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Last updated: 12 February 2021


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Older people and young children may find a simple phone specially made for their needs a better option than a smartphone. We lab test and review the latest mobiles for seniors and kids.

  • Our buying guide will help you decide which features you need.
  • To learn how we get our results, see how we test mobile phones for seniors.
  • Looking for a personal alarm suitable for seniors, younger children or solo workers to call for help in emergencies? Check out our personal alarm reviews.
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Our test covers popular affordable smartphones such as the Alcatel 1X and Aspera Jazz 2, as well as models targeted at seniors and such as the Olitech EasyFlip, Opel BigButton mobile and Swissvoice C50s.

Our expert testers give every mobile phone a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best for using with poor eyesight
  • are best for using with poor hearing
  • have the best sound when making and taking a phone call
  • have the largest buttons
  • make it simple to call out to emergency services.
  • make it easy to install a SIM

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which models can automatically make emergency calls or text messages and which offer good support and help. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    Handset type

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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 while smartphones can do a lot more than just talk and text with greater support for apps.

      Hearing aid support

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      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)

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        Measurement (dB) taken at 1 metre from speakerphone.

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        4G support

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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.

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          • Dexterity score
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          • SMS score
          • Manual and support score
          • SIM installation score
          • Maximum ringer volume dBa
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          • Price
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Mobile type
          • Availability
          • 4G support
          • Screen size inches
          • Standard headphone socket 35mm
          • Hearing aid support
          • Emergency button
          • Charging cradle
          • USB type
          • Torch
          • MMS support
          • Predictive text
          • 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
          • Bluetooth
          • Total storage possible GB
          • Country of origin
          • SIM type
          • Dimensions mm h x w x d
          • Weight grams
          • SAR wkg
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