Updated on 3 July 2016 by

Our pick for the best phone for seniors for July 2016 is the Apple iPhone SE. The Apple iPhone SE is the smallest iPhone currently in the market with the 4 inch screen. Even though the SE is relatively cheaper than the other iPhones it offers phenomenal performance, a top camera and one of the best battery on offer. We looked at over 15 expert cell phone reviews of the iPhone SE, including ones from sites like Pocket-Lint.com, T3.com and CNet.com, and everyone corroborate the class-leading credentials of the iPhone SE.


Why do we think iPhone SE is the best for seniors ?

Seniors for the most part want clarity, dependability, simplicity and intuitiveness, without the fancy bells and whistles that add little value. For this reason our picks for the Best Smartphones for Seniors include only the iPhones from Apple.

The reason we recommend only the Apple iPhones for seniors is because all iPhones operate the iOS operating system which is by far the most intuitive and easy to use operating system on all smartphones. Most seniors have simple needs to make calls, take a picture or maybe chat with someone - and all of these actions are easiest to perform on the iOS operating system. Even though other smartphones like Windows, Android and Blackberry can be very powerful in the functions they support, we have found that seniors have a hard time using these phones as the functions are not intuitive enough.

Even though we strongly recommend iPhones as they are the most intuitive to use for seniors, some may still want to go for more basic feature phones with numeric keypads - for that please check out our best feature phone picks.

Some of the iPhones can get very pricey, but the Apple iPhone SE is more affordable. The cheapest picks in our list will come to around $400 and they are the best options for seniors looking for a more affordable phones. Additionally, most of the iPhones are compatible with hearing aids and we have listed the corresponding M/T values in the table below. The call quality and reception in all iPhones is also one of the best out there in the market.


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Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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Release Date
Apr 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating
M3, T4
M3, T4
M3, T4
M3, T4
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.0 inch
5.5 inch
4.7 inch
4.7 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
1.2 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
1.2 MP
1.2 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Battery Capacity
1624.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
1715.0 mAh
1810.0 mAh
2915.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9.3, iOSĀ 9.3, iOS 9.3.2
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.0.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.0.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.2 stars
Camera
68% Positive
32% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
91% Positive
9% Negative
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
Display
30% Positive
70% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
73% Positive
27% Negative
79% Positive
21% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
Storage
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
62% Positive
38% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
84% Positive
16% Negative