What's that number again?
November 2, 2011 1:05 PM   Subscribe

CellPhoneFilter: An aging senior executive has moved beyond his Blackberry. Any suggestions for a smartphone that makes looking at email easy and dialing numbers even easier? Specific makes and models wanted.

One of our contacts is a late 60s senior executive fed up with his Blackberry. Requirements are simple. No steep learning curve, preferably easy access to email, contacts and dialing out.

Basically, a smartphone that does what it says once set up correctly. App stores, GPS etc are meaningless.

Thanks for your help! I am sure there are many that have been in the same boat.
posted by Funmonkey1 to Computers & Internet (15 answers total)
iPhone 4S

seriously there isn't an easier phone to use short of the jitterbug
posted by Oktober at 1:10 PM on November 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

My toddler and my 75 year old dad can both easily use my iphone. I mean, you could just put contacts, phone, and email on the first page and he'e never have to use another app or go to the app store. It's learning curve is zero, basically, after set up.
posted by dpx.mfx at 1:10 PM on November 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yeah, iPhone. My 60 year old mom picked mine up and was using it in 2 minutes.
posted by desjardins at 1:11 PM on November 2, 2011

Thirdng the iPhone suggestion.
posted by Brian Puccio at 1:26 PM on November 2, 2011

Fourth on the iPhone.
posted by tgrundke at 1:28 PM on November 2, 2011

My dad is a bit older than that and had lots of trouble seeing things with his old Blackberry, especially the keys. He has no such problems with his iPhone 3GS and he loves it.
posted by zsazsa at 1:34 PM on November 2, 2011

On top of the other praise for the iPhone 4S, Siri really is a leap ahead for voice recognition. It isn't quite what it's cracked up to be in commercials (pretty much the default response to any question that doesn't fit nicely within the built-in apps that it works with is "I'll search the web for that", but for dialing numbers and sending text messages and email, it is by far the most accurate voice recognition I have dealt with (and is light years beyond the systems in my car and truck for hands-free dialing). For example, it has always recognized the name "Thalia" accurately, even though it is not the most common name, and almost always recognizes "Ivan" even when pronounced "ee-van" as one of my coworkers does.
posted by TedW at 1:49 PM on November 2, 2011

If you can wait a few months, the Nexus Prime.
posted by no bueno at 1:49 PM on November 2, 2011

Would voice dialing be helpful for him?
posted by rmd1023 at 1:54 PM on November 2, 2011

I agree with TedW about Siri. It really doesn't get any easier. Stuff I've used it for today:

- remind me to feed the cats at three o'clock
- set a timer for twenty minutes
- call Mom at home
- send message to Paul how are you doing
- will I need an umbrella today
- set appointment for November 4 at 11 am Doctor So-and-so (Siri came back with "you already have an all day appointment on this date for X, do you still want to schedule this?")
posted by desjardins at 2:16 PM on November 2, 2011

I'm an Android fanatic, and even I say iPhone 4S. It's the simplest smartphone to use by a long shot, and much more stable than any Android device I've seen.

Think of it this way: if you advise them to go with anything else, sooner or later there will be something they want to do that they can't and the iPhone can. And they'll blame your recommendation.

In the other direction, something Android can do that iPhone can't, it's easier to list advantages of the iPhone that makes the lacing functionality less important.
posted by Tehhund at 2:35 PM on November 2, 2011

I am an Android owner and lover and in this case, I would totally say iPhone. Even though it kills me to do so.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:24 PM on November 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

iPhone is shiny and sexy, and there are a lot of nifty apps. Exec will love it.
posted by theora55 at 7:19 PM on November 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Noone ever got fired for buying an iPhone.
posted by Yowser at 6:04 AM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Tell him to reconsider BlackBerry and get a 9900. He probably is cursing over a 9700 or something. There is no touchscreen p, especially that horrid iPhone, that can match this one. Best physical keyboard ever made AND it has a beautifully responsive touchscreen.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 4:17 PM on November 3, 2011

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