Post written by Riaan De Jagger
Not long ago people had to spend more than $600 in order to get a powerful smartphone, and if they wanted to get them for less they had to commit to long contracts. Today, as the market overflows with new smartphone models every day, retired people can afford quality handsets with decent or above average specs, and yet they can get them at very low prices compared to in the past.
You need to find out what you need exactly out of a mobile. Are you going to be using it just for talking with your family, sending SMS, making high-quality pictures of your retirement and vacation days with your spouse or nephews or do you want to surf the Internet and play online games because you are more sophisticated retiree?
If you want to use it just for talking and SMS, then you don’t need a smartphone at all. Just go for the old models with analog buttons that go for very ridiculous prices and are given for free when you sign a contract with a service provider and you are done. If you are trendy retiree that wants to make a full use of a smartphone that offers entertainment throughout the ages by taking pictures, surfing, using apps and play games, then you should really consider some important specs.
In such a case you will need a smartphone with enough RAM memory and processing power. Don’t forget the camera quality as well, which should be at least 5 mega-pixels so that you can have crystal clear pictures of all of those funny moments with your family or friends during your retired days.
If your budget is between $100 and $200, then Motorola Moto G is the right choice for you. It’s mobile for a retired person that doesn’t want to spend more than he needs and still get a great mobile. It has lots of processing power and comes with up to 2GB RAM memory and 13MP camera which is more than enough to document your finest moments. Moto G is probably the best cheap phone that money can buy.
A very good alternative with the same price range is the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, a perfect choice if you are spending your retired days out on the sea or mostly on the beach, or fishing on a lake or a river. It has similar specs as Moto G, but its best virtue is being waterproof. You can virtually drown it for hours and it will continue working.
It’s all about finding out what you need from a phone, and these two are best in what they do and offer: seamless performance while surfing and using apps, and quality pictures. You can get them for under $100 if you get a two-year contract with a provider, so make sure to choose an affordable data plan.
If your needs are something more modest, but you still want to be a trendy retiree that can document his retired days with a smartphone camera, then you can get a free phone when signing a contract, but with only up to 512MB RAM and much less processing power. This means that your phone will be below average, but will perform everything that you need at minimum.
Anyway, set your budget, and always buy the phone with the most RAM memory and at least Dual core processor that you can get for the money. Consult an IT expert for guidance and read reviews on the Internet to help you make a choice. After all, if you are retired you should have all the time you need to do the research.