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    • garfield33
    • By garfield33 20th Sep 16, 2:27 PM
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    Recommend a smart phone for an 89-year old?
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    • 20th Sep 16, 2:27 PM
    Recommend a smart phone for an 89-year old? 20th Sep 16 at 2:27 PM
    Hi everyone, my nan has been eyeing up our smart phones. She currently has a 'dumb' phone, albeit one with a touch screen, and now wants a smart phone, mostly to replace Ceefax so she can look at the news and sports headlines!
    I've found her a good sim-only deal on Three, and we were going to use my sister's old work phone but we haven't been able to unlock it from O2 (long story), so we're going to buy her a second hand phone instead.
    I've only ever had an iPhone (second hand when my friend upgraded ) so don't have much experience of other models - can anyone recommend a reliable but easy to use smartphone for my nan?
    One other thing to consider is she's quite hard of hearing. She won't use it for calls often but it needs to be clear and loud when she does.
    Thanks all
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    • tinas
    • By tinas 20th Sep 16, 2:42 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 2:42 PM
    Hi

    I'd suggest you take her down to a shop and have her try a basic entry level set. I'd go for an HTC one, a Samsung and I guess others might suggest another.

    I have her try one's that are new release phones without all the bells and whistles. For example, Samsung's A 2016.

    Another way of doing it is to arrange some visitors for her, all with different phones. My dad was fine with phones, he just needed a careful intro.
    • garfield33
    • By garfield33 20th Sep 16, 3:43 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 3:43 PM
    Thanks tinas that's very helpful, I can see a day trip coming up this weekend!

    Luckily she's quite keen to get one - with other changes (e.g. current accounts, gas suppliers) she's point-blank refused any kind of change even when it's straightforward and to her advantage.
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 20th Sep 16, 5:04 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 5:04 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 5:04 PM
    Moto G is worth a look .
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 20th Sep 16, 5:52 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 5:52 PM
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    • 20th Sep 16, 5:52 PM
    Also have a look at installing a simplifed launcher.

    Some examples here
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-basic-android-homescreen-replacements-new-smartphone-users/
    • tyllwyd
    • By tyllwyd 21st Sep 16, 1:59 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 1:59 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 1:59 PM
    Are you sure a phone is the best thing for her? At 89, she might find a small screen a bit difficult to read - have you looked at tablets?
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 21st Sep 16, 3:36 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 3:36 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 3:36 PM
    Moto G is worth a look .
    yes Moto G4 just recently released, around £149 in Tesco

    It got a big bright 5.5" screen & can be customised as above



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    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 21st Sep 16, 10:17 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 10:17 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 10:17 PM
    yes Moto G4 just recently released, around £149 in Tesco

    It got a big bright 5.5" screen & can be customised as above



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    Originally posted by ballyblack
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/moto-g4-white-dual-sim-5-5inch-4g-unlocked-with-which-code-131-appliances-direct-2513450
    Tesco out of stock I think
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/motorola-moto-g4-black-sim-free-16gb-125-with-code-tesco-direct-2512360
    £131 from Appliance direct
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 22nd Sep 16, 4:39 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 4:39 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 4:39 AM
    Tesco out of stock on line probably because of their '£25 off' promotion, but most of their stores have them @ £149

    I bought one yesterday


    Appliances Direct charge £15 for delivery to some UK destinations


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    Last edited by ballyblack; 22-09-2016 at 7:59 AM.
    • J B
    • By J B 22nd Sep 16, 9:42 AM
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    yes Moto G4 just recently released, around £149 in Tesco

    It got a big bright 5.5" screen & can be customised as above



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    Originally posted by ballyblack
    119 on Amazon

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014KT0KWE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 22nd Sep 16, 9:56 AM
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    119 on Amazon
    Thats the Moto G3, not G4 (4th generation) smaller screen, old model
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 22nd Sep 16, 7:13 PM
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    Thats the Moto G3, not G4 (4th generation) smaller screen, old model
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    Although still a great phone, if the smaller (but still big) screen isn't an issue and every penny counts.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 23rd Sep 16, 9:04 AM
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    Even better value. Moto G4 Play under £100

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/o2-moto-g4-play-o2-shop-topup-purchase-required-2516333#post28813169
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 23rd Sep 16, 11:03 AM
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    Good spot, G4 Play is better than the full fat G3 for what the OP is considering.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 23rd Sep 16, 11:35 AM
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    and the moto G4 (non play) back in stock at tesco online @ £149

    Add something to the basket to take price over £150 ....then get £25 off using code; TDX-HTNK

    so a Moto G4 for £124
    • garfield33
    • By garfield33 23rd Sep 16, 1:42 PM
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    Thank you everyone - lots of things to have a look at!
    She definitely does want a phone - she wants to use it while she's out and about. If she allowed us to set her up with broadband (she had dial-up and was fine with it, but is refusing to upgrade to broadband) then I'd like to give her a tablet too to use around the house.
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    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 23rd Sep 16, 2:30 PM
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    If she doesn't have broadband then make sure she has a mobile deal with an inclusive data bundle - either a capped contract or a pay as you go with a data bundle. Pure payg - except possibly on three - could be pricey, depending on how much she checks those headlines.
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