Smartphones are generally designed for millennials and are becoming increasingly complex and rich in functions over time. A simpler design approach and set of features is needed for a mobile phone for elderly people.
Here at Zone V we believe that everyone should have access to the latest in technology. Not all older people find technology difficult, but for those that do, help is at hand. We have created this guide to help identify features that we believe to be important when buying a mobile phone for an elderly person.
1. Easy To Use Interface
Not growing up with technology means it is often a barrier for older people and they are often not interested in the latest gadget. This certainly applies to smartphones which are updated every year and have become increasingly more complex. Smartphones are designed and marketed towards millennials with limited thought to the elderly members of the community.
This is an issue as we progress into the 2020s where technology is increasingly becoming central to our lives. For example the NHS and its 5 year plan
The NHS Digital 5 Year Plan
As people are living longer and the population of the UK is increasing, they are looking for solutions to reduce the strain on the healthcare system. Part of this is strategy is to increase the use of digital apps to help people manage their own health.
The recent launch of the NHS App is part of this strategy and it provides an online portal for people to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access a range of other healthcare services. As services like the NHS become increasingly available exclusively through apps, older people over time will be required to use them and therefore must learn how to use smartphones.
Vodafone report on loneliness with older people and how tech may help
An easy to use interface
2. Large Buttons & Big Text
Large buttons and big text
3. Big Screen
4. SOS Button
- Blood type
- Doctor’s details
- Insurance details
- Next of kin
The SOS assistance button sits on the lock screen as a persistent notification so anyone that finds the phone can have direct access to this vital information without needing the passcode to the phones. Of course, you only need to put in the information that you feel comfortable sharing. A feature like this could be life saving for an elderly person.
SOS button on home screen and Emergency Information home page
In built magnifier
The design of a mobile phone for elderly people has different requirements from what is typical of a mobile phone created for the 20-50s.
We believe that easy phones by Zone V make smartphones easier to use for an older person. If you are looking for a sim free smartphone that is easy to use for your parents or maybe for yourself, consider Zone V as your next smartphone choice. Starting at just £169.99 for the Galaxy A10 up-to £809.99 for the Galaxy S10.
If you already own a Samsung device you can download the software separately!