Basic Smartphone Buying Advice for Grandparents
While some grandparents are incredibly tech savvy, others can find the digital world a struggle (as can we all). But that doesn’t mean they should miss out on technology that can help keep them connected with the family.
Even if you’re up to date with the latest tech, choosing your next phone can be a minefield – unless you’re loyal to a specific manufacturer and don’t think twice about upgrading to their latest flagship.
But some might not even know where to begin when it comes to getting a new, or first, phone.
Whether you’re looking for a first phone or are looking to upgrade to a newer model, there are a few things you should consider beforehand that will make your decision easier:
Are you after a smartphone?
As PC Advisor explains, a smartphone is effectively a mobile phone that connects to the internet either through cellular or Wi-Fi technology. This is now the most common type of mobile phone.
As well as allowing you to send text messages and make phone calls, smartphones are able to send and receive email, download apps, and allow users to get onto the internet, making it easy to access news, sport and weather information.
With all these added benefits, smartphones do tend to be more expensive, as you have to pay for the internet use as well as texts and phone calls. As the devices have more features, the handsets themselves also tend to cost more.
If you’d just like a phone to make calls and texts, it might be worth buying a more basic phone, otherwise known as a feature phone.
Try the handsets
Even if you have an idea of the phone you’d like to get, it’s always worth popping into a store to try out handsets. You might find you don’t actually like the one you had in mind. Or if you’re not sure what phone to buy, this can help you find the right one for you.
There is a lot of choice out there but make sure you take your time and try several handsets. If you have any questions, the sales assistants will be able to help you out and might even be able to demonstrate some of the devices.
When in store and trying out the devices, there are a few things to look for:
• A simple interface. Smartphones have dedicated operating systems such as Google Android, Windows Phone or Apple iOS (which is found only on Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads). Have a play with the phone to make a call, send a text and find a phone number. If it takes a while to undertake such tasks, it might not be the phone for you.
• Screen size. Smartphones tend to have larger screens, with most having at least a 4in display, although some devices have 5in displays or larger. While the larger screens make the display brighter and clearer, they can also drain the battery life. Smartphone screens also tend to be touchscreen, so that is something else worth considering. Feature phones, in comparison, have smaller screens but as they don’t have as many features, they don’t necessarily need a bigger screen. All phones will allow users to change the size of the font as well.
• Device size. There was once a time when phone companies were competing to create the smallest mobile, but now smartphones seem to be getting bigger to accommodate the larger screens. When trying out the handsets in store, make sure you find a phone that is easy to hold – most people break their phones by dropping them because they struggle to hold them.
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