Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
In the incredibly rich, diverse and capacious market for mobile phones of all possible form factors and functions, there is a specific category focused on a specific audience of consumers. We are talking about older people who experience natural limitations in physical and learning abilities. Such mobile phones – with large mechanical buttons, large screen fonts and various additional special features – have received a kind of self-name – 'babushkofon'.
The editors have prepared for you a voluminous review of the best, in the opinion of our experts, babushkophones available on the Russian market. This information will help you consciously choose the most suitable phone for your loved one.
- Rating of the best babushkofonov
- The best monoblock grandmothers
- Prestigio Muze L1
- VERTEX C311
- Philips Xenium E331
- Ginzzu MB601
- INOI 107B
- Alcatel 2008G
- ZTE N1
- Digma LINX A230WT 2G
- The best granny clamshell phones
- ONEXT Care-Phone 6
- Alcatel 2051D
- Ginzzu MF701
- Alcatel 3025X
- The best grandma phones with the biggest buttons
- teXet TM-B227
- Just5 BRICK
- Fly ezzy 9
- Ergo F184 Respect Dual Sim
- Sigma mobile Comfort 50
- MAXVI T1
- BQ 2441 Comfort
- Elari NanoPhone
Rating of the best babushkofonov
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best monoblock grandmothers||1||Prestigio Muze L1||988 RUB|
|2||VERTEX C311||RUB 1,590|
|3||Philips Xenium E331||RUB 3,990|
|4||Ginzzu MB601||RUB 700|
|5||INOI 107B||1 290 rub.|
|6||Alcatel 2008G||RUB 1,724|
|7||ZTE N1||1 290 rub.|
|8||Digma LINX A230WT 2G||RUB 2,573|
|The best granny clamshell phones||1||ONEXT Care-Phone 6||RUB 1,930|
|2||Alcatel 2051D||1 200 RUB|
|3||Ginzzu MF701||RUB 1,000|
|4||Alcatel 3025X||RUB 1,990|
|The best grandma phones with the biggest buttons||1||teXet TM-B227||RUB 1,690|
|2||Just5 BRICK||RUB 9,790|
|3||Fly ezzy 9||RUB 1,690|
|4||Ergo F184 Respect Dual Sim||–|
|5||Sigma mobile Comfort 50||RUB 4 800|
|6||MAXVI T1||898 RUB|
|7||BQ 2441 Comfort||RUB 1,940|
|8||Elari NanoPhone||RUB 1,690|
The rating is based on data from the RankQuality.com service.
The best monoblock grandmothers
In the first roundup, we'll take a look at candy bar phones with mechanical keyboards. Some of the models presented are essentially ordinary push-button telephones without pronounced signs of a functional orientation towards the elderly. Such phones are best suited for those older people who do not yet have obvious problems with the senses and fine motor skills, but who already find it difficult to master the functionality and specifics of modern smartphones with touch screens.
Prestigio Muze L1
An interesting technological solution for the elderly is offered by the domestic brand Prestigio. This is a candy bar phone, originally designed for such a specific audience, but with not too intrusive features of a grandmother.
The case is of a classic design made of quite ordinary black plastic. Dimensions – 58.5×124.6×14.6mm. Net weight – 92 g. A 2.4-inch color TN-matrix screen displays an image of 320×240 and a density of 128 pixels per inch, displays about 65 thousand shades.
In this model, you can use two SIM cards at once (ordinary mini-SIM) with alternating activation – both SIM cards work in standby mode, and in talk mode the other card will temporarily be 'out of range'. Of the available communication standards, only the simplest 2G telephony is available here – GSM 900/1800. Internet access – using GPRS technology.
This grandmother is relatively 'advanced' in terms of multimedia capabilities. They, of course, are very symbolic and cannot be compared with the resource of even the most simple smartphone, but this is often quite enough for the leisure and entertainment of an older person. So, here we have an elementary rear camera at 0.3 Mpix, FM-radio, means of playing audio files in MP3 format. Headphone / headset output is standard – 3.5mm. This headset also serves as an antenna for the radio.
There is also a button SOS – an emergency notification at pre-specified numbers. It is located directly under the camera and stands out against the black background of the body with a bright orange color. On many resources, in the descriptions of this phone model, you can find a configuration in which the buttons SOS are not provided, but an LED flash is installed instead. It is advisable to specify these configuration details when ordering.
The system runs under the authority of the processor MediaTek MT6261. Provides 32MB of RAM and the same amount of built-in memory. This amount of integrated memory is enough for several tracks in mp3 format, a selection of photos, a small video. To store more content, you can use the slot for external memory cards up to 32GB.
To exchange information, you can connect to the phone via Bluetooth 3.0 or wired communication via the USB interface. The phone is powered by a removable 800 mAh battery. You can charge it directly via the micro-USB connector or via the docking station that is included in the package.
- bright screen;
- two sim cards;
- relatively broad functionality;
- good audibility in conversation;
- programmable up-down buttons;
- quick dial;
- there is a docking station.
- some users consider the maximum ringer volume insufficient.
Now let's look at a good grandmother's phone of another very famous trade mark – VERTEX. This model is in many respects similar to the previous one, but the emphasis here is on increased autonomy due to the almost twice as large battery.
Phone dimensions – 58.5x123x12.5mm, net weight – 93g. The body, design, size of buttons and fonts – all this is largely the same as the above model. Color screen with a diagonal of 2 inches and dimensions of 176×220 pixels at a density of 141 pixels per inch.
Like the previous grandmother, this device supports the use of two SIM cards in alternate mode. Cellular standards – GSM 900/1800/1900. There is also exactly the same multimedia set as in the above model: a 0.3MP rear camera, FM radio, MP3 player, 3.5mm headset output. Flash is not provided. Instead, there is a button SOS on the back under the camera.
The microelectronic profile of the device is exactly the same as that of Prestigio Muze L1: processor MediaTek MT6261, 32MB of internal memory, a slot for external memory cards up to 32GB. There is a wireless module Bluetooth 2.0.
This model has an increased autonomy resource, which is provided by a lithium-ion removable battery 1400mAh. According to a rough estimate, this capacity should be enough for 7 hours of calls or 400 hours of waiting. Charging – via micro-USB or docking station included in the package.
- reliability and indestructibility;
- high-quality speakerphone;
- two sim cards;
- ease of use;
- there is a docking station.
- unsystematic comments of a subjective nature from buyers.
Philips Xenium E331
Now let's take a look at the classic push-button telephone from the famous electronics and home appliances brand Philips. Strictly speaking, this model is not positioned as a grandmother's phone, and is a kind of compromise between a grandmother's phone and just a push-button telephone. However, most of the buyers purchase this model specifically for the elderly.
The dimensions of the phone are 56.2×134.2×14.6mm, the net weight is 112 g. The size of the color LCD screen in the diagonal is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 320×240 pixels and their density is 167 per inch. The design is modest yet elegant. The numbers on the buttons are large and well distinguishable.
Here, too, it is possible to operate two SIM cards with an alternating mode. At the same time, the memory card slot is separate, and not combined with a SIM slot, as is often the case. Supported communication standards – GSM 900/1800/1900 and GPRS for Internet access or receiving MMS messages.
This model can use standard polyphonic melodies or arbitrary audio files in MP3 format as an incoming call. To store them, you should use an external memory card, since only more than 3 megabytes of the 32MB of internal memory are available to the user. There is a vibrating alert.
The multimedia capabilities of the phone include a simple 0.3MP rear camera, FM radio, MP3 player, voice recorder. Flash is not provided. There is a standard 3.5mm headset output. A headset is not required for the radio to work – the phone has its own built-in radio antenna. To connect the phone to other devices, you can use a wired connection to the micro-USB connector or a wireless radio module Bluetooth 2.1 – through which, by the way, the phone allows you to transmit audio using the extended A2DP profile.
The characteristics of autonomy are even more impressive here than in the previous babushkophone. The capacity of the removable battery is 1600 mAh, which should be enough in the context of average power consumption for about 25 hours of talking or 1146 hours of standby. The package includes a cradle for convenient installation and charging of the phone.
- elegant appearance;
- charging base;
- built-in radio antenna;
- two sim cards;
- separate slot for memory cards.
- not the most convenient menu.
Now we propose to consider the Ginzzu grandmother's phone, which is in many respects very similar to the first model in the collection Prestigio Muze L1, has comparable functionality, but is much cheaper.
The dimensions of the device are 53x113x13mm, the net weight is 78g. Externally, there is also a significant similarity with the Muze L1, a color screen with TN in the diagonal of 1.77 inches with image dimensions of 128×160 pixels. The density is 116 pixels per inch.
Two slots for SIM cards work in alternating mode, providing cellular communication of GSM 900/1800/1900 standards. A module Bluetooth is used for wireless connection to a computer. There is 32MB internal memory and a 16GB external memory slot. The slot is separate, and does not require removing one of the SIM cards to install memory. The multimedia capabilities of your phone include the presence of an FM radio and the ability to play MP3 audio files. The camera is not provided here, but given the ultra-affordable price and not too much need, this moment is forgivable.
In terms of autonomy, this grandmother's phone is a cross between the three options described above – the removable battery has a capacity of 950 mAh. Rechargeable via micro-USB. An interface cable is supplied as standard.
An interesting feature of this model is the presence of a flashlight that can function even when the device is turned off – there is a separate button to turn on the flashlight. Two programmable buttons M1 and M2 can be configured for emergency calls.
- reliability and indestructibility;
- good audibility;
- programmable buttons;
- separate slot for memory cards;
- the flashlight works even when the phone is off;
- two sim cards.
- flaws in the firmware and interface.
Another grandmother of the Russian trade mark is INOI 107B. It is a reliable and user-friendly device that is in great demand and has a good reputation.
In this model, we see even more limited functionality, but for many reasons this approach makes sense – at least in order not to confuse the elderly person and to minimize the likelihood of erroneous actions.
Only one cellular SIM card can be used here. Supported standards – GSM 900/1800, Internet access is not provided. The screen is color, quite large – 2 inches diagonally. And at the same time the screen, attention, touch. This idea allowed not only to expand the possibilities of management, but also to 'disguise' the button SOS, which many older people regard with dissatisfaction, as an unnecessary unpleasant reminder of their age. The developers decided to just make the button soft on the touchscreen.
The signals of incoming calls are reproduced here by means of a set of built-in polyphonic melodies, a vibration alert is not provided. Multimedia capabilities are presented by an FM radio powered by a built-in separate antenna. There is even a rear camera, but absolutely symbolic – 0.1 megapixels, it can only serve for simple entertainment. Built-in memory installed – 32MB, you can deliver an external flash card up to 32GB. The Bluetooth – module is used for wireless data transmission. Battery capacity – 800 mAh.
In general, this is a solid, reliable and convenient device with an original solution for the button SOS, but a significant part of users are questioning its price. Although it is not high in absolute terms, it is noticeably higher than models with similar functionality. But the reason is obvious and objective – the touch screen, and therefore the cost does not particularly affect the popularity of the grandmother's phone.
- good audibility;
- radio without headphones (there is a built-in antenna);
- touch screen;
- simplicity and clarity.
- a number of functional limitations.
Now let's take a look at another popular brand name babushkophone that once almost dominated the mobile phone market – Alcatel. This is an easy-to-use candy bar with good functionality and decent autonomy.
The dimensions of the device are 61.5x117x12.5mm, the net weight is 90g. The appearance is not much different from most of the models discussed above – a sturdy, shock-resistant case with rounded corners and edges, large buttons, large contrasting inscriptions. There is a button SOS at the back. Color screen with a diagonal of 2.4 inches and a resolution of 320×240 pixels at a density of 167 pixels per inch.
As in the previous model, there is only one slot for a SIM card of the usual form factor. Supported standards GSM 900/1800/1900, there is a possibility of Internet access via GPRS and receiving MMS-messages. The ring tone is played by built-in polyphonic melodies or a vibration module.
This model significantly differs from the others discussed above by a significantly wider field for multimedia entertainment. It all starts with the camera – its resolution is 2 megapixels, which already implies not only a symbolic 'decorative' function. In addition to this, the system allows you to record video with a resolution of 176×144 and a frame rate of 30 per second. Flash is not provided. There is an FM radio module and a built-in antenna for it. The device can also play MP3 audio files.
From the entire volume of built-in memory, the user can use only 5 megabytes. Therefore, in order to have something to store photos, videos and other multimedia content on, it makes sense to install an external memory card (up to 32GB). Alternatively, the captured photos and videos can be downloaded to a computer via USB or Bluetooth 3.0.
This model also features a 1400 mAh battery, which ensures long-term operation without recharging. You can charge the phone through a cable and micro-USB connector, or through a cradle (docking station).
Additional software functions: loudspeaker, flight mode, alarm clock, organizer.
The delivery set of this grandmother's phone includes the device itself, a USB cable, a cradle, a power adapter, and a removable battery.
This model has a newer counterpart – 2019G, which is several hundred rubles more expensive. However, this novelty can be misleading, since the 2019G functionality is practically the same, the appearance and screen capabilities are completely the same, and the battery has half the capacity.
- ease of use;
- relatively wide multimedia capabilities;
- built-in radio antenna;
- relatively high camera resolution;
- multimedia capabilities;
- the menu is not very convenient and understandable for an elderly person.
Another monoblock grandmother, which has earned a high appraisal of specialists, is a device manufactured by the well-known company ZTE, which supplies high-quality and mostly inexpensive telecommunications equipment all over the world.
Externally, the phone is close to many popular models from the 'pre-smartphone' era, and the grandmother in it only gives out a mechanical button SOS, located in the most prominent place – in the center of the navigation buttons block. The dimensions of the device are 54.7×122.9×13.7mm, net weight is 70g. The color LCD is relatively large at 2.4 inches.
Here we come back again to the concept of two SIM cards with alternating operation. Communication standards GSM 900/1800 are supported, Internet access is not provided. You can set any of the standard polyphonic melodies to the call.
The multimedia capabilities are cut down quite significantly here – the rear camera is practically useless – 0.1 megapixels – can be used only as a kind of toy. There is also an FM radio and a flashlight. Additional software functions: alarm clock, notebook.
There is built-in memory here – a little more than 30MB, but even this meager amount is not fully available to the user. To store something, you will need to purchase a memory card up to 8GB in volume. A radio module Bluetooth is used to connect to other devices wirelessly. 2.1.
The most remarkable thing about this grandmother is the battery. Its capacity of 1400 mAh is enough for many hours of talks and orders of magnitude more than the standby mode.
- two sim cards;
- reliability and continuity;
- large color screen;
- high-quality communication;
- good audibility;
- there may be false button presses SOS due to its availability.
Digma LINX A230WT 2G
Completing the selection of an extended review of the best grandmother phones in 2019 according to the version is the most expensive and most unusual model of the Digma trademark in this part.
The first thing that impresses in this device is its massiveness and dimensions. The dimensions are gigantic – 68×135.5x27mm, the corresponding weight is 266 g. And these values are by no means a drawback, rather the opposite – the pleasant weight is more recognizable for people accustomed to stationary phones, and the area of the front panel allows you to place truly huge buttons, which are impossible miss even in thick mittens. The body is made of plastic with a strict and effective design. Upsetting is the discrepancy between the declared indicators of shock resistance and moisture protection to the real state of affairs. It is better not to drop the grandmother's phone and avoid contact with water.
A few words about the screen. Its dimensions are 2.31 inches, the resolution is 320×240 with a pixel density of 173 per inch. The manufacturer claims scratch-resistant glass, but it is better not to check this 'superpower', since there is already a precedent described above with shock and moisture resistance.
As for cellular communication, here we have the opportunity to use two SIM cards alternately. In cellular networks GSM 900/1800, you can make calls without access to the Internet. Incoming calls are signaled by built-in polyphonic melodies. There is a symbolic rear camera with the ability to record video, but at a low resolution. Flash is not provided. There is also a built-in FM radio, voice recorder function, MP3 audio format support.
An interesting solution of the developers of this model is to combine the functions of a cell phone and a conventional walkie-talkie in one device. For the latter to function, the antenna included in the delivery set should be connected to the monoblock. This format makes sense for instant communication between people in the same room – a house, a large apartment. The implementation of this format here, however, is not the most flawless, but for such a price the result is quite acceptable.
Finally, the most remarkable thing about this grandmother is the battery with its 6000 mAh capacity. The phone can work for weeks without recharging, and it can still be used as a power bank – in addition to the connector for charging micro-USB, there is exactly the same socket next to it, but already the opposite one – for charging other gadgets from the phone.
The package includes the device itself, a USB cable, a power adapter, an antenna for the radio, a clip, headphones, and a screwdriver.
- impressive appearance;
- reliability and durability;
- high-quality communication;
- radio function;
- huge buttons;
- prohibitive autonomy;
- radio button without blocking;
- moisture protection and shock resistance do not correspond to the declared ones.
The best granny clamshell phones
In the second section of our review of the best grandma phones of 2019 according to the version, we will take a look at a selection of clamshell form factor models. Our experts have identified such models in a separate category, not only with an eye to the personal preferences of potential users. The fact is that such a form factor is one of the few alternatives for seniors when it is necessary to prevent accidental presses, but it is difficult for an older person to master the combination for locking the keyboard. At the same time, personal preferences can also play a significant role.
ONEXT Care-Phone 6
Let's start with the popular ONEXT babushkophone. The eponymous manufacturing company was founded in Hong Kong back in 2000, but there is every reason to believe that ONEXT's roots are still Russian.
The phone is made in a classic style for clamshells, the body is plastic without any special design delights, there are two colors – black and red. The surface has a texture that effectively masks fingerprints. The dimensions of the device are 100x52x18mm. On the outer side of the top cover there is a large mechanical button SOS with a diameter of 16 mm, which stands out brightly against the background with color, relief and decorative design.
The phone is equipped with a color LCD screen with a TN-matrix with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The screen diagonal is 2.4 inches. A good screen here is set off by a frankly weak rear camera with a resolution of only 0.1 megapixels. It can be used for entertainment rather than lucid photography. The same camera can shoot short videos. There is no flash. Other multimedia features of this model are listening to MP3 audio and FM radio through the built-in antenna, recording to a dictaphone.
It uses a solution common for modern mobile phones – two slots for different SIM cards with alternating operation. Supported standards GSM 900/1800/1900. There are also wireless radios Bluetooth and WiMAX. There is a separate slot for memory cards that does not interfere with the use of two SIM cards at the same time.
The phone is powered by a removable 1000 mAh battery. This capacity, according to the manufacturer, should be enough for 10 hours of calls or 220 hours of waiting. Charging via a standard adapter with a 0.8 meter cable and a microUSB plug.
Additional functions of the grandmother – a flashlight, a loudspeaker.
- high-quality assembly;
- good audibility;
- large button SOS on the outside of the case;
- three programmable buttons;
- built-in radio antenna.
- poor location of the volume rocker (accidental pressing).
We present another brand phone Alcatel in the review of the best grandmother phones according to the version. In terms of key parameters, the device is similar to the previous model, but it still has slightly wider possibilities.
The dimensions of the device are 52.5×105.7×17.25mm, made of sufficiently high quality materials with deep attention to detail. Large island-style buttons deserve special praise for their convenience and appearance. The screen parameters here are completely similar to the ONEXT model described above – 2.4 inches in diagonal, resolution 320×240 with a density of 167 pixels per inch.
In this model, you can also use two SIM cards at the same time, but only in different formats – mini-SIM and micro-SIM. The standards of voice communication GSM 900/1800/1900 and mobile Internet – WAP, GPRS are supported. You can put both standard polyphonic melodies and any MP3 file on the call. There is a vibrating alert.
In terms of multimedia, this model is more interesting than the previous one. In any case, the camera of Alcatel 2051D is more than an order of magnitude (20 times) more detailed – the resolution is 2MP. There is no flash. The phone allows you to listen to audio in MP3, FM radio, play built-in simple games.
For wireless communication, this model uses the Bluetooth 2.1 module. For storing files, captured photos, music – a separate slot for external flash memory cards up to 32GB that does not depend on SIM cards. The phone is powered by a 750 mAh battery. Charging – through an adapter with a connection to the micro-USB connector.
Additional useful functions of the firmware – alarm clock, 'fake call' function, black and white lists, automatic call recording.
- high-quality assembly;
- good audibility;
- relatively good camera;
- convenient and understandable menu;
- nice interior design;
- convenient island buttons;
- useful additional functions.
- weak regular battery.
The Ginzzu trademark has already appeared in the first part of the review of the best grandma phones of 2019 according to the version. And in this part, too, our experts recommend taking a closer look at the phone of the same company, but only in the clamshell form factor.
Other things being equal in terms of functionality, this model is significantly better thought out from the point of view of convenience for an elderly person and various 'pitfalls'. So, for example, there are no side rocker keys for adjusting the volume. They are the first candidates for accidental clicking with an awkward movement. Then, in this grandmother's phone, an active flip works normally – answering a call by opening the clamshell and ending by closing it. This seemingly obviously useful function does not work in all folding form-factor grandmother phones.
The dimensions of the device are 52x102x18mm, the net weight is 94g, the body is plastic, the color screen is 2.4 inches in diagonal with a resolution of 320×240 and a pixel density of 167 per inch. A feature is the presence of a retractable antenna, as in classic radio receivers. It is needed just for the functioning of the built-in FM radio without being tied to the headphones as an antenna.
The phone supports the simultaneous use of two SIM cards in alternating mode. Voice cellular standards – GSM 900/1800/1900. Internet access is not provided. The ringing role is played by a polyphonic melody, unfortunately, the only one.
Wireless communication in this model is through the module Bluetooth, wired connection to the computer through the included USB2.0 interface cable to the corresponding micro-USB connector.
The multimedia instruments in this grandmother are weaker than in the previous one. The camera has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, there is no flash, there is a built-in FM radio with a separate retractable antenna. You can also listen to audio in MP3, make recordings on a dictaphone.
For data storage, this model has built-in memory in a very small volume – 32MB. But to expand the memory, you can use the slot for flash cards up to 16GB.
The phone is powered by a removable 800 mAh battery. Additional useful functions: flashlight, the ability to use as a USB drive, alarm clock.
- well thought out adaptation to the specifics of exploitation by an older person;
- good audibility;
- active flip;
- readable and understandable menu.
- unsuccessful key backlighting.
The selection of the best clamshell phones according to the version is completed by another model of the trade mark Alcatel. This grandmother is a kind of 'cousin' of the above Alcatel 2008G.
Despite the fact that the form factor of this model is fundamentally different from the 2008G, the style of execution and design is identical here. Outwardly, the grandmother looks laconic, but pleasant and even elegant when unfolded.
Case dimensions – 55.4x106x16.9mm, net weight – 108g. Large color screen with a diagonal of 2.8 inches, resolution – 320×240 with a density of 143 pixels per inch. Matrix type – TN, reproduces up to 65.54 thousand shades.
Here, the developers have already decided to abandon the popular 'dual sim' solution, and there is only one slot for SIM cards, the format is microSIM. You can set a standard polyphonic melody to the call. The lack of a second SIM card slot is more than compensated by the possibility of accessing the Internet, and not anyhow, but 3G. Support for other standards – GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS.
The rear camera here is better than the previous model – the resolution is 2 megapixels. Other multimedia elements – FM radio, voice recorder. Headphone output is standard – 3.5mm.
This babushkophone, among other things, demonstrates high performance in key electronics. So, there is as much as 128MB of RAM and twice more built-in memory. But even 256MB of built-in storage can quickly run out, so for more active use it is worth expanding the memory with an external card up to 32GB.
The phone uses a radio Bluetooth for wireless communication. The battery capacity looks good at first glance, but the consumption of this model is slightly higher than that of similar phones. Therefore, the capacity of the 970 mAh battery, according to the manufacturer, will suffice for up to 4 hours of talks or 200 hours of standby. Charging via micro-USB connector.
- quality and reliability;
- comfortable large buttons;
- good audibility;
- 3G internet;
- large bright screen;
- relatively much memory;
- simple but nice design.
- unsystematic subjective claims of users.
The best grandma phones with the biggest buttons
The third and final selection in the review of the best grandmothers of 2019, according to experts, is the same voluminous, and includes models with the largest and most expressive dial buttons. Such a solution is optimal not so much for people with extremely limited abilities, but for those who still lead an active social life and from time to time write down new numbers on their own or dial manually.
The first to consider the teXet monoblock grandmother. This is a Russian brand of good and inexpensive electronics, owned by the Alkotel Electronic Systems company.
The grandmother is made in a classic design, a black plastic case with rounded edges, edges and corners. Dimensions – 62×121.5×11.5mm, net weight – 137g. The 2.2-inch color LCD screen has a resolution of 176×220 with a density of 128 ppi. The keys are really large, but the gaps between them are barely noticeable. However, the large outline of the numbers in white on black does not give a chance to miss.
For cellular communication, this model has two slots for 'sim cards' with alternating operation (when talking on one 'sim card' the second one will be inactive during the call, in standby mode both cards will be active for reception). You can put a polyphonic melody on the call or set the vibration mode. Supported standards GSM 900/1800/1900 without Internet access. Wireless communication with other devices – Bluetooth.
The set of multimedia tools and tools here is expectedly meager. Rear camera with 'symbolic' resolution, MP3 audio format support, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack. To store content there is 32MB of internal memory and a slot for external flash cards up to 16GB.
The phone is powered by a capacious 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery. Recharges via micro-USB or the included stand. Additional bonuses: alarm function, flashlight, speech synthesizer for speaking text / numbers typed on the keyboard, programmable buttons for speed dialing.
- high-quality sound;
- charging stand;
- quick dial;
- speech synthesizer;
- fragile body.
Now let's pay attention to something special from the Latvian company Just5. Outwardly, the phone may seem extremely simple without any design intricacies, but the first impression is wrong.
In terms of industrial design, this is perhaps the most 'advanced' babushkophone in this collection. The thing is that Artemy Lebedev's studio was involved in the development of the design. Knowing how bold and often ambiguous ideas the studio runs the risk of embodying, information about ArtLebedev's participation in the development of the phone can be treated with some caution, but exactly until the moment the grandmother gets into the hands.
The dimensions of the monoblock case are 52.5×112.4×17.5mm, net weight – 90g. The body colors can be different – from charcoal black to bright red. The buttons are really big and expressive. You can navigate the menus with a pair of up and down navigation keys at the top of the keyboard. The screen size here is 1.77 inches with a matrix resolution of 128×160 and a density of 116 pixels per inch. Displays over 65 thousand shades.
For mobile communications, this model uses one SIM card of the usual mini-SIM format. Supported standards GSM 900/1800. Internet access is not provided. The estimated SAR radiation level is 0.372. The call can work in the mode of a polyphonic melody or vibration.
The multimedia content in this model is limited only by the built-in FM radio with a separate telescopic antenna and a few standard games. No camera.
A 1000 mAh battery is used to power the device in stand-alone mode. In terms of power consumption, this model should be enough for 8 hours of talk time or 250 hours of standby.
Other useful additional functions: speakerphone, flight mode, flashlight, alarm clock. The package includes the phone itself, a micro-USB cable, a charger with a USB plug, a headset, and documentation.
In general, this is a very good grandmother's phone with a small set of functions, but extremely convenient and reliable. The only problem is that the model was introduced quite a long time ago, in 2013, and today it takes effort to find such a new phone on sale.
- exceptional convenience;
- quality materials and packaging;
- separate antenna for radio;
- reliability and continuity;
- loud noise;
- industrial design from the studio of Artemy Lebedev.
- it's hard to find a new phone in 2019.
Fly ezzy 9
The third issue in the final selection of the review is the grandmother of one of the most famous brands – Fly. The brand is known for its inexpensive, fairly high-quality and functional gadgets.
Phone dimensions – 58×119.5×12.75mm, weight – 117g. The case is plastic, the design is discreet, classic. For all the laconic design, the grandmother's appearance is quite nice. 2.3-inch color LCD screen with 320×240 resolution and 174 ppi.
For calls in this model, you can use two SIM cards at the same time. The format of the cards is mini-SIM. The operating mode is alternating. You can use standard polyphonic melodies as a ringtone. Supported standards GSM 900/1800 without Internet access.
For shooting not too demanding photos and videos, the phone has a simple rear camera with a resolution of 0.3MP. Flash is not provided. The maximum video resolution is 320×240. Supported video formats – 3GP, MP4, AVI, audio – AAC, WAV. There is also a built-in radio receiver. Headphones are connected via a standard 3.5 mm jack.
The system is controlled by a processor with a frequency of 312 MHz, built-in memory is installed 30.72 MB. The external flash memory slot can be expanded up to plus 16GB. Wireless communication is represented here by the module Bluetooth 2.1.
Another plus of this grandmother is decent autonomy. The standard lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh provides up to 6 hours of talks, up to 40 hours of listening to audio and up to 300 hours of standby. Charging via micro-USB.
Additional functions – flight mode, A2DP profile for high-quality audio transmission over Bluetooth, flashlight, alarm clock.
- nice appearance;
- good audibility;
- bright screen;
- headphones included;
- there are cases of keyboard failure within the warranty period.
Ergo F184 Respect Dual Sim
Now we offer to consider an extremely simple, but ultra-reliable and inexpensive grandmotherphone of the Ergo trademark. The brand belongs to the British company Network Selects Ltd – a well-known manufacturer of inexpensive budget electronics. Products are assembled in Taiwan, Turkey and the PRC.
The phone is made in monoblock form factor with a simple but interesting design. Large contrasting key signatures are clearly visible for people with low vision. The dimensions of the device are 58x120x14mm, the net weight is 93g. 1.77 “TFT color display with 120×160 resolution and 113 ppi. The bright red button SOS stands out clearly against the black background of the rear panel.
It supports the use of two SIM cards simultaneously in alternating mode. The format of the cards is ordinary mini-SIM. Support for mobile communication standards – GSM 900/1800, Internet access – EDGE. Regular monophonic melodies are used as a ringtone. A module Bluetooth is provided for communication with other devices 'over the air'.
Multimedia capabilities in this model are reduced to almost a minimum: a rear camera with a resolution of 0.3 Mpix, listening to FM radio. There is no flash.
The grandmother's electronics are controlled by an unexpectedly powerful (relatively) processor MediaTek MT6261 with a frequency of 512 MHz. Built-in memory 32MB, available expansion via external flash cards up to plus 8GB.
The phone's autonomous power supply is provided by a removable 800 mAh battery, rechargeable via micro-USB. Additional functions – alarm clock, flashlight.
- high-quality assembly;
- speed of work;
- interesting design.
- limited functionality.
Sigma mobile Comfort 50
Further in our review comes an interesting grandmother of the Sigma trademark. It is interesting primarily for the original approach to answering and calling through different SIM cards. So, each line has its own 'green tube button'. This allows a person to call from different cards without additional manipulations in the line selection menu.
Monoblock dimensions – 59.6×131.2×13.5mm, net weight – 102g. The 2.8-inch color LCD screen has a resolution of 320×240 with a density of 143 ppi. Two colors are available – black and red.
It is clear from the introduction that the phone supports two SIM cards. Voice cellular standards – GSM 900/1800/1900, Internet access – GPRS and EDGE. Wireless communication with gadgets – through the module Bluetooth 3.0. You can set standard polyphonic melodies on the call.
The phone is equipped with a simple rear-facing camera with a resolution of 0.3MP. There's even an LED flash. The device reproduces video in MP4 format, audio in MP3, radio in FM-range, records sound in voice recorder mode.
In this model, the data storage scheme common for grandmothers is used – 32MB of internal memory and a slot for external cards up to 32GB. The device is powered by a 1000 mAh battery. The manufacturer claims an autonomy of up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 192 hours of standby. Charging via micro-USB.
The package includes a phone, a separate battery, a power adapter for charging, a wired headset, and a USB cable.
In general, this is a solid, reliable and convenient babushkophone without obvious flaws in the functionality, but many users are upset by its clearly inflated price against the background of models similar in capabilities. Nevertheless, the grandmother's feedback is good and it continues to be in great demand.
- good audibility;
- ease of use;
- Internet access;
- separate buttons for accepting a call for each SIM card;
- good autonomy.
- unreasonably high price.
The review of the best grandmothers of 2019 continues according to the version, the complete opposite of the previous model in terms of price, design and partly functionality. MAXVI is a domestic brand of wearable gadgets that has earned a good reputation for cheap and fairly high-quality equipment.
The dimensions of the device are 50x112x18mm. If you look closely at the dimensions, you can already see some non-standard features. Indeed, the phone has a very interesting ergonomic design and looks massive, but actually weighs only 76g. The color screen measuring 1.77 inches in diagonal and a resolution of 160×128 with a density of 116 pixels per inch is capable of reproducing up to 262.14 thousand shades.
Like the previous model, this babushkophone uses a 2-channel mobile communication model with alternating operation of two SIM cards. The standards of voice communication GSM 900/1800/1900 are supported, access to the Internet via WAP, GPRS. Wireless communication with other gadgets and computer – via Bluetooth 3.0. Call – polyphonic melodies or vibro.
This model demonstrates unexpectedly good multimedia capabilities, if we also take into account the extremely affordable price of the grandmother. So, the built-in camera is capable of taking relatively good pictures and even recording video in HD (!) With a resolution of 1280×720. Flash is not provided. You can also listen to FM radio and MP3 music. Built-in voice recorder function.
The electronic profile of the device is as follows: Spreadtrum SC6531 processor, 32 megabytes of built-in and RAM each, expandable up to plus 16GB via external flash cards.
The autonomous work of the grandmother's phone is provided by a 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery. The indicator is not a record, but the phone's power consumption is well optimized, and on a single charge the device can work up to 11 hours of talk time or up to 230 hours in standby mode. Charging via micro-USB.
The peculiarity of this model is a large and bright flashlight, the installation of which became possible due to the massive body.
- small but high quality screen;
- comfortable ergonomic body;
- good multimedia capabilities;
- affordable price.
- no systematic complaints were recorded.
BQ 2441 Comfort
Now let's pay attention to another successful product for convenient mobile communication of elderly people from a domestic brand BQ. The company has been supplying good and inexpensive consumer electronics to the Russian market for a long time.
Here we are dealing with an ordinary push-button monoblock telephone, only adapted to the needs of older users. The dimensions of the device are 65.5x118x13mm, the net weight is 110g. Color LCD screen measuring 2.4 inches diagonal, resolution – 320×240 dots with a density of 167 pixels per inch. The red button SOS is located on the back just below the camera, like most models of this format. The side control buttons are made with 'sliders' to prevent accidental clicks.
The phone allows you to use two SIM cards at once in alternating mode with support for cellular standards GSM 900/1800/1900 without access to the Internet. Wireless communication with PCs and other gadgets – via Bluetooth. There is a vibrating alert and several polyphonic ringtones.
In terms of multimedia, this model does not shine with capabilities – a 'conventional' rear camera without a flash, an FM radio receiver.
As for the memory, the built-in 32MB is installed in this model and the possibility of expanding due to external flash cards up to 32GB in volume is provided. The autonomy of the phone is definitely pleasing – the battery capacity is 1450 mAh. You can charge it via a USB cable directly or via the docking station that is included in the package.
- side sliders;
- capacious battery;
- dock station.
- not the most logical menu and bindings to control keys.
The extended review of the best grandmothers of 2019, according to the results of market research by specialists, ends with a model that, strictly speaking, is not a grandmother, but due to a number of signs it can be convenient for an age user. And certainly this phone is perfect for those who retain their sense of style even at an older age.
Almost everything in sight is original in this phone, starting from the size – 35x92x6mm. As you can see, this is a tiny and super-thin phone, but that's not all. The buttons on the front panel are not that large, but the distance between them is large enough not to miss. The buttons themselves are round, black with white contrasting captions. And this is the only phone in our review with a metal (aluminum) body.
The screen of this model is also nothing like any other even close. Starting from color – monochrome, and ending with matrix technology – OLED – the 'latest squeak' of high technologies. Diagonal – 0.96 inches. The phone weighs only 32 grams.
One microSIM SIM card is used for communication. The ringtone can be one of the standard ringtones or an arbitrary MP3 file. Communication standards – GSM 900/1800/1900 without Internet access. Wireless communication with gadgets – Bluetooth. The built-in memory is installed here 'standard' 32MB, you can expand it up to plus 32GB due to an external card.
The capacity of the standard battery can be confusing – only 260 mAh. However, the manufacturer claims six hours of talk time on a full charge or 120 hours of standby, which is pretty good overall. In practice, however, these figures are noticeably lower, and this is a clear drawback.
In general, this is a rather controversial phone, and our experts identified it in the review solely for its originality and really high demand. The opinions of real users can vary from enthusiastic to negative. Therefore, before buying, it is worth examining the feedback for systematic complaints about those functions that are important personally for you or a person close to you.
- original design;
- OLED – matrix;
- compact and lightweight;
- loud and intelligible speech.
- autonomy is lower than stated.
Source of analytical information RankQuality.com.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.