
- Mobile type
- 4G support
- Screen size inches
- Standard headphone socket 35mm
- Hearing aid support
- Emergency button
- Charging cradle
- USB type
- MMS support
- Menu font adjustable
- Video capture
- Micro SD
- FM radio
- Removeable battery
- Maximum speed dial storage
- In use claimed hours
- Standby claimed days
- Battery capacity mAh
- Camera resolution mp
- Total storage possible GB
- SIM type
- Dimensions mm h x w x d
- Weight grams
- SAR wkg