1. James Falconer's Avatar
    My mom is in her 60's. She's an amazing woman and does all sorts of great things for the family, but one small thing I want to do for her (mostly because she doesn't have one and should) is get her a mobile phone.

    I'm sure many of you have gone through similar situations before! It's important that she have a phone on her at all times, just in case. Even if she never uses it at all - it's the one time she really DOES need it that will make it all worthwhile.

    In my mom's case, she knows very little about tech in general, and will tell you the same. Big bro and me will often find ourselves over at her house, fixing a problem with email, or showing her how to pay bills online, or how to visit that new site she heard about.

    That said, mom is familiar with Macs and OSX in general. I'm thinking the iPhone SE would be the perfect fit for her, for her FIRST ever mobile phone... for many reasons:

    1. The size. Nice and small, easy to carry around.
    2. The Specs. They're solid, and should be future proofed for some time.
    3. Ease of use. Let's face it, iPhones are easy to use. That will help!
    4. Familiarity. She already knows how to use OSX. iOS will be in the comfort zone.
    5. Cost. It's not the most expensive device (nor should it be). Mom doesn't want to spend a ton of $, so yay!

    Wondering if anyone else out there agrees with my general thinking. Sure, the iPhone 6s is another option, but the extra size (even though not that much) and cost knocks it down a few notches on my list. Any suggestions? Agree or disagree?
    Last edited by James Falconer; 04-05-2016 at 11:31 AM.
    04-05-2016 09:53 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    I agree, I think this would be the best solution. Getting a 5s instead would be a disservice.
    04-05-2016 10:18 AM
  3. James Falconer's Avatar
    That's kind of what I was thinking too. Sure, a 5s would be fine now... but in a year or two - not so much.
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    04-05-2016 10:20 AM
  4. Maljunulo's Avatar
    How close is your nearest Apple store?

    Take her there and let her decide.
    04-05-2016 10:58 AM
  5. keithhackneysmullet's Avatar
    I wouldn't assume your mom wants a small screen phone . My mom uses a 6plus because she couldn't see the screen too well anymore on her 4s. Women in general are better equipped for larger phones because it's easily stored in a purse. I would look at a phone with a bigger screen. I think the se is perfect for people that pocket their phone and use a tablet for media consumption
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    04-05-2016 11:10 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I'm a Dad and Granddad, but I prefer the larger screen 6s Plus. I don't get all the assumptions that the SE is best for kids and parents. So only those between the age 18 and 40 like the Plus size? Or what? Lol
    04-05-2016 11:26 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    I'm a Dad and Granddad, but I prefer the larger screen 6s Plus. I don't get all the assumptions that the SE is best for kids and parents. So only those between the age 18 and 40 like the Plus size? Or what? Lol
    I think for some reason, people assume this but like you, I don't get it either.
    04-05-2016 11:29 AM
  8. James Falconer's Avatar
    I wouldn't assume your mom wants a small screen phone . My mom uses a 6plus because she couldn't see the screen too well anymore on her 4s. Women in general are better equipped for larger phones because it's easily stored in a purse. I would look at a phone with a bigger screen. I think the se is perfect for people that pocket their phone and use a tablet for media consumption
    Totally get that - I've already brought examples of the SE sizing, regular 6 and 6 plus sizing for her to check out. The SE seemed to be the one she wanted most. Still undecided though, things could change!
    04-05-2016 12:34 PM
  9. Adam Zeis's Avatar
    My parents still use Tracfones. Maybe I need to work on that.
    04-05-2016 12:43 PM
  10. James Falconer's Avatar
    04-05-2016 12:51 PM
  11. SnapThrow's Avatar
    I agree with #2-5 for the most part, but disagree on #1. My parents both have iPhones -- Dad in his early 70s a 6s and Mom in her late 60s a 6s+ -- and they both enjoy the larger screen and can actually see what is going on (incidentally they both increase the font size, and Dad has bold text turned on). When I helped them upgrade they were both having problems "seeing" on the smaller 4-inch screen...
    TwitchyPuppy likes this.
    04-05-2016 02:15 PM
  12. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I would consider old eyes. May older people appreciate the larger screens bc they have more trouble seeing.
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    04-05-2016 03:23 PM
  13. kataran's Avatar
    A couple of years ago I bought my Mom a used iPhone 3G and she loves and cares for it but never charges it so calling her on it is hit or miss. Lol

    Seriously a new iPhone for My Mom wouldn't work because all she does is use one app the "Phone" she doesn't text or email and refuses to use voicemail.

    Emergency call to me is when she sees a red dot on her home screen. I have to rush over and kill it
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    04-05-2016 03:35 PM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    A couple of years ago I bought my Mom a used iPhone 3G and she loves and cares for it but never charges it so calling her on it is hit or miss. Lol

    Seriously a new iPhone for My Mom wouldn't work because all she does is use one app the "Phone" she doesn't text or email and refuses to use voicemail.

    Emergency call to me is when she sees a red dot on her home screen. I have to rush over and kill it
    A 9mm should take care of it!
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    04-05-2016 06:54 PM
  15. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    I would go for a second hand iPhone 6, since it's easier on the budget.

    Yes, the SE is nice and small but maybe too small for her vision?
    04-06-2016 07:53 AM
  16. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    Double post
    04-06-2016 07:56 AM
  17. richard_rsp's Avatar
    I think the SE would make a great phone for your mother. Here are my 2 cents about my experience.

    My Mom currently uses an iPhone 5 (and has for the past 2 years), and it was her first cell phone. She is not a tech savvy person (at all), but we chose the iPhone5 mainly because it is designed to work out of the box (no need to download apps unless you want to).

    Regarding screen size: I was thinking that the screen would be too small for her vision, but since my mom doesn't really "surf the web" on her phone (she uses it for calls and emails primarily), it has been fine. As a matter of fact, she used my iPhone 6+ once and said it felt like she was holding a calculator to her head, lol.

    She loves using it as a camera as well. It has become her primary camera, so the SE's 12MP should do nicely if the same applies for your mom.

    Other benefits of the SE (over a 5S, 6, or 6S) is going to be battery life. I just got my SE, but the battery life seems pretty decent. We might be getting my mom an SE for this alone. She hasn't quite grasped the relationship between use, signal, battery life, and needing to charge it. The longer she can go between charges would probably be beneficial.
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    04-06-2016 08:26 AM
  18. Ariza16's Avatar
    As our parents get older, they have trouble seeing things , i would go with a 6 or 6s, perfect size. I've seen ladies at work putting up their small phones close to their face to see. I've even helped a couple get iPhones 6 and 6s and they love the size and can see better.
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    04-06-2016 10:02 AM
  19. James Falconer's Avatar
    Wow - tremendous feedback here folks, I really appreciate it.

    I'm actually heading over to talk iPhones with my mom later tonight, so we will see how it goes
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    04-06-2016 10:49 AM
  20. firedept10's Avatar
    I think you're right on target. As already mentioned, the only thing I think you might want to take into consideration is eyesight. I am only a couple years younger than your mom and I could never use an SE as I already struggle sight wise with a 6. But if sight is no issue then the SE would be a perfect fit for her.
    04-06-2016 02:44 PM
  21. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    Debatable.
    You points are very valid, but what about screen size ? A mom in her '60 maybe would prefer the large and comfortable screen of the 6S Plus.
    04-06-2016 04:16 PM
  22. iDavid956's Avatar
    I agree with you. My mother is 67 years old. She was familiar with Macs when she got an iPhone 4 three years ago. She liked the small size of the phone because it fits nicely in her hand and in her pocket. She does use reading glasses so I increased the size of the text which is very helpful for her especially in Messages. It took her a while to get used to texting on a QWERTY touchscreen since she was a two-handed pro on a flip phone. She’s gotten used to having the power of the Internet in her pocket. She likes being able to look up stuff like addresses, phone numbers, crossword puzzle answers, the latest lottery numbers, etc. She likes the Facebook app to keep up with all our relatives and her banking app to keep track of her finances. She also likes having a good-quality camera on her at all times to take pictures of her grandchildren. As far as storage goes, she has very few apps so the majority of the 16 GBs goes to storing photos and videos. She filled it up once with photos and videos but I transferred them to her Mac and recovered a lot of her storage space.

    Last year, she inherited my sister’s old iPhone 5. And while it would have been a perfectly fine replacement for her for a year or two, the digitizer unfortunately started acting up really bad this past February. The screen would quit responding or start ghost typing so I told her to stick it out until March 21st when Apple was set to unveil the new smaller iPhone. I watched the event and knew instantly that it was the new phone for her for all the same reasons you stated. So on March 31st, I went with her to our local Verizon store and upgraded her to a 16GB Rose Gold iPhone SE. She got a nice, clear, soft-grip case to show off the Rose Gold color and a tempered glass cover to protect the screen. So now she has a iPhone that could potentially last her for the next 3-4 years assuming it doesn’t break down internally or slow down to a crawl with a new iOS update. If anything, it might need a battery replacement in 2-3 years. (I had an iPhone 3G for 3 years and a 4S for four years. They all lasted. I only had to upgrade the batteries once on each model. So it’s possible.)


    I hope this helps. Let us know what your Mom decides.
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    04-06-2016 04:52 PM
  23. parker5011's Avatar
    My parents still use Tracfones. Maybe I need to work on that.
    The nice thing is you can use the SE on tracfone
    04-06-2016 09:47 PM
  24. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    My parents have a 6s and 6s Plus. That being said, my mother would have probably loved an SE if it existed when she bought a new phone last September.
    04-06-2016 10:02 PM
  25. James Falconer's Avatar
    Update... compared all models with her last night, and the phone of choice seems to be the iPhone 6s.
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    04-07-2016 11:55 AM
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