Finding the best smartphone for seniors: compared to three models!

Finding the best smartphone for seniors: compared to three models!

Comparison of the current top three smartphones

Industry leader the cheapest the newest
device Emporia Smart 5 Duro 8100 Pevon M7 Premium
picture Doro 8100 Seniorenhandy Beafon M7 Premium Seniorenhandy
Technical Specifications 5.5 inch, LCD
1440 x 720 pixels
octa core processor max. 1.8 GHz
32 GB ROM
microSD support up to 256 GB
3 GB RAM
Triple camera
Main camera: 13 megapixels
Macro camera: 2 mega pixels
Portrait Camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 8 mega pixel camera
Status LED
3550 mAh
Replaceable battery
3.5 mm headphone jack
Compatible with M4 / T4 stethoscopes
Emergency call button
November 2021
6.1 inches, LCD
1560 x 720 pixels
octa core processor max. 1.6 GHz
Unisoc SC9863
32 GB ROM
microSD support up to 128 GB
2 GB RAM
Triple camera
Main camera: 13 megapixels
Macro camera: 2 mega pixels
Portrait Camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 8 mega pixel camera
Status LED
3000 mAh
The battery is stationary
3.5 mm headphone jack
Compatible with M4 / T3 stethoscopes
Emergency call button
March 2022
5.5 inch, LCD
1440 x 720 pixels
octa core processor max. 1.6 GHz
32 GB ROM
microSD support up to 128 GB
3 GB RAM
single camera
Main camera: 13 megapixels
Front camera: 5 mega pixel camera
Status LED
3500 mAh
fixed battery
wireless charging
3.5 mm headphone jack
Compatible with M4 / T4 stethoscopes
Emergency call button
December 2022
evaluation It has not been reviewed yet It has not been reviewed yet It has not been reviewed yet
MSRP $275 £200 229 euros

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  • Buying tip: what should you look for?
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Buying tip: what should you look for?

user interface

The most important purchase criterion is the user interface. Content should be displayed large and clear, and the smartphone should be easy to use. In this article, we focus on smartphones for seniors that offer an improved user interface. Voice control for entering text messages is also useful. Most manufacturers also allow you to enable the traditional Android interface if desired.

Hearing aid compatibility

Many people may not even know that the phones of some manufacturers of smartphones for the elderly can also be used with standard hearing aids. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements for digital cordless phones. When the manufacturer announces this compatibility, in most cases it means that the smartphone can be paired with the hearing aid via Bluetooth.

The standard adopted by the United States is divided into two categories: M and T standards. The M rating followed by “3” or “4” (the loudest, the best) represents hearing aids without an inductive coil, while smartphones with a rating of T3 or T4, respectively, are suitable For hearing aids with inductive coil.

Some smartphone manufacturers also specify the European ETSI ETS 300381, which roughly corresponds to the FCC test procedure. However, this test is not mandatory in this country.

Basically, the M3 / T3 rating indicates how well a hearing aid isolates noise. Modern hearing aids also offer a free app for Android or Apple smartphones, with which additional settings can be made. For example, geofences also enable preset audio profiles for location. Of course, you can also listen to music or make phone calls from your smartphone.

Emergency call button

Elderly people can quickly get into a situation where they need quick help due to a fall – or God forbid – a medical emergency. Since the smartphone is at hand always and everywhere, a dedicated emergency call button comes in handy. Once this SOS button is pressed, it can automatically call pre-programmed numbers of friends, relatives, or caregivers and, if necessary, communicate location via GPS tracking. Some manufacturers also offer a so-called fall detection feature in addition to this separate button, which can independently make an emergency call in the event of a fall and send an SMS with the location.

IP certificate

When it comes to the elderly, many times a glass of water is accidentally dropped. Then, of course, according to Murphy’s Law, the smartphone is ready for such an event. To avoid having to buy a new smartphone every time, you should look for a suitable IP certificate against water penetration. Emporia Smart 5, for example, is IP54 certified. The first number indicates protection against ingress of foreign objects—in this case, protection against dust. The second number indicates the class of protection against water. 4 stands to protect from splashing water

camera

When purchasing a mobile phone for seniors, you should pay attention to the front camera as well as the rear camera(s). Quality is negligible here, as older smartphones generally come with minimal storage space. For this reason, we only recommended smartphones for seniors that offer additional memory expansion options via a microSD card.

At this point, we would like to point out that the handling of this type of memory expansion must also be properly understood. Many memory cards render valuable content useless if removed in the middle of use!

Surveys have shown that the use of instant messaging software such as WhatsApp is especially popular among older people. In this way, video calls can be made using the front camera of the large smartphone and cute photo reminders can be created using the main camera and shared with relatives using WhatsApp.

Replaceable battery

Did you forget to charge the battery? A full backup battery can work wonders here. Some manufacturers still offer removable batteries. Also practical in this context is wireless charging, as offered by the Beafon 7 Premium. Or a charging stand, perhaps even with a built-in speaker, could prove very effective in everyday use.

Industry leader: Emporia Smart 5

Wir sehen das Emporia Smart 5 Seniorenhandy

Emporia Smart 5 offers a lot of accessories for very little money. / © NextPit

Emporia is a mid-sized company founded in Austria in 1991. Here, they focus on their customers: those who are in their golden years, quickly decided after looking at their tile-based user interface. The company does extensive research in this field and is considered the market leader when it comes to smartphones for the elderly.

The Emporia Smart 5 isn’t by far the manufacturer’s first smartphone for the elderly, as it’s also attractive with a few extras thrown into the mix. It has the fastest processor of our trio and also boasts the largest battery capacity. By the way, the battery is replaceable. A special feature is the Smart Cover, which limits Smart 5 operation to the most important functions and adds an emergency call button on the back.

In addition to the comprehensive user guide and charging stand, Emporia also includes a how-to booklet that well describes the most important application scenarios, such as taking photos or contactless payment using NFC with comprehensive photos.

Alternative: Emporia Smart 4

If you just want to trust the market leader in Europe but don’t want to pay the highest price, you can also opt for the cheaper alternative: its predecessor, the Emporia Smart 4, is also IP54 certified, but the screen is smaller at 5 inches compared to 5.5 inches. In Emporia Smart 5. The Smart Cover and Charging Stand are also not included. However, it currently only costs $139.

Best value: Doro 8100

Doro 8100 Senioren smartphone

Doro offers the largest display with the 8100. / © Doro

Doro is probably a little-known entity when it comes to connectivity products for seniors. However, the company, which was founded in 1975 in Malmö, Sweden, and has nearly 1,000 employees, is probably the largest in the sector. In addition to landline phones, cell phones, and smart phones for seniors, Doro has provided The first smart watch for the elderly At IFA 2022 in Berlin, at least as far as I know.

Currently Doro 8100 is still the latest model, which was officially introduced in March 2022. According to rumors, another model may follow this year. This is likely to be the first 5G-enabled smartphone for the elderly.

The Doro smartphone for seniors is the largest model in our market overview with a 6.1-inch screen and a resolution of 1,560 x 720 pixels. The 8100 also has an adult friendly user interface with the sweet name “EVA”. It’s much closer to the typical Android user interface, but mainly impresses with larger icons that ensure easy menu navigation.

The Doro 8100 has the same camera setup as the Emporia Smart 5, which means an 8MP camera on the front and a 13MP main camera on the back, backed up by two 2MP cameras for macro and portrait shots. Just below it is the emergency call button, which is typical for a large phone.

A special service from Doro is technical support with a remote control function that can be activated via Team Viewer. The so-called “helpline” is free for customers for the first 30 minutes.

More convenience: Doro 8100 Plus

By the way, you can also buy the Doro 8100 with a desktop charger. Then the package is called Doro 8100 Plus. The charging stand is particularly practical, as it means the smartphone always has a full battery – and a stable place to put it.

Latest: Beafon M7 Premium

We have seen the Beafon M7 Premium Senior Handy

The Beafon M7 Premium is the latest senior smartphone in this NextPit comparison. / © NextPit

Beafon is an Austrian company based in Peuerbach. It has been active in the smartphone market for senior citizens since 2009, which makes it the youngest company in our comparison. Through its parent group Aspöck Group, the company has a workforce of more than 1,500 people The Beafon M7 Premium is the latest model that was recently unveiled at IFA 2022 in Berlin along with a large tablet. Availability should happen sometime this month, with select parts of Europe slated to receive it in December. It remains to be seen if these phones will hit shelves in the US anytime soon.

Like Emporia Smart 5, it also has a 5.5 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The processor is an unknown quantity, as we assume that it is a UniSoc processor that offers a maximum speed of 1.6GHz and is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. A microSD card slot provides up to 128GB of additional storage in the Beafon.

However, Beafon M7 Premium is only equipped with an 8MP front camera and a 13MP main camera. The two additional 2MP cameras are pretty useless. Below the main camera is the obligatory emergency call button. Like Emporia’s Smart 5, the familiar Home button is also on the front.

To launch: advance

Beafon M7 Premium is new and not yet available in stores. Until then, we want to share about its predecessor — the Beafon M6s, which retail for $135 after conversion. Here, you get a 6.26-inch screen with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can optionally be expanded to an additional 128GB via a microSD card. There is also an emergency call button as well as the internal user interface that features resizable tiles on the board.

All three smartphones are aimed at people over 60 years of age and provide hearing aid compatibility according to US Federal Communications Commission standards. However, the Beafon M7 Premium has another special feature: it is the first smartphone for seniors that also supports wireless charging for its 3,500mAh battery. However, the battery is not replaceable like those in the Emporia and Doro smartphones.

We asked all three smartphones for seniors in the NextPit editorial office to be able to answer many unanswered questions in the near future. Of course, this article will be constantly updated. What is your favorite smartphone so far? What feature are you still missing?

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