In today’s article, we’re going to tackle a topic that many people ignore: finding the best smartphone for seniors or older adults in 2020. Now, I think it is vital that even those who haven’t made a switch to using a smartphone should do it – while those who already have, might be deserving an upgrade.
We’re also keeping the budget in mind, recommending cheap smartphones for seniors only. These will still be able to perform all the tasks that a regular phone will nowadays, but the lower price will make it more appealing and more useful during this tougher times when finances are not as certain as before.
I know that when my mother made the switch to a smartphone, she was confused for a while. From the touch screen controls to the plethora of options, everything seemed too much for her and she told me she wants to switch back to using her old phone.
But after I insisted she gives it a second chance – and a couple of weeks later – she started to see how much more useful a smartphone can be: from voice control to large fonts, from access to Facebook and Skype (we’re usually away so now we easily use Skype to see each other) and many, many other things, a smartphone is a great choice for seniors and older adults staying at home and wishing to be in contact with friends and family.
And as I said already, we’re here to help you by sharing the best cheap smartphones for older adults and seniors in 2020. These phones will have a large screen so everything will be easier to spot on them, they will have voice control options, they will do everything your old phone did and a lot more.
Plus, you’ll get all the extra features for a lower price – because you really don’t need the latest iPhone model if you’re just making the switch to smartphones or upgrading for an older version. You’ll see that you will absolutely love the phones we have selected for you below!
We also have an app suggestion for Android phones before the article ends and it should help turn any of the smartphones listed below into an even more senior-friendly one with just a few taps. So there are a lot of treats for you today!
These being said, let’s not waste a single second and let’s check out below the best cheap smartphones for seniors and older adults for 2020 (from the cheapest to the most expensive at the moment of writing this post).
Important: all the products below run on the Android OS. iPhones are traditionally not cheap, so they couldn’t make it on our list – but Android phones are not inferior in terms of app offerings to iPhones!
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BLU VIVO X6
BLU phones will often be found on lists of cheap smartphones and they’re there for a reason: they are good, reliable, durable and offer great performance for really low costs.. The same can be said about the BLU VIVO X6 which usually sells for well under $200 and offers a massive 6.1″ high definition+ display that will make everything easier to read on the screen.
In terms of performance, the phone delivers a lot for the money you’ll spend on it, but you can’t expect it to go head to head against the flagship headphones out there. But you don’t need extreme performance for video calls, browsing the internet or using instant messaging apps.
For those more tech-savvy, we can say that it has a 1.6 GB octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with an additional 64GB available as an upgrade via an SD card. A 4,000mAH battery with quick charge rounds up some pretty decent specs for the price.
It also has decent cameras for taking photos (a 13MP rear facing camera and an 13MP selfie cam) or for video calls with friends and family.
The phone comes with a case for increased protection, as well as a screen protector. It is large and easy to use, with a high quality display in HD+ resolution.
All in all, the BLU VIVO XL2 is a really good choice when it comes to smartphones for older citizens: it has a large screen, a bright high quality display and it is also pretty comfortable to hold and light despite the large size.
Although this is not a brand to ring many bells, it is one that you shouldn’t ignore, becuase the Umidigi phones are offering a lot for a very low price.
These particular model is extremely impressive, with truly mind-blowing specifications, making it an extremely powerful device that can handle more advanced tasks even though it sells for a really low price.
Not only that you get a large display – 6.3″ – with full HD resolution and really good image quality, but it also has a huge battery, allowing you to use it for longer before recharging.
It also has a lot of storage – 128GB which can be extended with a microSD card, it has 4GB of RAM and 2.0GHz processor. In other words, it’s a smartphone that can do anything, from streaming video flawlessly to browsing the internet, video calls and much more.
It has a dual camera at the back and a solid selfie cam – while there are better cameras on more expensive models, you will have few reasons, if any, to be disappointed with the photo or video quality here. It’s not professional grade, but it’s not priced as a professional photography device either.
All in all, this is a great phone that will surprise you without a doubt. Definitely consider it!
Huawei P30 Lite – Editor’s Choice
While this is not a current-generation phone, it is one that still impresses today. Even better, since it’s an older Huawei model, it still runs Google Play and all the other Google apps that the new models don’t by default.
I am personally still using the Pro version of this phone, with no signs that I will need to upgrade anytime soon – and I am sure you will be just as happy with the Huawei P30 Lite. It’s a really, really good phone and the best choice on this list, in my opinion, taking price and performance into account.
The display doesn’t offer a full HD resolution as the model above, but the large screen (6.15-inch display) still delivers a crisp, beautiful image. The performance is even better thanks to the octa-core processor running at 2.2Ghz and the 4GB of RAM.
It offers 128GB of storage and up to 512GB on a microSD (which uses the phone’s second SIM slot, so you have to take this in consideration if you need dual-sim devices), but it’s centerpiece is the amazing camera combo.
The Huawei phones offer some of the best cameras on the market, and even though this is a Lite version, the quality of the images will blow you away. You will really have no reasons to complain if you choose this model!
Google – Pixel 3a
If you prefer a better known brand and you have a bit more money to spare, then this Google Pixel model will become your next best friend: extremely useful if you’re looking for a truly awesome camera combo.
The Pixel 3a is smaller than the other phones on this list – “just” 5.6″ – but offers an amazing resolution and crystal clear images on its OLED display.
It offers a high performance as well, handling well everything from streaming to playing games, thanks to its octa-core processor running at 2.0GHz and 4GB of RAM. It only offers 64GB of internal storage and unfortunately no microSD slot, so that’s all you have to play with.
But that’s the thing with better known brands: they’re more expensive than lesser known ones and offer less in terms of specifications. It’s up for you to decide if you prefer the better known brands for a price or performance from lesser known companies.
How to make your phone even more senior-friendly
As I promised, I have a big treat for you to make all the Android-powered smartphones listed above even easier to use by seniors. Some – if not all – models above offer something similar, but you might want to try the app as well since it is designed to make things easier for older adults who need larger fonts and icons and less clutter on their screen.
I am talking about the Simple Launcher app (you can download it by clicking here – it’s FREE) which makes a few welcome improvements to the interface. The icons are larger, the interface is simple and intuitive, full screen notifications, large SMS interface and much more.
It’s like the middle man between using a traditional mobile phone and a smartphone and it’s perfect to help you get started and find your new smartphone confusing or intimidating.
I know that switching to using smartphones or even upgrading from an older model seems intimidating at first, but you only need to give them a chance and, just like my mother did, you will end up loving your new phone.
Remember that even though it seems that the younger generation knows everything about them, we were just as clueless as you are when we first got ours.
So don’t let frustration kick in! Instead, take your time with your new smartphone, take it slow and steady and you’ll see that they’re not that difficult to use.
And if you enjoy out list of the best smartphones for seniors, don’t hesitate to share it with your friends: they might be looking for a great cheap phone as well!