montblanc

Need a 'normal' phone for my mum with a good camera

My mum doesn't get on with touch screens and wants a decent camera so modern smartphones are out. Can anybody recommend a phone with buttons that has a reasonably good camera for about £100? Do they still exist? :)

Thanks!

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Dec. 4, 2011 at 15:16

Yeah it would be another good option. You do get more bang for your buck, but you'd have to bear in mind that this would be a phone your mum would need to charge daily (which I know my mum certainly wouldn't get on with because her phone which lasts over a week often gets drained down to nothing) and Android requires a bit of patience to learn its ins and outs. If she can put up with that, then it's a good buy. :)

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blizzard7  Dec. 3, 2011 at 21:22

Tricky one. For this kind of phone, I'd personally stick with Nokia phones. Assuming your mum can live without WiFi and she wants a traditional style keyboard rather than a chunky QWERTY phone, a Nokia C5 may work. Here it is on O2. It's got excellent build quality, good battery life and one of the best keypads out there.

Now it's worth noting at this price point you can get the more well-rounded
Nokia C3 Touch and Type, which is a bit of a hybrid and features a touchscreen and a keypad. It's got WiFi and a slightly larger screen so may be worth considering as well.

montblanc  Dec. 3, 2011 at 21:50

Thank you for the quick reply! It pains me that you have to pay £20 more than a San Francisco that does a lot more but that's how it goes..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2011 at 21:51

Agree with Blizzard - in that price-range with a hardware keypad, a Nokia is probably your best bet.
That's not to say there isn't a good dumb Sammy or ahem... I don't know.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2011 at 21:53

PS @montblanc
20.00 more - but infinitely better battery performance, more stable OS, and more better for "mums" :D In fact, I think everyone should have a dumbphone for backup ;)

blizzard7  Dec. 3, 2011 at 22:17

PS @montblanc
20.00 more - but infinitely better battery performance, more stable OS, and more better for "mums" :D In fact, I think everyone should have a dumbphone for backup ;)


If it was infinitely better, surely that would mean you'd never have to charge it :p But yeah, it is more expensive than the San Fran, but you do get better build quality and a keypad, which is better for mums as Jan said.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2011 at 12:35

Good L*rd, I got outjan-ned by Blizzard :D

montblanc  Dec. 4, 2011 at 14:16

Do you think a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro might be a good choice too? It has a slide out keyboard and a proper camera, the touchscreen would be barely used. It's the same price too. If she doesn't want it, i'll have it :P

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2011 at 14:21

Yeah, it's actually not a bad phone, and as you say: best of both worlds. The onscreen landscape keypad by default is a good old 3x4 layout, so no steep learning curve.

blizzard7  Dec. 4, 2011 at 15:16

Yeah it would be another good option. You do get more bang for your buck, but you'd have to bear in mind that this would be a phone your mum would need to charge daily (which I know my mum certainly wouldn't get on with because her phone which lasts over a week often gets drained down to nothing) and Android requires a bit of patience to learn its ins and outs. If she can put up with that, then it's a good buy. :)

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