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Hi. My mother is fast approaching her 80th Birthday and I would like to buy her a new phone. She has a tiny phone (sony I think) and struggles to use it. She is not very internet savvy, she doesn't …
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi. My mother is fast approaching her 80th Birthday and I would like to buy her a new phone. She has a tiny phone (sony I think) and struggles to use it. She is not very internet savvy, she doesn't even have mobile data, just uses the home internet. However she does like to check her lottery, google things etc and use email. I myself have an s6 which I paid £240 for in the o2 sale on the refresh deal. I thought about getting her one of these as when I do something on my phone she often asks "can I do that" and the answer is usually no. Also as I am familiar with the phone I could help her get to grips with it. However, even second hand ones seem to be more expensive that what I paid now. Any suggestions?

Thanks

Ian
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
The easiest thing to do would get a Moto G, this year's or last year's model will easily fit her needs and it'll be similar enough for you to be able to help.
#2
Buy her an S4 or S5?

What sort of things did she want to do on her phone but couldn't?
#3
Thinks like, scanning the bar code on the lottery ticket to see if she has won. Different ringtones for different people. Attaching a tracker device to her keys. She also quite likes the fingerprint scanner although that's not essential. The size of the s6 is good too.
#4
Can you buy new a4/s5. Or would it have to be second hand?
#5
At her age, i would buy her a basic phone then spend the money on an android tablet as the screen is bigger for her to use.
#6
mutley1
At her age, i would buy her a basic phone then spend the money on an android tablet as the screen is bigger for her to use.


That would probably be the best solution actually, don't know what the Android tablet landscape is like at the moment though.

A modern midranger is pretty much a must over old flagships though, they'll get security updates for longer.
#7
deanlfc
mutley1
At her age, i would buy her a basic phone then spend the money on an android tablet as the screen is bigger for her to use.
That would probably be the best solution actually, don't know what the Android tablet landscape is like at the moment though.
A modern midranger is pretty much a must over old flagships though, they'll get security updates for longer.

A tablet will be cheaper than a smart phone that can do decent stuff. Also a tablet's battery life lasts longer than a mobile phone, not to mention the screen size is bigger which is important for the elderly, whose eyesight isn't so great.
#8
mutley1
deanlfc
mutley1
At her age, i would buy her a basic phone then spend the money on an android tablet as the screen is bigger for her to use.
That would probably be the best solution actually, don't know what the Android tablet landscape is like at the moment though.
A modern midranger is pretty much a must over old flagships though, they'll get security updates for longer.

A tablet will be cheaper than a smart phone that can do decent stuff. Also a tablet's battery life lasts longer than a mobile phone, not to mention the screen size is bigger which is important for the elderly, whose eyesight isn't so great.


Oh yeah, I completely agree, just saying if he does go for a phone get a more modern one and not a two or three year old one for the security updates.
#9
deanlfc
mutley1
At her age, i would buy her a basic phone then spend the money on an android tablet as the screen is bigger for her to use.


That would probably be the best solution actually, don't know what the Android tablet landscape is like at the moment though.

A modern midranger is pretty much a must over old flagships though, they'll get security updates for longer.


​I agree with you above with the moto g/e range.

My mum had recently bought these for £40 each used earlier in the year. Their not bad phones, their on the scale of an iPhone 4s/5 with speed. Being android their great little phones.

For a tablet, if you're able to side load apps, and know a small amount of information into android. A kindle is a good tablet where it's cheap to buy, has an sd card slot on the newer models and is a custom rom of android.

Side load Google play store and you're set.

@op, I wouldn't consider an expensive phone for an elderly. I've seen it a few times people get given good phones, and as they've never really had a mobile they forget it's there and either leave it out in public (my friends found a few phones left by the local pubs filled with family photos of kids and the grand parents). Or they are unused (just like my grand dad who's 83 and leaves his indoors).
#10
Buy a stock android phone like the nexus 5x. Comes with the Google launcher which you can load on yours s6 for instructions. You can switch back to samsung launcher after your done. There is also an app that will allow her to see what your doing on your phone so she can copy.Think it's called... inkwire
#11
Thanks for the comments. I don't think she would want a tablet as she is always using her phone, texting and phoning mainly admittedly. The phone is so small I struggle to see it, let alone her. I took a look at the moto g and the nexus 5x as suggested. With my limited knowledge I like the look of the nexus as it has nfc for Android pay. Would this be my best bet, or is the moto g better?
#12
Having had another look I rather like the moto g4 plus. The 32gb version is £229, but my concern is that it's only 2gb Ram. Will this be slow?
#13
mrtubs
Having had another look I rather like the moto g4 plus. The 32gb version is £229, but my concern is that it's only 2gb Ram. Will this be slow?

2GB of RAM basically means that less apps will stay open in the background, it's more than usable, my phone has 2GB of RAM and I don't plan to replace it any time soon.
#14
mrtubs
Having had another look I rather like the moto g4 plus. The 32gb version is £229, but my concern is that it's only 2gb Ram. Will this be slow?

It won't be slow unless she's running loads of apps which I really doubt!

This thread reminds me that I need a new phone, how can I live with myself when an 80 year old lady has a better phone than me! oO
#15
I bought my mum a Moto G (3rd Gen) quite recently, though she's used to Android - she's had the Huawei G300 and Blade L2. She's a youngster, though, at 65 :)

Android is a bit more of a learning curve if you're completely new to it but I'm sure your mum will pick it up :) Really mum just looks at Facebook/Messenger, emails and takes the odd photo.
#16
Have her try out different phones in a store first.

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