You can gift any Android or iOS-based smartphone to your Grandfather, Mom or Dad. They may find the new smartphones very confusing and difficult to learn. We are talking here about the budget, easy to use smartphones.
If your mom or dad is tech savvy or they can adapt to change then, you have many choices like:
- Apple iPhone 6 – for high-end users – budget 50000 plus.
- Google Nexus 6, 5 or Moto X 2nd Gen- High-end users, budget above 30,000(barring Nexus 5)
- Moto G 2nd Gen or Asus Zenphone 5 , Samsung Grand 2 budget between 10,000 to 20,000
- Xiaomi Redmi 1s, Moto E, Android One Smartphones budget below Rs. 8000
You can buy any of the above-recommended smartphones they are hand picked by me and are the best value for money. You may have to teach your parents with lots of patience on using all the features.
Now if they can adapt to the technology nothing like that, but it is not always easy. I have tried teaching to some aged nontechnology followers. It is sometimes difficult for them to learn. It is years of gap, they have not used any gadget, and suddenly you gave them an Android phone. The information is overwhelming for them.
So if standard Android smartphones look challenging to learn we may have to look at some simple phones. Also, some people just have a phobia to use a touchscreen smartphone and don’t get used to it easily. For them it is best, you gift a non-touchscreen smartphone, something like a Nokia Asha 210 which I think is a simple to use non-touch screen smartphones.
Nokia Asha 210 Best Budget Simple to use Smartphone: Specs & Features
|Brand||Nokia Asha 210|
|SIM Size||Mini SIM.|
|Call Features||Conference Call, Speed Dialing, Hands-Free, Loudspeaker, Call Divert.|
|SIM Type||Dual Sim, GSM + GSM, (Dual Standby).|
|Video Recording||Yes, 176 x 144, 10 fps.|
|Other Camera Features||Fixed Focus, Digital Zoom – 4x.|
|Primary Camera||Yes, 2 Megapixel.|
|Important Apps||WAPI, Instant Messaging, Twitter, WhatsApp, Direct Chat, Facebook, Nokia Life.|
|Additional Features||Calculator, Clock, World Clock, Calendar, Converter, Notes, Alarm, Reminders, To-do List.|
|Resolution||QVGA, 320 x 240 Pixels.|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 32 GB.|
Pros – Nokia Asha 210
- Easy to use, call, SMS is simple.
- A beautiful, sturdy phone which does the basic features of a phone justice.
- Call quality is good.
- Build quality is good.
- Whatsapp & Facebook are essential but useful.
- Good Battery Life.
- Lightweight & strong build.
- Soft touch keys.
Cons – Nokia Asha 210
- Lacks all the hardware specs we have on modern Android smartphones in same price range
It is priced at Rs. 4,500 on Flipkart and offers ease of use and reliability of Nokia with excellent service and distribution support. It is a good starting smartphone for elderly, and they will find it easy to use and handle.
Number 2 and 3 on the list are 2 handsets which are recently launched and are made especially for people who would like to use a simple handset.
Mitashi Play Senior Friend Android Smartphone(Mitashi AP103) Priced at Rs. 4,999
Mitashi Smartphone is specially designed to help seniors get around the smartphone with its large icons and display. It becomes easy to understand the Icons and navigate the simple user interface.
It comes with a large font dialer, large font for storing contacts and reading messages, FM radio, SOS button for emergencies and coded icons for seniors.
Full Specs for Mitashi Play Senior Friend Android Smartphone(Mitashi AP103)
- Display Size – 4 inches.
- Display Type – IPS Screen.
- Processor – 1.2Ghz Dual Core Processor.
- Ram – 512 MB Ram.
- Inbuilt Storage – 4 GB with an expansion slot.
- Operating System – Android 4.4 KitKat.
- Camera – 5 MP main Camera (Camera Resolution Dual camera both Rear 5MP and front 2 MP).
- Dual Sim – Yes.
- Battery Li-ion Capacity – 1100 mah.
- Weight – 110 gm.
Adnan Chara, Vice President Mitashi said “A detailed market research done by us suggested that the senior generation, while being largely technophobic is also looking at their grand kids engaging actively on android platform and definitely want to get into the bandwagon – all they need is a little push!“
It is easy to use the phone, with essential functions and mediocre hardware but helps regarding adaptability for the senior users and will be a convenient learning option. For Rs. 4,999 it is a good buy with latest Android OS and 5 MP camera.
The Philips Xenium X2566 – Budget Smartphone for Senior Citizens
The 3rd on the list is not a smartphone it is more of a feature phone. The Philips Xenium X2566 is an accessible device to use. Its big buttons and fonts, high volume speaker, superb standby time and even a dedicated SOS button are designed to be easy to use and for seniors.
The Big display fonts, help to read the text on your screen comfortably without straining eyes.
Full – Specifications of Philips Xenium X2566
The dual-SIM handset has a small 2.4-inch TFT screen with (240×320 pixels) resolution.
A fundamental VGA resolution (480×640 pixels) rear camera & inbuilt storage of 16GB, expandable via a microSD card.
Moreover, the connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth v2.1, and Mini-USB. It doesn’t have 3G connectivity option.
Also, the Xenium X2566 feature phone is powered by a 1630mAh Li-ion battery, which the company claims can offer up to 1128 hours standby time and up to 24 hours talk time. The battery life is expected to be very good for the smartphone, with a small screen.
It measures 124.5×64.9×16 mm and weighs 108.8 grams, also is available in Blue color only.
In conclusion, all the mobiles mentioned above are good gifting ideas depending on the need and ability to learn. Even some of the Android Phones come with an option of customizing the smartphone and along with the right Android launcher, you can make the user interface simple and remove/hide unnecessary icons.
Notably, It will become relatively easy if you can customize the smartphone, set it up with Google account and create icons and place them on Home screen before gifting it.