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Best phone for a parent?

What phone would you recommend for a parent who currently has a feature phone, but uses an iPad for browsing and a few other apps at home? Is an iPhone 5c too expensive or maybe even pointless (taking the iPad into account)? How hard is Android to learn from scratch? Or Windows Phone?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Nov. 27, 2014 at 15:22

Windows Phone devices are fine.
Anyone who can use an iPad can use a WP8.x device. But: there are some oddities
that aren't immediately obvious - such as what apps and how many apps can do what in the background. The WP marketplace for apps sucks. A few good apps that are really hard to find, and 99.5% rubbish apps. But use is simple, and you needn't spend much for quality. I love the WP8 keyboard, the browser (only thing called Internet Explorer I ever enjoyed using. The email app is good too.

The iPhone 5c? You get that at good prices now - considering what you get: a device somewhere between the 5 and the 5S. And though the plastic case is no pageant winner, it feels really nice. Just beware: the 8GB model that is sold left and right - it really only gives you 5.9GB...so: a good data-plan or wifi is a must to use iCloud storage or dropbox or or or...

Android is easy to get started, but then it gets very convoluted very quickly.
Everything can be done 3 or 4 different ways. Dozens of variants of what looks, to the lay person, like the same phone. Different UI overlays and bloat means an amateur can have difficulties finding out what to do how. H*ck, I know a few things about many phones, but I often need to search the webs before I can say with confidence how to do x, y, or z on device a. Being a Google product Android is like a Candy Store the size of a city - and while you find your bearings they start rearranging everything...

But: you get good hardware for cheap, and most people will get the hang of it.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 27, 2014 at 15:22

Windows Phone devices are fine.
Anyone who can use an iPad can use a WP8.x device. But: there are some oddities
that aren't immediately obvious - such as what apps and how many apps can do what in the background. The WP marketplace for apps sucks. A few good apps that are really hard to find, and 99.5% rubbish apps. But use is simple, and you needn't spend much for quality. I love the WP8 keyboard, the browser (only thing called Internet Explorer I ever enjoyed using. The email app is good too.

The iPhone 5c? You get that at good prices now - considering what you get: a device somewhere between the 5 and the 5S. And though the plastic case is no pageant winner, it feels really nice. Just beware: the 8GB model that is sold left and right - it really only gives you 5.9GB...so: a good data-plan or wifi is a must to use iCloud storage or dropbox or or or...

Android is easy to get started, but then it gets very convoluted very quickly.
Everything can be done 3 or 4 different ways. Dozens of variants of what looks, to the lay person, like the same phone. Different UI overlays and bloat means an amateur can have difficulties finding out what to do how. H*ck, I know a few things about many phones, but I often need to search the webs before I can say with confidence how to do x, y, or z on device a. Being a Google product Android is like a Candy Store the size of a city - and while you find your bearings they start rearranging everything...

But: you get good hardware for cheap, and most people will get the hang of it.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 28, 2014 at 09:18

I keep buying Moto Gs for everyone. They are cheap, fast for basic use and run plain stock Android without any apps preinstalled. Not as overwhelming as Samsung phones with their load of useless stuff.
Google Maps, Mail, Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber work great. Camera sucks, but its usable and good enough for occasional picture for Facebook or Whatsapp.

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