Best Cell Phones for Seniors

The best cell phones for seniors have large buttons, easy-to-read displays, simple menus and minimal features, making them perfect for an emergency phone.
Samsung Jitterbug Plus

Samsung Jitterbug Plus

Reviewed November 2012

The Jitterbug Plus is the best simple phone available

Pros: User-friendly interface, durably built, sleek, modern design, excellent reception and call quality, long-lasting battery, easy access to very helpful services

Cons: No on-screen battery meter, battery cover difficult to remove, weak camera, keypad tones can't be muted, pricey add-on services

Wirefly
*Est. $100
 
Pantech Breeze III

Pantech Breeze III

Reviewed March 2012

Affordable entry-level flip phone keeps it simple

Pros: Great call quality, affordable, spacious keyboard, spacious keyboard

Cons: Headphone jack only takes microUSB, poor image quality, looks exactly like its predecessor

AT&T
*Est. $30 with contract
 
Pantech Ease

Pantech Ease

Reviewed December 2010

Easy-to-use phone saddled by pricey monthly messaging plan

Pros: Sturdy design, clear call quality, large, brightly lit touch screen, roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Cons: Expensive monthly messaging plan required

AT&T
*Est. $50 with contract
 
Pantech Breeze II

Pantech Breeze II

Reviewed December 2010

Cheap, entry-level phone is a breeze to use

Pros: Low monthly fees, easy mode for beginners, easy-to-read keypad, turn-by-turn directions

Cons: Buttons fairly flat against surface

AT&T
Discontinued
 
Samsung Jitterbug J SPH-A310

Samsung Jitterbug J SPH-A310

Reviewed August 2009

A no-nonsense phone for technophobes

Pros: Large, easy-to-read display, simple menus, bluetooth connectivity, add-on services, including roadside assistance

Cons: Minimal features, mediocre call quality and reception, volume control poorly placed, calling plans can get expensive

*Est. $65, no contract
 
Clarity ClarityLife C900

Clarity ClarityLife C900

Reviewed May 2009

Senior-friendly slider phone with built-in flashlight

Pros: Unlocked, good call quality and loud volume, built-in flashlight and emergency features, can use AA or rechargeable batteries

Cons: 2.5 hours talk time (rated), keys can be hard to press, interface could be simpler

*Est. $50, no contract
 
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