04-06-2014 08:21 PM
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  1. TravelBro's Avatar
    I want to buy my mom the best phone available. All of her friends have high end phones and my moms phone is a very old cell phone. Has a screen only for numbers and text messages to show. I found a pic online...pretty much as old as this:

    old-mobile.jpg

    I was eating with her friends and they were showing pictures to my mom...etc.. One of them asked my mom if she can text her a picture and my mom said she cant see any pictures.. I felt like sh-it.

    So what is the best phone for my mom?
    11-22-2013 11:47 PM
  2. troylytle's Avatar
    Get the 1520. Same price. More stuff. Better camera for showing off pictures.
    11-22-2013 11:53 PM
  3. blur510's Avatar
    how is she with tech? I just recently upgraded my mom from a flip phone to a nokia 521.. and she can't really use it. (she is 68) I have showed her how to use the people hub 3 times and still can't call other people (other than the ones pinned on the start screen) Get her a 520 first see how she likes it.
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    11-23-2013 01:26 AM
  4. TravelBro's Avatar
    how is she with tech? I just recently upgraded my mom from a flip phone to a nokia 521.. and she can't really use it. (she is 68) I have showed her how to use the people hub 3 times and still can't call other people (other than the ones pinned on the start screen) Get her a 520 first see how she likes it.
    she is not good with technology but is a fast learner. A while back she helped my little sister add phone numbers and contacts to a nokia lumia 710 phone.
    11-23-2013 01:39 AM
  5. blur510's Avatar
    she is not good with technology but is a fast learner. A while back she helped my little sister add phone numbers and contacts to a nokia lumia 710 phone.
    Cool, just take her to ATT and let her pick. 920 925 1020 or 1520.
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    11-23-2013 02:03 AM
  6. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    If the price is no issue then 1520 is good($199 in store) but I do wonder if the size may be a bit too much for her...

    The 1020 is still a worthy competitor though and it is the same price as 1520....
    Cool, just take her to ATT and let her pick. 920 925 1020 or 1520.
    11-23-2013 08:12 AM
  7. Qtweeder's Avatar
    iphone for ease.
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    11-23-2013 08:17 AM
  8. tgp's Avatar
    iphone for ease.
    Ha, this opinion won't be popular here, but having used both OS's, I wouldn't say it's totally off the wall. I found that WP is quite simple at first, but once you get into it much the learning curve becomes steep very quickly. But likely an older person will not get too deeply into it, so that's probably not an issue.

    The size of the 1520 would be an advantage for aging eyes, but yet the size of the device may be a detriment. For your mom the features & UI probably aren't a big deal either way, so I'd recommend letting her play with both and see which she prefers.
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    11-23-2013 08:37 AM
  9. Qtweeder's Avatar
    Ha, this opinion won't be popular here
    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 :)
    Live2Deliver likes this.
    11-23-2013 08:53 AM
  10. palandri's Avatar
    Instead of a 1520 which is really big, why not a 925?
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    11-23-2013 08:56 AM
  11. unnatixlr8's Avatar
    Many of you would kill me for my answer.. Nokia Asha 503..
    techiez and Subserved_Meteor like this.
    11-23-2013 09:08 AM
  12. palandri's Avatar
    Many of you would kill me for my answer.. Nokia Asha 503..
    That's really not a bad idea. Smaller, low cost and simpler to use phone. Maybe that would be a good first step for her.
    gsquared likes this.
    11-23-2013 09:15 AM
  13. michail71's Avatar
    Didn't WP do better in testing for ease of use for new smartphone users? I recall it was WP8 in first, iOS second and android third.

    I find some older users not able to see the iPhone screen as well since it is so small. But at 60 that probably wouldn't be an issue.
    11-23-2013 09:30 AM
  14. Residing's Avatar
    The question is: Which phone (of the two you mention, or perhaps a different model) does your mom want?

    While we want our parents to have what we consider the best smartphone, our parents may want something different. The two models you mention are great devices, but perhaps if she had a phone similar to, or exactly like, her friends, she would be happy; not to mention, she would have support from them on how to do certain functions on the phone, and be able to install the same apps that they have.

    Just have a candid discussion with your mother first before making the purchase.
    11-23-2013 10:15 AM
  15. michail71'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.
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    11-23-2013 12:06 PM
  16. techiez's Avatar
    go for L720, not very big, beautiful & better battery backup
    11-23-2013 12:15 PM
  17. psamf24's Avatar
    The 1520 but i will say the 925 is another option. my dad is 68 years old now and he wasn't into smartphones but he loves his 925 now .
    well you know smartphone are like music we just have to let it grow on us.
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    11-23-2013 12:37 PM
  18. Nokia Boy's Avatar
    Lately in a store i saw the 625,it's 4.7 inches big,may be good idea for her.
    11-24-2013 04:58 AM
  19. psykojello's Avatar
    Both my parents have been using iphones for 2-3 years without issues, but ios7 seems to have irritated them. It might be the smaller fonts and smaller links that frustrate them. I was trying to teach my grandmom how to use her new iPad and I found it hard to explain the "ok", "done" and "close" buttons and why they were not always in the same place. And now they look like blue text and not buttons, so it might be harder for them to get used to.

    That being said, given enough time anyone can pick it up.

    Wps are big and easy to use, but they might run into frustrations when someone wants to facetime with them and they have to say can you Skype instead?
    11-24-2013 05:07 AM
  20. etad putta's Avatar
    Moto G best value out there...Moto G review | Android Central
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    11-24-2013 06:51 AM
  21. gsquared's Avatar
    I agree with others. Take her to the phone store and let her choose. My money is on her walking out with another feature phone.
    palandri likes this.
    11-24-2013 09:24 AM
  22. pankaj981's Avatar
    My father was using a Nokia 1100 which I upgraded to a Samsung Focus (w/ my first salary). He absolutely loved it (except the inferior battery life when compared to the 1100 :D. Eventually he got over it and finally started using his phone as a smart phone. He did learn most of the stuff about the phone himself, though he still comes up w/ questions which i am happy to explain everytime. Eventually i got him a L920 then a L810 and now I am going to give him the L925. He plays games, uses whatsapp and emails etc. apart from the basic stuff and he absolutely nailed it on his own.
    The bottom line is, WPx is easy to use and quite intuitive once the purpose of live tiles and pin-to-start is explained, worked for my dad when he got his Focus at 57.

    Good luck!
    11-24-2013 09:53 AM
  23. maj71303's Avatar
    I vote for the 925 as the 1520 is to big to handle properly, even a 520 - 720 would do well for your mom. Take her too look at all of them to decide.
    11-24-2013 10:43 AM
  24. boovish's Avatar
    Instead of a 1520 which is really big, why not a 925?
    Because no offense, but the 925 looks awful. Anything but the 925
    11-24-2013 11:22 AM
  25. 05Paris's Avatar
    Cost is something else you should consider. With an upgrade to a smartphone she will take a big hit with a data plan. You should consider adding her to your plan that way it would only cost $10 a month plus the fees. I really think she would really like the 520 and wouldn't have to have a data plan. She would be able to do everything else a phone can do.
    11-24-2013 11:55 AM
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