Cell Phone Buyer's Guide

Looking for a new cell phone? Here's how to choose the best

How to choose the right phone

Choosing the " best " phone is a personal thing... what we like in a phone might not matter to you.

If you're not sure what to look for when choosing your next phone, this guide covers everything you need to know!

We'll start with broad options and get more specific as we go along.

Looking to skip the reading and jump straight to recommendations? Check the recommendations tab above!

Consider How Your Plan Impacts Phone Options

Unless you're buying your phone upfront or use a SIM-only plan, there's a good chance that part of shopping for a new phone also means shopping for a new plan

Before we dig into the phone details, let's take a look at some other factors that will impact how you can use and how much you pay for your phone when you get to purchasing.

  • Phone Compatibility Between Carriers
    Cell phones use a range of frequencies to connect to the network and provide service. If you're looking for a new phone (and you're not shopping at your provider's store) you'll want to be sure your options are compatible .

  • Ensuring Great Coverage with Your New Phone
    Compatibility aside, you'll also want to check coverage in your area. While most buyers will check the signal strength at home, it’s easy to overlook other common locations. How is signal strength along your typical commute route? Could you call for help in an emergency? Is there signal near your kids’ schools?

    You can also ask friends about their experiences, check the coverage maps offered by  OpenSignal  and the  carriers official service area maps. 

    A little research ahead of time can avoid a lot of frustration later.

  • Considering Your Budget Before Buying
    While a new phone is nice, costs add up quickly by the time to tack on a phone for the spouse and kids, data plans for each and leasing fees.

    Knowing how much data you'll need and how many lines you're going to need can ensure that you know how much phone you can afford without causing undue stress.

Paying for Your Phone: Decide Which Option Suits You

With alternatives to two-year contracts becoming more attractive, you've probably got a few options to pay for your phone. But it's about more than costs, how you pay for your phone can also impact your freedom to upgrade, change providers or use your phone abroad .

Consider these points:

  • Paying Upfront:  If you have the money to buy your phone outright , it's almost always the best option. You're free to unlock your phone and change providers, you won't find added financing or lease fees on your bill, and you can choose cheaper SIM-only or prepaid plans .
  • Phone Financing:  Many carriers offer interest-free phone financing if you can't afford your phone costs upfront. However, many will not allow you to unlock your phone until the balance is paid. They'll also often require you to use their more expensive monthly plans. Once you pay off the phone, it's yours to keep, sell, or trade-in for an upgrade.
  • Phone Leasing:  Ideal for frequent upgraders, phone leasing lets you pay a monthly payment to use the phone. When your lease is up, you can turn it in (in like-new or gently-used condition) and pick out a new phone or pay a lump sum to buy the phone. However, if you break the phone or lose it, there might be added fees.
Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to read any fine print and understand how your payment options will impact any contract requirements to avoid unexpected fees later.

Android, Apple, Microsoft... Which OS is Right For You?

Phones run an operating system--just like a desktop or laptop computer. The operating system decides what apps are available, where you’ll get them and how certain features work.

At a high level, most operating systems offer similar features these days. You’ll find encryption, calling, messaging, a camera, email and more.

However, each operating system goes about things a little differently.

Apple’s iOS is easily the most consistent choice. Whether you’re picking up an the latest iPad or a two-year-old iPhone, they’ll likely look similar. They also have one of the largest app stores around. If you’re a Mac user, you’ll also find tight integration between your mobile and computer.

Android phones vary drastically in how the software looks -- even between different models by the same manufacturer. However, most offer similar features once you know where to look. While you’ll find more customization options, this isn’t always a good thing and might be intimidating if you’re new to smartphones or frequently upgrade phones. There’s also less integration between mobile devices and computers in the Android market.

Windows phones take a very visual approach to using your smartphone. It also integrates with Cortana and other popular Windows services if you use a Windows PC or Laptop. However, the app selection and device options are still lacking.

The most important thing to consider is that switching operating systems often means having to purchase your favorite apps again. So doing a little research or popping by a retail store to see how different software options work beforehand can avoid extra spending later.

Is One Mobile Operating System Safer than Another?

In the early days of smartphones, this was a concern. These days, it’s less about the software on your phone and more about how often it receives updates.

On Apple and Windows devices this isn’t much of a concern.

However, Android phones often get left behind by manufacturers as newer models release. This is particularly bad with carrier-locked phones as the carrier might add additional delays.

If you’re concerned about security and want to go with an Android phone, we recommend choosing an unlocked option from a manufacturer known for quick updates. Better still, Google’s Pixel series gets updates as they release with no delays at all.

GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE - What Does It All Mean?

GSM and CDMA are network communications types. Essentially, they determine how your phone identifies itself.

Unless you’re shopping for a phone in the US, you’ll want to avoid CDMA. All UK and CA mobile networks use GSM. The few carriers still using CDMA in the US are slowly moving away from it. So long-term use is questionable.

3G, 4G and LTE refer to network speeds.

3G is good for basic emails or picture messages, but not much more. 4G and LTE are the current fastest standards. These allow you to stream video, use HD voice or VoLTE features where supported and download at broadband speeds.

In the next few years, we'll also see the release of 5G. This will, again, bring further improvements to speed and supposed improvements to coverage in indoor areas. However, at the time of writing, 5G is still theories and speculation. While the standard is agreed upon and in place, there is little real world use data available to provide solid information.

What is an Unlocked Phone? Why Do They Cost More?

If you’ve compared phone prices between service providers and online stores or auction sites, you’ve probably seen that prices vary, even between phones of the same model.

The more expensive versions are often unlocked variants of the same phone. You can use these phones on any carrier that uses the frequencies the phone supports.

Service providers often sell phones at a discount. Locking them ensures that you’ll stay with the company long enough for them to recoup the discount they offered. Once you’ve met the terms of your contract or financing agreement, they will then unlock the phone for use elsewhere.

For more information on the benefits of an unlocked phone, check out our unlocked phones guide .

Are Subsidies and Discounts Worth the Contract?

The answer to this is highly subjective. If you know you’ll have service everywhere you need it, won’t want to upgrade the phone before the contract is up, won’t need it unlocked and won’t break it, sure!

But that is an awful lot of “if’s” in our opinion...

If you can’t afford the price of a new phone, going with a used phone from the last generation of releases can cut the cost significantly while also avoiding being locked into an agreement that might not end so well.

And in most cases, last generation's flagships are still great phones in terms of battery life, power, and features... Just at a fraction of the price of the latest and greatest.

When is the Best Time to Purchase a New Phone or Upgrade?

In most cases, you’ll find the best prices at or near the time of the release of a new model. Many manufacturers offer discounts or bundle deals for new releases. The used market is also often flooded with last year’s release by people looking to upgrade to the new one.

This means that whether you’re shopping for a brand new phone or one that’s simply new to you, you’ll probably find a good deal.

For more information, check out our phone upgrading guide on maximizing savings when upgrading your phone.

Are Refurbished Phones a Good Value?

This depends on where you get your refurbished phone...

If you’re buying from an online auction site or classified, you’ll probably need to do a bit of research.

However, the market for used and refurbished phones is huge these days. So there’s no shortage of reputable options for finding a reliable phone at a fraction of the retail price.

A few of our favorites include:

What If I Don’t Want a Smartphone?

While smartphones are a popular option, they’re not for everyone. Fortunately, most manufacturers still often other options. Most fall into one of two categories:

  • Feature Phones: These phones often mimic smartphones, but have limited features. Some include cameras, email apps, media players and other similar features. However, most lack an app store, high-speed data and the other things that add to the cost (and complications) of a smartphone.

  • Standard or "Dumb" Phones: If you’re only looking to use your phone to talk or send the occasional text, a basic phone often offers substantial savings--both on purchase price and monthly service fees.

What About Buying Used? Is it a Safe Way to Save?

If you're willing to do a little research and know where to look, used phones are a great way to get more phone for your money.

We have a guide for that as well! Topics include ensuring that the phone is valid and functional, getting the best price, and the best sites for finding used mobile phones.

Replacing a phone or upgrading? You can also make some spare cash with your old devices. We have a comprehensive guide on selling your used phone for maximum profit .

Do All Phones Need Data Plans?

Monthly and prepaid data charges add up fast.

While it might seem like they’ve become a standard part of owning a mobile phone, there are still a few exceptions.

  • If you pick up a standard phone, you’ll sacrifice some features, but most don’t require data plans.

  • Feature phones will vary depending on the exact features that they add. Still, most carriers offer lower priced plans since the data used by feature phones is often much less than that of smartphone.

However, keep in mind, that without a data plan, you might not be able to send picture messages or use features such as GPS navigation without a Wi-Fi connection.

If you’re using a smartphone and you’re no longer on contract, you might be able to drop data service if you deactivate the phone and use it over Wi-Fi.

Apps such as Line2 and Skype make it simple to maintain a phone number on the device without the need for traditional carrier service. However, this will mean that you no longer can make or receive calls or text when outside of Wi-Fi range.

Can I upgrade my handset without buying a new one?

No. Apart from the ability to add storage space to some models, the features and specifications for mobile phones are determined by the manufacturer.

This makes researching your phone prior to purchasing essential.

If you’re looking to squeeze a little more performance out of your phone, our Guide to Saving on Mobile Data offers tips that might help.

Looking for something to do with your old phone after you upgrade? Our article 9 Great Uses for Your Old Smartphone or Tablet offers ways to repurpose a device that might be collecting dust.

Phones feature a wide range of features and specifications... especially in the Android market.

This is where the real personalization comes in.

Considerations include:

  • Screen Size, Type and Resolution
  • Processor Speeds
  • Battery Life and Charging Speeds
  • Storage Space
  • Camera Features
  • Connectivity Options

What Size Screen is Right for Me?

It seems phones get a little bigger each year. These days, it’s not uncommon to see flagships touting 5.5-inch screens . While this is great for watching videos, it’s not always ideal for making calls or using your phone with one hand.

But it’s all about balance. While smaller phones are lighter and easier to hold, text is often cramped on the screen and keyboards can be a pain to use.

We recommend phones smaller than 4.5-inches if you’re in need of something portable and plan to mostly use your smartphone for voice calls and other basic needs.

Medium-sized phones between 4.5 and 5.0 inches strike a nice balance of portability and easy use. They’re also great for gaming or media consumption.

Phones larger than 5.0 inches get tricky. Voice calls are often awkward without a bluetooth headset or wireless speaker. While gaming or media consumption is great, shoving the slab of phone in your pocket isn’t.

We recommend heading to your local electronics store and handling a few phones if you’re unsure. This will help you find what’s good for your eyes and the size of your hands. Make note of the size and head home to check out options in that range online.

Why Do Some Screens Seem Bigger Than Others Even Though They’re the Same Size?

Many phone manufacturers are choosing different resolutions for their displays.

While this makes it easier to display two apps at once or create screens that are longer and thinner (and therefore easier to hold), it makes comparing screen measurements tricky.

Visual comparison is a better way to see the differences. Our comparison tool above makes it easy to look at product images and see how screen sizes might differ based on more than the measurement in the specifications listing.

Which is Better -- LCD, IPS, AMOLED or OLED?

If you’ve looked at phone specifications or checked our phone reviews, you’ve probably seen a range of screen types mentioned. While the type of screen will change how the image looks, the quality of the screen is often the most important aspect.

Budget phones tend to feature dimmer, duller screens than their pricier competitors.

However, there are a few defining characteristics of each screen type to keep in mind:

  • TFT: These are mostly found in budget devices. TFT (Thin Film Transistor) displays have reduced viewing angles. This can cause distortion when viewing from an angle. A lack of contrast and brightness can also cause problems when trying to read the screen in bright sunlight.
  • IPS: These offer improved color and contrast over TFT displays as well as improved viewing angles. A good IPS (In-Plane Switching)    screen can compete with the best screens out there. A poor one won’t offer much more than a TFT panel.
  • AMOLED or OLED: Typically used in flagship and higher quality devices, AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)   screens offer exceptional brightness and contrast with wide viewing angles. However, they are a bit more expensive. They also have a tendency to make colors very punchy. So if color accuracy is a concern, choose a model with color profiles to adjust it to your liking.

What is the Best Screen Resolution for a Smartphone?

There isn’t a single answer for this. The optimal resolution will also depend on the size of your screen. A better measure of how crisp and detailed a screen will look is its pixels-per-inch -- or PPI.

Digital images are made up of tiny dots of light -- also known as pixels. The PPI measurement compares the resolution to the screen size to show how many dots are in an inch screen space. The higher the PPI the higher the detail and clarity.

We won’t get into the specific math involved, but if you cannot find the PPI of the device you’re looking at in its specifications, you can calculate it using the Pixel Density Calculator .

In general, you’ll find that a PPI around 350 provides an adequate level of detail.

While a PPI higher than 420 offers improved detail, it’s harder to notice the difference as the number increases further. The cost also might not be worth the investment.

Similarly, dropping below 300 PPI, you’ll notice an immediate lack of detail in images, videos and games. You might also find that text is blurry and hard to read.

The exception to this is if you plan to use your phone with a VR headset. Since the phone stays so close to your eyes -- and lenses magnify the image -- you'll want the highest resolution you can get.

Most standalone headsets use two small screens that are between 1440 and 1600 pixels each at the time of writing. So they're pushing PPI measurements that most phones can't match.

Still, most forums, recommend starting at at least 450 PPI and if you can push closer to 550 or 600 you'll notice a difference.

How Many Cores Does a Phone Processor Really Need?

It seems that each new generation of smartphone keeps adding cores and boosting power. There’s even some review sites that might argue that the latest flagship phones are more phone than the average person actually needs.

So if you’re looking to save money but still get a phone that offers a good experience, consider these guidelines.

  • Start with at least a Dual-Core processor. While single core processors are still around, they’re not up to the task of pushing high resolution displays or loading large apps. For basic or emergency use, we recommend at least a dual-core processor.
  • For anything more than casual use, Quad-Core offers noticeable benefits. If you’re playing games or bouncing between apps, a quad-core processor will reduce delays and provide a smoother experience. It’s often worth the extra price if you’re an avid phone user.
  • Octo-core processors are fast, but that's not the most important aspect of them.  The latest phones use processors with 8 and even 10 cores. However, there's a bigger payoff that just processing power. Most of the newest processors hitting the market are all octo-core. This means many are more power efficient than older quad-core models. If you're looking for a future-proof phone, octo-core is the way to go.

How Can I Tell if One Processor is Better than Another?

This gets tricky...

In the early days, you could simply compare the GHz number for each processor that measured processing power.

However, with the later generations, processors are doing more with the same processing power. So this number isn't always accurate.

Not to mention, many quad- and octo-core processors are using multiple cores at different speeds in the same chip.

If you’re looking to compare two specific processors, these Android  and iPhone  comparison charts make it simple.

However, as general trends go, newer processors of a similar speed will always offer improved performance and power usage over older processors.

In most cases, it pays off to look up reviews and buy something just above what you need. You get to enjoy a bit of future-proofing while getting a great balance of performance, value and won’t need to spend your day searching out a power source.

How Can I Tell How Much Battery Life a Phone Has?

Most phone specification sheets list a battery capacity in mAh. But this number is only a rough indication of what to expect. Screen size, screen resolution, the processor used, your network and how you use your phone will all impact battery life.

Today’s high-end phones often last more than a day on a single charge. Mid-tier and budget options might leave you searching for a charger before the day is through.

For all-day use, most modern phones require a battery capacity of at least 2,700mAh. However, the best way to get an estimate of battery life is to read our summaries . We’ll highlight what reviewers found both in benchmarks and real world use so you can see how the battery fares without having to crunch a bunch of numbers.

QuickCharge, TurboCharge, UberMegaMagicCharge: What’s the Difference?

Many of today’s newer phones and flagships include a form of fast charging . Which type depends mostly on the internal components of the phone.

While fast charging works a little differently between types, the general idea is that the phone and charger communicate to offer faster, high-input charging when the battery is low on power. Often, you can hit 30-50% of your battery’s charge in as little as 30 minutes.

Once the battery hits a certain charge level, the input lowers to help extend the life of the battery. In most cases, a new flagship can go from dead battery to full charge in around 1 to 1.5 hours.

However, it’s important to note that many manufacturers require you to use both their special cables and special chargers to take full advantage of fast charging. This means that if you lose your cable or charger, you might need to pay more for a replacement or settle for slower charging speeds.

What is RAM? How Much RAM Does a Smartphone Need?

The random access memory (RAM) in your phone is what it uses to temporarily store the information needed to launch apps, stream video and complete other common tasks. It’s faster than most other storage options.

In short, the more RAM your phone has, the smoother and quicker it will switch between tasks or complete complex tasks.

You cannot add RAM to a mobile phone, so what you buy is what you’re stuck with until you upgrade to a new phone.

We recommend a minimum of 2 gigabyte (GB) of RAM. This will provide enough room to run most major apps--though you’ll likely run into stutters and slow load times when multitasking.

Unless you’re planning on light usage only, you will notice an immediate difference in the devices using 3 to 4GB of RAM. This provides an ideal balance of performance and cost.

If you're looking to future-proof your purchase -- or plan to multitask often - going for more RAM is always a sound investment. Many phones now include as much as 6 to 8GB of RAM. However, as they tend to be the latest models, you'll pay a premium for the added performance.

How Much Storage Space Does My Phone Need?

It’s important keep in mind you won’t have access to the full amount of storage listed in the phone’s specifications. This is because the phone’s operating system and any apps the manufacturer or carrier install will take up space.

If your phone has a memory card expansion slot (ie. via microSD cards), you won’t need to worry as much about storage as you can affordably expand it. However, for phones without memory card support, you’re stuck with what you choose. So be sure to consider how you plan to use your phone.

  • For most users, 8GB provides just enough room for an assortment of social media apps, some music, and the occasional game or productivity apps.
  • When possible, 16GB or more of storage is recommended. This will allow you to add media and apps to your phone with much more freedom.
  • If you plan to store a large amount of video or music on your phone or play multiple 3D games, 32 or 64GB models are even better. However, for most users, this is overkill.

If your phone doesn't support a microSD card, you can't upgrade the storage without buying a new phone. In this case, we'd recommend no less than 32GB just to be sure you're never stuck wishing you'd have bought a phone with more storage. 

While some offer as much as 128GB and 256GB of storage, there's little need for this much space unless you're planning to store a large collection of movies or TV shows or plan to use your phone to record video without frequent access to a PC or Wi-Fi to transfer the files elsewhere and reclaim the space.

How Pick a Phone with a Great Camera

Not long ago, it was all about megapixels (MP).

While this still serves as a decent baseline to weed out bad options, there’s a whole lot more to a good camera than MP these days.

In general, the baseline consideration for a good rear phone camera is 8MP. 5MP is acceptable for front-facing lenses if you’re only planning on the occasional selfie or video chat.

Other considerations include:

  • Dual Lens Cameras: These often offer advanced features, such as zoom or bokeh effects, that you won’t find with the competition.

  • Aperture Size: While this is a complex topic that could be it’s own guide, in general smaller numbers will be better low light performance. However, it can also result in a lack of depth in shots.

  • Sensor Size: Sensor sizes are most often labelled in fractions. Common sensor sizes include 1/3.2-inches, 1/3-inches and 1/1.2-inches. Essentially, the larger the sensor, the more detail the camera can capture.

  • Pixel Size: The larger the pixel size (usually measured in microns) the better the low-light performance.

  • Optical Image Stabilization: This uses a mechanism to help stabilize the lens and reduce the number of fuzzy shots you snap.

  • Phase-Detection or Laser-Assisted Autofocus: Both of these features drastically speed up how fast your phone can focus. This makes it easier to capture those magic moments before they’re gone.

Our phone summaries typically offer an idea of what to expect from the phone's camera. But for a true camera-centric look at options, DxOMark covers everything else you might need to know.

    Can My Phone Replace a Video Camera?

    High-end smartphones can capture stunning 4K video, create super slow-motion shots or even stabilize the video. However, this isn’t the case with all smartphone cameras.

    If you’re planning to share your videos online, you’ll want a phone that records 720p video at 60 frames per second (FPS) minimum. 1080p is even better for viewing on larger screens.

    4K video is trickier...

    While many will record 4K video, they only record at 30 FPS. While this might be great for calm scenes or family videos, any high-action shots are likely to appear blurry during motion sequences or experience minor stuttering.

    Looking for slow-motion shooting? Choose a phone capable of filming at 240 FPS or higher.

    What Features Do I Need to Make Payments with My Phone?

    If you’re planning to use Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or one of the competing services, you’ll need to look for two features on your phone.

    • Near Field Communication (NFC): This is the feature that allows the phone to communicate with a payment pad by tapping it or hovering near it.

    • Fingerprint Scanners: Most payment services require a fingerprint scanner to prevent fraud. While most flagship options have one, you’ll need to choose carefully if you’re looking for a mid-tier or budget phone.

    One exception to this rule is high-end Apple phones. Models with FaceID don't offer a fingerprint scanner but can still use FaceID to complete mobile payments with most providers.

      Can My Phone Use More than One Phone Number?


      On a hardware level, you will need a dual-SIM phone to support multiple separate lines from your carrier .

      However, if you’re an area with CDMA network coverage, you won’t be able to take advantage of this feature.

      If you don’t mind using a virtual number, there are a variety of apps to add second numbers to any phone using software. Many require additional payments and plans to function.

      Popular options include Skype , Sideline and Line2 .

      With all the details out of the way, it's now time to start digging into the phones available.

      If you're not sure where to look, consider these common usage scenarios and guidelines.

      What Phones are Good for Traveling?

      While most GSM World or Quad-Band phones will work with most networks, there are a few more things to consider.

      An unlocked phone makes it easy to pick up a prepaid SIM at your destination or order a travel SIM before departing. Using one of these cards means you’re not stuck paying the often insane rates your service provider charges when roaming.

      If you have a dual-SIM phone , you can even leave your normal number active for emergency calls or important business dealings while saving on local calls in the area you’re visiting.

      What’s the Best Budget Smartphone?

      In most cases, you’ll get the lowest prices and best experiences with a 4 to 5-inch Android phone .

      You can typically find options with a decent quad-core processor, 720p+ display and 2GB of RAM for around $100. Be sure to watch storage space. Many budget phones only offer 4 to 8GB of storage. Unless you’re only installing a few apps , this will fill up fast.

      What’s the Best Phone for Kids and Young Adults?

      Due to their affordable replacement costs, we recommend a budget Android phone.

      You can usually find a good option for under $100 and if it slips into the pool, gets lost at school or is dropped on the ground, you won’t need to worry as much about replacing it. Kids tend to love their media and games, so an option with microSD card support will make sure there’s plenty of room for all their stuff.

      For more suggestions, and specialized picks just for kids, be sure to check out our Best Phones for Kids Roundup .

      What’s the Best Phone for Teens or Students?

      Being a little older, you can probably trust the teen or student in your life with a better phone. We’d recommend a larger, mid-tier Android phone or an iPhone from the last generation of releases.

      This gives them more power, a nice camera, and a larger screen to enjoy their media while still keeping costs low should you need to replace it. You'll find recommendations for teens in our phone for kids guide .

      What’s the Best Phone for Casual or Emergency Use?

      If you’re not going to use your phone often, or primarily plan on using it for voice calls, we recommend a feature phone or standard, non-smartphone . These offer lower monthly bills, better battery life, and affordable prices.

      If you get a prepaid phone, be sure to check the expiration policy on minutes so you’re not surprised if you ever need your phone in a pinch.

      What’s the Best Phone for Gaming?

      A flagship phone will usually provide the best performance and experience. However, unless you’re planning to use VR, an octa-core phone with 4GB of RAM, and a 1080p display 5-inches or larger plays games quite nicely.

      What’s the Best Phone for Watching My Favorite Shows and Movies?

      Screen size and resolution is everything when it comes to watching video. We recommend at least a 5-inch screen . If you won’t mind toting it around, larger might be better.

      While 4K screens are showing up on devices, you won't find 4K content on every streaming service. So be sure to check what services you like to be sure its worth the added cost to you. Not to mention the impact that 4K video will have on battery life and data usage.

      Because 4K HDR content is still not quite mainstream, we recommend a 1080p or 2K phone. They’ll still offer great detail in the 5-inch size range while allowing you to binge watch without worry about your battery life.

      If you don’t have a good pair of headphones, be sure to check for a model with stereo speakers. Better still, front-facing stereo speakers will offer plenty of volume and a more immersive experience.

      Eventually 4K HDR phones will likely rule the roost here, but until streaming platforms -- and mobile data speeds -- can keep up with display technology, we're not sure they're worth the investment just yet.

      What’s the Best Phone for Seniors?

      If you’re looking for a simple way replace traditional phone service with a mobile phone, a basic phone or flip phone is likely a good fit. Just be sure to check the volume of the loudspeaker to ensure that calls will come through clear. Low costs and operation similar to a traditional cordless phone will make the transition easy.

      Looking for something with more features? The iPhone series is user-friendly, consistent and dependable. Apple’s support is great should questions arise.

      We have an in-depth guide on the latest senior phone picks to help you find the perfect option.