"Not good for elderly"2.0 starson by WassII
Pros: The screen is bright enough and the numbers being dialed are large enough on the screen.
Cons: Bad instructions (including the full online manual), volume probably bad for outdoors or in places with background noise, number pad doesn't stay lit long enough.
Summary: The instructions aren't good, and the menu structure on the phone isn't so great either. My guess is that most phones have better written instructions. I've heard others complain about this too, for example, in the Start Guide, a picture supposedly shows you what the buttons are for, but it indicates that the "OK" key is for navigation when the navigation "key" is actually the silver ring around the OK key (press the left side of the ring and you navigate to the menu option to the left which could then be selected by clicking OK, etc.) There's also nothing about what the "soft" keys are for. How to use the navigation buttons should be illustrated with pictures of the screen. A newbie would read the instructions "From the Home screen, select Menu" and "Scroll to and select Settings" (from the Start Guide, page 8) and not know how to do it.I discovered another problem...you're notified of voice mail when you open the phone, but the number it shows seems to be the number that you have to dial to listen to the voice mail, not the number of the caller. I think there's something you could press to see the number of the actual caller, so that's not a major issue. The major problem is after that one time when you're given the chance to see that you have voice mail, the phone forgets that you have voice mail. Navigating to Call history > Voice mail gives no indication of voice mail that you have waiting. So what's the purpose of the Call history > Voice mail? At least the number of the person that attempted to call is listed in on the Missed calls page.
And how long do you recharge it? Does it beep when it's done? Do you have to unplug it as soon as it's done? Is it OK plug it into the recharger and leave it like that overnight, every night? (I know the answer to most of these questions, but not from the instructions).
The call volume was OK for me in my limited test, but I have good hearing and was in a quiet room. An elderly parent in the same environment found it barely adequate.
The keypad light doesn't stay on long enough. It lasts about 5 seconds after you open the phone if you don't press anything. Every time you press a number, you have another 5 seconds. Not good enough. Ideally, there would be a button to press when YOU'RE READY to shut off the light.
Also, I wanted to use it as a watch without opening it but it took me a while before I discovered that you have to press AND HOLD the button on the right side. This is another problem with the instructions, unless I missed something.
Updated on Mar 25, 2011
Oh, and there are two different screens that show you the time a photo was taken and one of them is an hour off. This phone is buggy.
And I couldn't find the model number of the phone through the phone. I had to use the manual.