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Practical guide for the elderly # 4 – Smartphones and accessories

Technology has to be accessible to everyone. For this, it must be adapted to the needs of each one. We do not use a smartphone in the same way that an older person can. An older person does not need or make use of all the features that a smartphone has. For this reason, many companies have designed smartphones for seniors, as well as there are also applications that facilitate their use.

Doro PhoneEasy 740

doro phoneeasy

We have to admit that smartphones are not easy to use, let alone an Android. A Swedish-based company has thought carefully about the matter and created a very easy-to-use smartphone so that seniors are one step closer to the new technology. This is the Android smartphone Doro PhoneEasy 740, which comes equipped with both a keyboard display and a sliding numeric keypad with large keys. In addition, it comes equipped with a tailored user interface called Doro Experience that makes web browsing easier.

Doro Specifications

  • 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Emergency button with GPS locator
  • 3.2-inch screen (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Lantern
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Among other features we find an extra strong speaker at the back, which is compatible with headphones. It is expected to hit stores in September. At that time other applications will also appear, for example, a magnifying glass application that through the camera sensor can make a small text larger.

Simple Phone Seniors Phonotto

In the event that we cannot get a specific smartphone for the elderly, there is the possibility of adjusting the device to easier use thanks to the Phonotto application. This application hides the elements that can confuse or make more complicated the use of the smartphone or the simple task of communicating. What Phonotto does is add a layer to the smartphone's user interface. In the new layer you can have direct and quick access to essential tasks, such as calls, text messages, thus hiding the applications that are not useful for them. Said layer is basically made up of large buttons, which makes them perfectly visible and accessible.

Phonotto is completely free and can be configured to start automatically when you turn on the device.

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Vintage earphone

What you see in the image is a headset that can be adapted to both smartphones and tablets or laptops. Our grandparents may feel more comfortable talking through one of these than with normal smartphones. So I think it was a good idea to add this vintage headphone to the list. In addition, it comes with an anti-interference system and its own volume controller button. Both the earpiece and the microphone are of high quality. There are two models: one for Android (LR-MH1A) and one for iPhone (LR-MH01I). It really doesn't just have to be for the elderly, but also for the nostalgic. In fact, I am thinking of buying one.

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