A smartphone for seniors

The Swedish company Doro has focused on creating smartphones accessible to the over 65 age bracket for the past few years and is shortly expected to release new models with improved usability. Popular for their features, which enhance user experience for seniors, such as large buttons with intuitive navigation, easy menus, louder and clearer sounds and being HAC (hearing aid compatible), the handsets bring together the technology of smartphones of today with the simplicity of use that is needed.

The touchscreen is accompanied by the physical buttons for easier use of main functions such as the home function, the camera, back option and others.

 

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The upcoming model will also feature the option of an app that allows for friends and family to check in and monitor smartphone usage – the idea behind this is that authorized persons can be allowed to manage the phone, send photographs, install apps etc. Built with the Android system, there are numerous apps that can be downloaded and they will appear on a white background to facilitate detection.

Launching devices targeted at seniors is not only useful to ensure they are digitally connected but a fruitful business opportunity as the share of the global senior population continues to grow with estimates indicating there will be over 700 million people over 65 in less than 5 years. Explore more about mobile phone accessibility in the ITU-G3ict report Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible.

Additional Sources: The Memo, Irish Times, Doro