Smartphones for oldies
October 14, 2010 11:25 AM Subscribe
What model of smartphone can I get for my mom to easily check email, take calls, and not much else? She's on Verizon. We probably won't wait for the iphone to come to Verizon in 2011.
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My mom has just started a new job and is juggling that, other clients, and my father's medical details all at once. She's finding herself on-the-go more and I think she would benefit from being able to check email and SMS from her mobile device. Right now she's using one of the cheapo free phones from Verizon; she's due for an upgrade, and I'm wondering what model phone to recommend she get so she can do these tasks with the least amount of confusion/frustration.
She is NOT tech-savvy. She hardly knows how to text. Sometimes she comes up with hilarious "theories" about why something technical isn't working--recently she posited that a Word doc was loading as read-only because she computer she was using didn't have enough "gigs" to support editing. In other words, this has to be a really simple, user-friendly phone for a person who is somewhat baffled by computers and technology.
She uses comcast email and the phone should integrate well with that.
She and my dad are on Verizon and are not likely to switch.
She has large hands and not-great eyesight, so super-small keyboards (including touchscreen ones) are probably not ideal. I would say the Droid X would be a likely candidate for its big screen, but the onscreen keyboard might kill that idea.
What would you guys recommend? Thanks for your help!