Pros Large numbers, sound is clear.
Cons Low ring volume, too many features that you will never use, annoying AT&T logo on screen.
Summary Not as simple as my old Motorola. Took picture of my cat for screen display and there is an annoying AT&T logo right over his face. Still trying to figure out how to get rid of that. Found that center button w/AT&T logo will connect instantly to internet - and you pay for that in cents per kilobyte. Had to call company and have that "feature" blocked. I find it's slippery to hold on to, and sound control is right where you want to hold it. I really don't see how this is good for seniors. I'll use it for a couple more weeks then may return it before the trial month is up.
Pros seems to be durable, have dropped in a few times, its still going, takes really good pics up close, big buttons are nice, has much more bells and whistles than my c417.battery is o.k., but not as good as the c17.
Cons at times it sounds like a call has cut out but it hasn't? outer screen scratches easily, when texting the letters are very small....Im no teenager but not a "senior either" , .
Summary I like it, though it can seem a little bulky and hard to hold on to, hence the dropping it .I am wondering if the big buttons (which I really like) are going to hold up for the duration of the contract.??
Pros Large buttons, numbers and text. Fairly customizable for a simple phone. The speakerphone and the easy access key is a nice option. I also like the camera button which is clearly labeled and accessible.
Cons When putting in more than one number in the address book, you can't select the default number. It always defaults to the cell phone number first. This adds a level of difficulty when using the address book with multiple phone numbers per person.
Summary I bought this for an 82 year old relative to replace a Go-Phone that had no signal at her house. She hasn't received it yet, because I've been setting it up and playing with it.
I like the large numbers and easy to use menu. I figured out the screen pixels for creating custom wallpaper (176x220) and added some family photos for her to choose for fun.
My only two complaints thus far is the lack of a default selection for the phone number when multiple numbers are entered for a name. Also, AT&T loads all of these AT&T specific short-cuts into the Address book (contact list) which can not be deleted. I solved this problem by putting a blank space in front of every name I entered in the Address Book so the personal entries always are on top of the AT&T entries.
Another nitpick is that when saving a contact to the SIM card as well as the phone, they both show up in the contact list, although the SIM card entry has an icon on the right side. That is a pain that you can't save the address book to the SIM without both being listed.
I can use the bluetooth file transfer utility on my Mac to transfer images and files to the phone which is cool. I did find that I needed to turn the phone off and back on after I did bluetooth transfers because the phone would complain the bluetooth was busy even after I exited out of the Mac bluetooth utility and turn off the Mac bluetooth. Yes, I know most people looking or a simple phone probably won't bother, but the geek in me just can't help playing with ALL the features available.
I love that the SEND and END keys are large and clearly marked. Too many cell phones these days either have these as multifunction buttons or not very clearly marked.
The external display will display the time and date when it is on - however you need to hold down the volume key for at least 2 seconds for the external display to come on.
So far, I am impressed with the size, lightness, features (speakerphone, camera, bluetooth) for this basic phone. If the signal strength and volume (headset and ringer) work out for my relative, then this phone is a winner.
"Super Easy to Use"on by dnaspeter
Pros Large Keys; 3 super speed dial buttons; Bluetooth; really easy to use
Cons Only in white but hopefully will come in other colors soon
Summary You CAN see the exterior display when the handset is closed. Just press and hold the side volume key
Pros It has large keys and a clear, colorful display, which helps us middle-agers. It has lots of features, although I use virtually none of them. All I really need is a reliable phone.
Cons Even at full volume, the ring's too soft. The keypad backlight turns off in seconds, so it's hard to use in the dark. There's no easy way to transfer photos from the phone to a computer, especially a Mac.
Summary The keypad backlight problem is a real nuisance, because I routinely check my voice mail messages as I drive in to school each morning. By the time the automated voice prompts me to punch in my access code, the keypad is dark, and I have to turn on a light in the car to see what I'm doing. I've missed several phone calls because I did not hear the ring tone, even when I was in not particularly noisy environments. And I'm particularly frustrated that an AT&T phone store salesman sold me a Pantech data cable to transfer photos from my phone to my computer, and the cable has proven absolutely worthless. I'll be much more careful when I purchase my next phone.