In the same way that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, coolness is also a matter of perspective. Sure, it can be nice to have a super-smart smartphone (GreatCall has one).
But, sometimes, you just want to make and receive phone calls without a lot of drama. And occasionally take (and share) a photo.
Top Ten Things to Love About a Flip Phone
In keeping with our theme of making portable phones simpler, we'll use the Jitterbug Flip phone as our primary point of reference. So, exactly what is there to love about a flip phone? With a tip of the hat to a certain late night talk show host, here are the top ten things:
#10: Things That Other Cool Phones Have
You'll not be left behind when your flip phone includes features like GPS, Bluetooth v3.0, 1 GB of built-in storage, and a standard headset jack.
#9: That Bright Red 5Star Button
With the Jitterbug Flip, the 5Star Urgent Response system gives you one-touch access in case of emergency. You'll be connected with an agent who can confirm your location, help evaluate your situation, and get you the help you need.
#8: Long-Lasting Battery
You can stay connected longer, with a battery that stays charged throughout the day.
#7: Reading Magnifier With LED Flashlight
Just because it's a simpler phone doesn't mean you're left in the dark. In dimly lit settings, be sure there's a flashlight you can use—whether you need to see across the room or just inside your bag. And a reading magnifier can help you handle fine print on papers or menus.
#6: The Color
The Jitterbug Flip, for example, comes in Graphite [for that sleek look] and Red [a show stopper].
#5: Built-In Camera With Flash
While it's not a smartphone, it's smart enough to provide a 2.0 megapixel camera with photo sharing, so you'll never miss capturing the moment. And then sharing it with friends.
#4: Powerful Speaker
With a speakerphone function, you can talk hands-free. The Jitterbug Flip is very well suited for hearing-aid users (my dad could vouch for that). You'll hear—and be heard—loud and clear.
#3: A Simple Menu
You're not trying to build the Eiffel Tower from scratch; you just need to make and receive calls. The Jitterbug Flip's simple menu—with its popular YES/NO questions—helps to make the navigation, to quote the GreatCall website, “clear and effortless."
#2: Big Screen, Bright Numbers
Even if you don't suffer from a vision condition, you may have struggled to read small numbers or tiny print on a friend's phone. Look for a brightly lit display that presents large numbers you can see, and text messages you can read.
On the keypad, large numbers make dialing a breeze, and a backlit keypad will shine brighter in low-light areas.
...and the top thing to love about a flip phone....
#1: Whatever Becomes Your Favorite Thing
For my dad, whose Jitterbug flip phone for seniors was his first mobile phone—at age 84, thank you—the best feature was “fit." For talking, it fit nicely in his hand (and didn't challenge his arthritis). And, on the go, he could wear it in a case on his belt, slip it into a shirt pocket; it was really convenient.
So convenient, in fact, that his [older model] flip phone even somewhat survived a trip through the washing machine at a skilled nursing facility. (Do not try this at home.)
With so many features in such an easy-to-use package, who's the cool one now? Obviously, you are, with a modern flip phone for seniors.