Simple smartphone

I am looking for a smartphone for my 78 year old mum.

She currently has a Nokia slide phone, and it's taken her 10 years to work out how to use this!

It would be lovely to share photos and links with her, but as she has never used Internet before it needs to be very easy to use.

Would not need a contract as she uses my free Sim from Talk Talk.

Ideally it would be Android, as that's what I use and would need to teach her how to use it, and I'm not all that technically minded.

Any suggestions please?


  • Cisco001
    Cisco001 Posts: 4,025 Forumite
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    What brand of phone you personally using?

    I suggest you both use same brand, or may be same phone. It will be easier to teach her if you know how it works.

    Or may be get samsung phone. It is because they are popular, so if she need help, she could easier to find someone using same system.
  • Sunshine_and_Roses
    I've got a Samsung Galaxy S6, husband has galaxy s3 mini. Was looking at upgrading his and giving mum his old one, but he is on such a good deal we would end up paying twice as much.
  • cookie365
    cookie365 Posts: 1,809 Forumite
    You can get a Galaxy Core Prime or a Moto G for not much money these days, good basic phones and the Galaxy especially will be pretty familiar if you already have sammies.
  • zagubov
    zagubov Posts: 17,894 Forumite
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    How about a Doro Smartphone. Easy to use. Suggested it to MIL and my parents. All extremely happy with it.
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  • sillygoose
    sillygoose Posts: 4,794 Forumite
    Samsung J5 is a great phone, very clear bright 5" screen, usual Samsung interface which I find easier than the pure Android you get on something like a Motorola. Battery life is pretty good too, very responsive.

    Its price has been dropping recently and can be had SIM free for about £130 - £140.

    If you cleared the home screen down to one or two screens and just put icons for the bare essentials she should be OK.

    Biggest problem is likely to be text messaging as she will be used to the traditional inbox/sent style. Its near impossible to get anything like this on Android, the last app that did is no longer updated so doesn't work. :(
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  • KxMx
    KxMx Posts: 10,618 Forumite
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    edited 13 April 2016 at 9:19PM
    Mum had a non smart phone Doro and she gave up with them after 3 failed, all replaced under warranty in the first year as every one developed non repairable faults.

    I'd hope they've gotten better with the smartphone, especially at that price!

    I just got this and it's pretty easy:
  • J_B
    J_B Posts: 6,459 Forumite
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    clareski wrote: »
    he is on such a good deal we would end up paying twice as much.

    Buy him the phone he wants outright to keep the 'good deal'

    Give his phone to mum

  • ballyblack
    ballyblack Posts: 5,071 Forumite
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    edited 27 April 2016 at 8:49AM
    go away Spammer

    Ignore SPAM post now removed, thank you MODs

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