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Best Mobile Phones For Over Forties

Updated on December 9, 2012

Best Mobile Phones For Over-40s

Over 40? Poor eyesight? Fingers like sausages?

If you answered "Yes" to all of these questions, then welcome to the gang. It's official - you're normal but cell phone manufacturers have, in general, decided that if you want a hip, trendy, state of the art mobile phone - you better look for it elsewhere!

All of the latest phones, both touch screen and keypad, are made for people with slender fingers and 20/20 vision.

Cellphones used to be available on a sort of level playing field.

A few years ago, they were all much of a muchness but once we started buying phones for our ten and eleven year olds ("Yes, guilty your honour."), it was clear where the market for mobile phones really lay - with the young!

Cell phones in the last decade have gone through a sort of epiphany - helped in part by market forces and better technology but for anyone not quite in the 'ideal demographic' mode, they've also become an item we have to go to a specialist to buy.

Cell Phone Or Fashion Accessory?

  • I want a phone for emergencies.
  • I want a phone to text friends.
  • I want a phone to call people.
  • I want a phone which fits in my handbag (purse).
  • I want a phone screen alphabet keys I can see without putting on my glasses.
  • But yeah, I want it to look good too.

Trendy, hip phones......I want one!
Trendy, hip phones......I want one!
Easy to find in your purse - if you can fit it in there! Though you may look anachronistic using it with a cell phone?
Easy to find in your purse - if you can fit it in there! Though you may look anachronistic using it with a cell phone?

Have Over-40s Been Abandoned By the Big Cell Phone Manufacturers?

I know this sounds like a bit of a rant but I am long-sighted.

I only need to wear my glasses for reading and for seeing my computer screen clearly.

I don't want to wear my glasses when I'm out and about.

If I was sitting in a rowboat in the middle of Lake Louise and I fancied sending a text, I don't want to put on my glasses because then Lake Louise becomes a blur.  I like to see people's faced when I'm looking at them, otherwise, with specs on, everybody pretty much looks the same.

I have a smartphone - stupid idea, I have fingers like sausages and I need glasses to see the tiny screen.

I do use the zoom tool for browsing the internet but then it takes 15 minutes to read a text which should only take 3 minutes.

Try scrapping around in your purse for glasses, whilst also holding your phone to see a text - can't be done!

Mobile Phones For the Over 40s - At Last!

So fed up with my problems (long-sightedness, fat fingers, disorganised purse/handbag) I went online in search of a cell phone which would look good and also not require me to wear glasses to read texts.

It needs to have bigger keys so that I can use it - or if it's a smartphone, a way to make the keys have a bigger 'thumb print' so they're easy to press. I've tried a variety of apps (Apple & Android) to do this but it takes time to load them and it's a very hit and miss affair.

I found excellent phones at for those with podgier digits, I had less success at Amazon's US site (maybe you Americans have daintier hands?).

Anyway, rant over - I'm hoping that all of the big cell phone manufacturers give us at least one or two phones which have what we need plus some aesthetic consideration - 'Fones4FatFingers-N-Foureyes' - (I'm kidding!)

I'm sure they'll come up with something smart and hip - and we'll buy the phone!


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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Nora - I hear ya! I am still struggling with the phones made today - tiny icons and far fingers don't make a match made it communications heaven. I have accepted my lot in life - I have a bog standard mobile, good for calls and texts and I still use a keypad even though I can no longer see it without my specs on. There is a product opportunity here, if only the phone manufacturers could see it!

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      Nora 4 years ago

      Let me tell you: YOU are NOT the minority. I am 45 and I have the same problem. I've also talked to many middle aged people with a similar situation. It's just like you said... "abandoned". It used to be that the phones were targeted to adults (I mean "adults", not just over 18). Now the big corporations seem to have more interest in the younger crowd, adding chats, facebook, games, and they forgot what a cell phone was intended to do, which to me is: a CLEAR conversation, easy texting (to type with one hand and to read without glasses) and a long lasting battery!! Remember the days when you could use a phone for a few days without charging it and the reception was good everywhere? If you know of a good, not outdated, phone that can do that let me know

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Thanks for the link, might look later on when I have my glasses on :o)

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      Rpenafiel 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Jool99, great hub here, I find it entertaining and useful. One particular brand that I think well describes the needs for adults going forty is Just5 mobile, designed to address visual and hearing impairment associated with aging. You can check Just5 at I am quite sure that fat fingers won’t be an issue. Cheers.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Marcy, thanks for commenting. I have discovered that I prefer a keypad rather than a touchscreen and it's my eyesight which has spoilt the whole mobile experience for me. My daughter has had an iphone (I use an ipod touch which I do love) but had problems with the charger and has gone onto the Blackberry 9900 which has both a touchscreen and a keyboard - she loves it.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Interesting hub! Well, I'm way over 40 (and beyond!) but I have to say I love my iPhone. I had a Blackberry before that, which I also liked a lot. I also got pretty fast at texting with the old phone keypad on earlier mobiles, but they weren't Internet capable. I do agree that some people of any age might prefer a simpler device, but I can't be without my iPhone and now my iPad! I have even used the phone to review documents for work and submit reports by email - that was while in Hawaii and the wifi didn't work right, but my phone did, and saved my life!

      I enjoyed you hub, and I think you have some great alternative suggestions for those who want choices other than the ones usually seen. Voted up and useful.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Brett, thanks for your comment. My eyesight is the main cause of my frustration with phones - I suspect I'm in a minority though! Your dad must be very tech literate, my parents both hate their mobile phones and hardly use them.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      What a wonderful angle, after seeing my dad with his old phone, I can understand this and your suggestions (he's 65 mind, and has mastered a smart phone, sat nav and even voice translation apps ... I'm impressed! lol)... seems a large screen smart phone is a good option.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      arunii 6 years ago from Delhi

      I think for over 40 qwerty phones definitely not the best choice. Phones with large display and simple design will suits best so touch and type will be the best option !