Top 5 Smartphones for Seniors (2020 Cellular Phone Review)

Smartphones for Seniors

The Samsung Galaxy A11 is another great budget-friendly smartphone for seniors to consider. The Moto G Power beats it in terms of screen resolution and battery life, but not by much. Not to mention, the Samsung Galaxy A11 is just over $70 cheaper.

Sources: Samsung; CNET

Thumbs Up - Pros


  • Budget-friendly smartphone
  • Screen reader for visually impaired

Thumbs Down - Cons


  • Less RAM – slower than competitors
  • Not ideal for playing advanced games
  • Lower battery life than competitiors

OnePlus 7 Pro

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is not the most recent phone released by OnePlus. This particular phone was released on May 16, 2019. This phone works with all major carriers except Verizon.

OnePlus 7 Pro Spec & Features

Here are the specs and features of the OnePlus 7 Pro:

  • Display

    The OnePlus 7 Pro features a 6.67-inch screen with a Quad High Definition+ resolution (1440×3120 pixels).

  • 90Hz Refresh Rate

    The display can refresh at a maximum rate of 90 frames per second.

  • Battery Life

    The OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery is rated for 4000 mAh. It also features OnePlus’ proprietary Warp Charge technology. Warp Charge has a 30-Watt power rating that can charge a phone from 0% to 50% in 20 minutes. It will charge to a full 100% in an hour.

  • Volume

    The earpiece speaker peaks at 79.6 dB; the stereo speakers peak at 77.7 dB.

  • TalkBack, Google Voice, and Google Assistant are all available.

  • Hearing Aid Compatibility


  • Durability

    Gorilla Glass 5 front and back and an aluminum frame.

  • Triple camera plus a pop-up selfie camera

    Main Camera – 48 MP; Secondary Camera – 8 MP with 3x optical zoom; Ultra-wide camera – 16 MP. Rather than interrupt the display with a front-facing camera, the 14 MP selfie camera will pop up from the top of the camera when needed.

  • USB-C Port

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

    NFC is a technology that allows data exchange between devices that are close together.

  • Unlocked

    This phone works with all major US carriers but Verizon.

OnePlus 7 Pro Potential Issues

Some potential issues with the OnePlus 7 Pro include:

  • Lacks water resistance rating
  • No headphone jack
  • Lacks expandable storage

The biggest drawback to this phone for a senior would have to be the price; for what it offers, though, the price is still competitive. This phone beats every other phone on this list in every spec except the Moto G Play’s battery life and the iPhone 11’s hearing aid compatibility rating.

Sources: OnePlus 7 Pro User Manual; GSMarena; AppleDystopia

Thumbs Up - Pros


  • Amazing camera features
  • Great volume for hearing impaired (hearing aid compatible)
  • Excellent battery life
  • Super fast charging
  • Solid manufactured durability 

Thumbs Down - Cons


  • Lacks water resistance rating
  • No headphone jack
  • Lacks expandable storage
  • Not supported by Verizon

iPhone 11

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The iPhone 11, released on September 10, 2019, is also not the most recent Apple release. While this particular phone is not unlocked and will only work with Cricket Wireless, you can buy an unlocked iPhone 11 from

iPhone 11 Specs & Features

Here are the specs and features of the iPhone 11:

  • Display

    The iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch screen with a High Definition+ resolution (828×1792 pixels).

  • Battery Life

    The iPhone 11’s battery is rated for 3110 mAh. Techradar tested the battery and found that it lasted a little over 24 hours with low usage. When PC Magazine tested the battery by streaming High Definition videos over Wi-Fi with the screen at maximum brightness, the battery lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes.

  • Volume

    The earpiece speaker peaks at 70.8 dB; the stereo speakers peak at 72.3 dB.

  • Hearing Aid Compatibility


  • VoiceOver

    iOS screen reader. VoiceOver gives a verbal description of everything on the screen.

  • Input braille with or without a braille display.

  • Sound Recognition

    Gives hearing-impaired users a notification when the phone hears and recognizes certain sounds such as doorbells or alarms.

  • RTT and TTY

    Software for the deaf and hard of hearing; no need for TTY hardware.

  • Gorilla Glass

    With Gorilla Glass on the front and back, this phone is more durable than previous iPhones.

  • Dust and Water Resistant

    up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.

  • Dual Camera

    12 MP main lens and 12 MP ultrawide lens.

  • Dual Selfie Camera

    12 MP and a Depth/biometrics sensor.

  • USB Port

    Proprietary Lightning connector. This is similar to the USB-C in that it is reversible, but the Lightning connector is smaller and is only compatible with Apple products.

  • NFC


iPhone 11 Potential Issues

Some potential issues with the iPhone 11 include:

  • No headphone jack
  • iOS file management is complicated

Much like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the main drawback for the iPhone 11 as a smartphone for seniors is its price tag. Unlike the OnePlus, the iPhone 11 doesn’t stand up against the other phones quite as well. Its only clear advantage is its hearing aid compatibility rating.

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