Updated on 2 February 2016 by

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 operate 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.

Some of the iPhones can get very pricey, but the older models are more affordable. The cheapest picks in our list will come to around $200 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 shown 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.

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.


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Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Space Gray) - Unlocked
$499 - $855
$750 - $1,200
$900
$500 - $1,260
$390 - $1,500
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Release Date
Apr 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Sep 2013
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating
M3, T4
M3, T4
M3, T4
M3, T4
M3, T4
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.0 inch
5.5 inch
4.7 inch
5.5 inch
4.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
1.2 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 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Battery Capacity
1624.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
1810.0 mAh
2915.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9.3, iOSĀ 9.3
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
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, 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, Sprint
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 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.5 stars

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