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 test covers popular affordable smartphones such as the Motorola G4 Play and HTC Desire 530, as well as models targeted at seniors and kids such as the Olitech Easy Mate + and Doro Phoneeasy 6520.
Our expert testers give every mobile phone a thorough workout to help find the models that:
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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
Recommended retail as of September 2018.
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We recommend currently available models with an overall score of 70% or more.
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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).
Measurement (dB) taken at 1 metre from speakerphone.
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.
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.
Sound quality measurements are carried out with users assessing the sound quality of a call as a receiver and a caller.
Measurement (dB) taken at 1 metre from ringer.
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.