What is it?
A clamshell phone that rips away anything and everything that confuses you about today’s ‘smart’ (complicated) phones. A phone that is purely focused on the old, this simple beast is ideal for anybody who wants a simple device that does everything.
Look and Feel
Here is a phone that actually comes with a cradle! Haven’t seen one of those in ages.
Anyway, the phone is more or less exactly how you would expect a clamshell to be. It features an external display, which tells you time and notifications, as well as shows you the camera and flash.
On the sides you will notice the volume buttons as well as the charger/headset port on the other side.
Inside, you will find big buttons with large text display on them, as well as other user friendly keys.
The back features an ‘Assistance’ button, which lets you call help in case you need it in a case of emergency.
- Extra loud clear sound with speaker phone
- FM Radio
- Assistance button
- Camera (2MP) with flash
- Optional display modes for visually impaired
- Hearing Aid compatible
- 3G (no Wifi)
- Up to 380 hours stand by time, up to 10 hours talk time
Ah, those were the days, when phones had external displays! This one does though, and it can be used to read time as well as look at your notifications. If off, just press any of the side keys to turn it back on again.
Perhaps one of the best features in this phone is the assistance feature. While it needs to be programmed, you can set three contacts that get informed if you need assistance. They all get texts, and then calls go out to them one by one, in order and in case first one doesn’t answer, the next one automatically gets dialled.
And no, it is designed so you can prevent false alarms too.
The In Case of Emergency is a great feature, where you can add medical information, as well as numbers to call etc in case you are in some kind of an emergency. The ICE contact card has often been recommended in public, but this phone actually asks you to use it properly. You can enter things such as date of birth, height, weight, address, language, insurance details, contacts, blood type, allergies, medications, etc.
The phone serves well as far as daily usage goes. While I cannot look at it from someone who is old’s point of view, I can definitely see it being very useful in the hands of parents and grandparents. The simplicity is the key here. Features like Assistance and ICE also give you more confidence.
Yeah, you won’t be using apps on this, or probably use the camera to do much more than take the occasional photo, but if you want a phone that offers pure functionality, this one is it.
What I particularly like about it as this while it comes with a cradle, it charges off of a micro-USB charger, so any of your regular chargers will do.
The battery life is brilliant enough for you not too worry too much about chargers though.
More information on the phone can be found at the following link:
It costs just north of £100 GBP and is available via various online retailers.
A fully functional easy to use phone, that promises both simplicity and assistance features. Price is a lot higher than the competition, but none of the competition is focused on the same audience as this.