04-06-2014 07:21 PM
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  1. luk3ja's Avatar
    My mother is 74 and has an android phone. She hates it because she just wants a phone to be a phone and last a week on a charge. The idea of keeping it on the charger all night doesn't register with her :).

    She's a bit of a tech when it comes to PCs so she doesn't see the need to have apps and the sort on the phone.

    She's always missing my calls now because her battery is dead.
    she needs one of these then :D http://forums.windowscentral.com/oth...t-concept.html
    11-24-2013 12:24 PM
  2. luk3ja's Avatar
    Because no offense, but the 925 looks awful. Anything but the 925
    Lol it's funny how opinions differ. I'm crazy about beautiful and simplistic design which is why I like Windows Phone and I think the 925 is the nicest looking of all the Lumias
    11-24-2013 12:26 PM
  3. etad putta's Avatar
    I'm not sure any mid-range or better modern smartphone could be considered looking awful these days. There are just a lot of great choices that anyone who isn't a fanboy could make and be perfectly happy.
    11-24-2013 12:30 PM
  4. Subserved_Meteor's Avatar
    How about an Ativ S? It's a good phone too and not too small either
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    11-24-2013 12:50 PM
  5. MyNL822's Avatar
    The Nokia Lumia 1520 doesn't seem like a good option for your mother. I'm 14(almost 15) with pretty big hands(Not like Chris Bosh, but bigger than average and most of my friends.) and the phone just looks awkward to hold because it is so big.(My Nokia Lumia 822[hence the name] fits in my palm with 2 inches left for me to grab my phone at an easy to use way.) If it seems awkward for me I can't imagine what it would feel like in your mother's hand which I'm guessing is smaller than my hand and more delicate. I'm pretty sure a first time smartphone user wouldn't adapt well to that kind of phone. If you think she might like the windows phone path, maybe try something smaller and comfortable. I do think WP might be harder for her to adapt to, but maybe you could help her. iOS is simple and easy to find your apps. My grandmother(around your moms age.) easily adapted to the Android phone when she got into the smartphone, and she has been using primarily HTC phones, but she was going to get the Nokia Lumia 925 but decided on HTC one instead. She doesn't need much help with her phone and seems to get it for all her uses. I personally suggest iPhone 5c, the android path, or if WP seems like a good fit, a smaller phone that will be more comfortable for her.
    11-24-2013 02:03 PM
  6. Angry_Mushroom's Avatar
    I'm going to say go for the Windows Phone. As for the specific model... let her find her comfort zone in terms of screen size.
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    11-24-2013 02:18 PM
  7. xandros9's Avatar
    I would normally say the iPhone, but since iOS 7, teaching my mom to use feels harder than it wouldve been on OS 6.

    I would think the WP because of the contrast and large typography and stuff. Feels more consistent too. at least IMO
    11-24-2013 02:58 PM
  8. mary beth hale's Avatar
    60+ years of age using the ativ s and loving it. Have to chuckle at some of the ideas of what we "older folks" would prefer in a phone.
    11-24-2013 03:15 PM
  9. Editguy1900's Avatar
    It's really not about age except for the size of the screen, because somewhere around forty people begin to have problems reading small print or in low light. I had a phone the size of an a iPhone screen and had a terrible time reading text messages. With the Lumia 925, problem solved. The other part of this applies to anyone at any age - how tech savvy are they. If understanding technology eludes them, then a smartphone of any kind is a bad choice.I teach high school technology classes and, in spite of what people think, not all young people are tech savvy. They are constantly coming to me asking me questions about their phones, laptops and cameras. Some of them would be better off with feature phones, but they buy to fit in with their peers.
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    11-24-2013 08:21 PM
  10. Reflexx's Avatar
    The 1520 has that amazing screen. Easy on the eyes. It's also great in sunlight.

    She likely has a purse for her phone, right? So size shouldn't be too much of an issue. I would also guess that she doesn't stay on phone calls too long. You could always get her a headset so she doesn't have to keep this big thing on her ear all the time.

    Also, the 1520 looks really slick and posh in those cases that are available for it. Like a nice address book, but with a high tech device in it.

    And imaging when her friends send her pictures and she shows them that she received them on her amazing screen. They'll be telling her how awesome her son is to get that for her.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-24-2013 08:37 PM
  11. michail71's Avatar
    60+ years of age using the ativ s and loving it. Have to chuckle at some of the ideas of what we "older folks" would prefer in a phone.
    It's good to know I won't fall apart in 20 years and be all confused by new fangled things ;)
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    11-25-2013 01:39 PM
  12. vc-10's Avatar
    My technophobe mother (50) has a Lumia 800 and loves it. Not quite worked out how to download her own apps yet, but calls, texts, uses apps and the internet all fine.
    11-25-2013 01:58 PM
  13. ikissfutebol's Avatar
    yeah i am not really into which popular side to back, am too old for all that, just giving my opinion based on op requirements, my elderly father was only able to get to grips with an iphone, nothing else, but thats not gonna be everyones story, i am WP owner myself :)
    Just to play devil's advocate- I am sure there are plenty of people that find the iPhone hard to figure out while Windows Phone is easier. The main advantage of an iPhone is having your icons labeled. The main disadvantage (in my eyes for someone learning) is you need a different app for seemingly everything so keeping apps straight could cause issues. I know my techno-phob mom has "learned" how to use her iPhone well enough. That's also because of the amount of time people spent helping her. I wanted her to get a Windows Phone so she would only need to learn one new interface (she'll never, ever buy an Apple computer- lucky if she spend $350 on a PC).

    To the OP- Whatever device you get your mother, make sure it is one that lends itself to her other devices. I would agree with another poster that said try a Lumia 520 just to see if she has a use for the device. My in-laws keep talking about getting a smartphone, but they have zero need and keep putting it off (which I tell them is a great idea for them).
    11-25-2013 02:16 PM
  14. Reflexx's Avatar
    Come on... you know mom wants to bust this out in front of her friends.
    "Oh, let me pay for that. I'm just going to pull out my debit card...
    Oh this? Yes. It's my new phone.
    Hold on real quick. It looks like I have a text with an attachment. Wow. Would you look at that photo Janet send me? Hilarious! Those grandkids of hers...
    Yes, the screen is amazing isn't it? My son bought it for me.
    Yes, I know that I'm so very lucky to have him.
    Thank you. But I can't take all the credit for him. But I will take most... haha.
    Let me send him a picture of the restaurant's menu and ask if he wants anything.
    Oh... don't worry about handing me the menu. I already took a picture while it was there on your side. I can just zoom in on the text afterwards."
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    11-25-2013 10:51 PM
  15. frizodanizzo's Avatar
    I'd say the Windows phone 8 would actually be the easiest software to learn. The text goes massive for anyone who needs reading glasses. The OS is centered around Text and understanding that text rather than relying on a picture to tell you something you may not even know. I have given a windows phone to my mother who is 53, also my girlfriend neither of them have ever used a smart phone and picked up on them fairly quickly. The iPhone I can myself actually find to be tricky at times, I work with computers and phones all the time, they still annoy me lol.
    11-30-2013 12:16 PM
  16. RN50's Avatar
    Its got to be the 925, its a high end device and isn't massive either. Personally the 1520 looks massive and i doubt ur mum would want something that big.
    11-30-2013 12:38 PM
  17. Aldwin1999's Avatar
    1520 because it is basiclly as user friendly as the iphone OS and she will find it more ''entertaining'' because of the big 6-inch screen where she can watch videos, or look at pictures of her grandchildren or children like on facebook. The big screen also helps with seeing small stuff on the screen ;)
    12-02-2013 09:00 AM
  18. metalchick719's Avatar
    To the OP, does your mother need a phone as big as the 1520? My mom just turned 64 yesterday, but she's got a 620 that I bought her back in May. I was originally going to get her an iPhone but changed my mind after having an issue on eBay. She likes the phone and knows how to use it (she's great with tech, works with computers and has for over 35 years now). She has mentioned that the screen is a bit small, so I think maybe something like the 810 might have been better for her. Maybe as others have said, you should get your mom a 520 or even a 925.
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    12-03-2013 11:56 AM
  19. rakesh1995's Avatar
    I think she is old enuff don't give her a small phone with iPhone small front she will not be able to read anything. IMO Lumia 1520 is quit big, hand held tv if she is ok with size go for it

    Bro other wise. Give her a old phone aka dump phone/ feature phone

    Sent from my Uuusumm Lumia 520 using Tapatalk
    12-09-2013 09:25 AM
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    12-09-2013 09:51 AM
  21. blindpuppie's Avatar
    From a 64 year old guy who is digitally challenged.
    Windows is an easy system. Personally I think the size may be an issue with the 1520 (which I have).
    I'd look into the 920 or later 900 series. I use my 920 as back up and love it.
    Keep it simple. Go to contacts for calls. Snap a picture. Text. Photos. Done. Let her get use to that and then build on it when she acquires some confidence.
    Apple drove me crazy. Ya I know it's suppose to be intuitive. Windows is simple. Tap the tile, bingo. Slide right, tap the app tile. Ditto on the bingo.
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    12-11-2013 08:42 PM
  22. nocial's Avatar
    1520 would be too large for her. Get her the 5c.
    01-14-2014 05:09 AM
  23. snowmutt's Avatar
    2 options mentioned I like:

    The Sammy ATIV Neo would be a fine option if price is an issue. It is purely a mid-range offering and will not have all the advantages of the Nokia's, but if she just wants a simple device with a good screen that is large (4.8") but not mammoth (6.0" on the L1520) for easy to see text and commands, it might be a good option.

    Also love the L925, so long as the looks are okay for her.

    The L1520 is future proof, amazing, and fun. Pure awesome. If she carries a purse, the size will only be a factor if it is too big for her to manage in typing. Carrying and working the screen functions will be easier then most people think as it is a fairly thin device that is designed to be easy to hold. The battery life is a huge bonus.

    The iPhone is a great product. No argument. It is easy to set up and use. I find it way to pricey for it's capabilities and would get bored of it. Also, I find it way to fragile for me. But Apple supports it's products, it is easy to find accesories, and if she is still using the phone you pictured, bells and whistles abviously mean very little to her. The screen, small to us at 4", would be a huge jump for her. It is not a bad choice.

    Hope you update us on what she gets and how she likes it, even if it is the iPhone.
    01-16-2014 04:49 PM
  24. AnthonyWhoso's Avatar
    No comment lol iPhone dude. Moms love iPhones
    01-22-2014 07:26 AM
  25. Jarip's Avatar
    The most old people have problem to see close (to read small text), so Lumia 1520 is a way to go ...
    02-08-2014 11:59 AM
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