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Old 25-06-2013, 17:32
WombatDeath
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My Mum has recently decided that she wants a mobile phone. She's pushing 70 and knows nothing about phones. Her requirements are:

- Pay as you go
- Able to take photos
- 200 max, preferably less
- Easy to use [by the standards of a 70-year-old techno-neophyte]
- Suitable for use by someone whose sight and motor control is fine for her age, but who is no longer a teenager
- Not an "old person's phone"

Can anyone suggest anything? I know little about phones and would appreciate some guidance. I've had a quick look in phones for you and everything seems to be either too small or too expensive.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received!
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Old 25-06-2013, 17:40
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How small is too small?
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Old 25-06-2013, 18:43
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How small is too small?
Well, the guy in the shop showed me an Xperia Tipo White, which seemed tiny but perhaps I'm just too used to my S2. It's quite hard to judge without being able to drag her to a shop to test drive some different models (which unfortunately I can't do).
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Old 25-06-2013, 19:04
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Well the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a nice phone it's easy to use with a decent camera and 3.8 inch screen which is very clear. It's about 150 more or less.
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Old 25-06-2013, 20:01
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How about an HTC Windows Phone?

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mob...olourCode=BLUE

Should be quite simple for someone less technical to learn.
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Old 25-06-2013, 20:57
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My Father who is 70 still uses the Nokia 3310 I bought him for Christmas 2002
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Old 25-06-2013, 23:22
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Brilliant, thank you all - I shall go away and research those!
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Old 26-06-2013, 03:00
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My Father who is 70 still uses the Nokia 3310 I bought him for Christmas 2002
They ruled
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Old 26-06-2013, 08:22
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I would say a Windows Phone. I do use one myself (alongside an iPhone) but I honestly think they work well for older people, that view is based on my very non-technical parents using them and enjoying using them. An iPhone could also be ok (but smaller touch targets) but out of your price range.

You can now get an HTC 8X for about 240. With the large tiles and minimalist UI, it will be easy for her to see things on screen and press the buttons. Also the app list is just one long list, quite straightforward.

Could be nice alongside a touchscreen computer running Windows 8.1 - familiar, simple interface.
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Old 26-06-2013, 08:30
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Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, ranging from 140 - 240 at Amazon ATM. The advantage for older person is the tiles are bigger targets to touch. WP8 has a simple UI to use.
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