Best Phone For My Dad

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by JaySoul, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    My Dad wants to have a smartphone. These are the basic needs:

    - 3.5 to 4" screen (max)
    - lightweight, meaning under 115g in weight
    - pretty simple to use
    - decent battery life

    That's basically it, just a reliable, lightweight smartphone that's easy to use - any recommendations please?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Any particular platform?
    iOS, Android, WP, Blackberry, etc?
  3. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
  4. JaySoul thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I'd prefer Android really, but WP could be an option.

    iPhone too heavy! The only one would be a 5S but that's just way too expensive for his needs.
  5. khha4113 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2013
    Moto G or E?
  6. JaySoul thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Do you know how heavy the Moto G and E are???
  7. JH- macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2009
    The phone you want may not exist. There is no need to be inconsiderate to these individuals who have taken the time to post suggestions. If you keep responding like this to the people who take time to post you're going to get nowhere.
  8. Dreday24 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
  9. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Under 115g? What, is 130 going to strain your hand?

    The phone you want doesn't exist yet, at the price you want. Moto G is your best bet, plain and simple. Otherwise get an iphone 5 (affordable) or a cheap Nokia 8 WP.
  10. LSUtigers03, Aug 19, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014

    LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    You can get an iPhone 5 it is 112g.

    The best Android options in terms of price and performance are Moto G (143g) and Moto E (142g). You could get a used Moto X (130g) for pretty cheap. You could also look at the mini versions of flagship devices like the HTC One Mini (122g), LG G2 Mini (121g), or S4 Mini (107g).

    The best WP options are Lumia 520 (124g) and Lumia 635 (134g)
  11. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    If he wants small and simple then iphone will be his best option
  12. JaySoul thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    If the addition of 2 question marks spooks you this much, I suggest you take some time off of the internet. Calm down, please.


    Thanks, helpful post.

    The S4 Mini is nice but just too expensive - but I happened to check out the S3 Mini which basically fits the bill.

    Decent screen, 112g weight, solid screen and it's almost half the price of the S4 Mini. It is his first venture into the world of smartphones!
  13. PFKMan23 macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2012
    What I was keeping in mind by saying iPhone was keepnig the screen size as a chief consideration. The Moto G is still a 4.5" phone with the other Android phones being of similar size. If you really need 3.5" to 4" you're going to be stuck using more secondary brands or really old stuff.

    But honestly, my beleif is that for his needs, an iphone (5 or 5S) or a Moto G would be the two options I'd be looking at. Yes, they don't necessarily fit all your requirements, but I still feels those are the best choices.
  14. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
  15. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    My dad got his first smartphone last December, the iPhone 5s and he loves it. Learned the OS quickly, though doesn;'t trust the fingerprint scanner lol.

    Get him the iPhone 5 if you don't want to spend too much.
  16. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
  17. dannylloyd macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2014
    Manchester, GB
    moto g

    I have a 2013 moto g and its a great phone, but a bit heavy, but even the heaviest phones dont really weigh that much, try installing smart launcher if you choose an android, its simple and easy to use. :)
  18. mikemike690 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2012
    New Zealand
    How is the Moto g and the iPhone 5S too heavy? Seriously if your father needs a phone just get a near-flagship with a contract! Personally I would recommend to my father the Sony Xperia Z2 but he is very experienced with smartphones.

  19. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    You only have 2 choices here platform wise: iOS or Android. I wouldn't bother with a faltering ecosystem like Windows Phone especially if you want him to enjoy the Apps with the rest of the world.

    iPhone is currently 4" max. Not sure if there are high end Android phones that top out at 4".

    What does the rest of the family use? Would he utilize something like find my friends with other family members? Find my phone?
  20. ucfgrad93, Aug 19, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014

    ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I'd go with the Motorola X or G if you choose Android. And the iPhone 5/5s if you choose iOS.
  21. mel823 macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2012
    If all your dad will be using his phone for is making phone calls, and probably texting, then a Moto E.
  22. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Any generation of iPhone

    Nokia Lumia 520 or newest 530
  23. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    As you have asked this in the non iPhone section I would recommend an iPhone as it fits all the needs your Dad desires ;)
  24. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    If it is an Android, I think the Asus Zenfone 4 might be a better choice than the Moto E.

    It only retails for $100 or under. It has 4-inch screen and weighs only 115g. Asus also gave it 1GB RAM which is rare in its price range. I just saw all three Zenfones on display about 20 min ago. Asus didn't make it available to other countries other than China and its home country of Taiwan until recently. Build quality and design is decent enough. I consider Asus for the lower to midrange market, but nearly the same build quality as its neighbor, HTC. I rank it HTC, Asus, and Acer in that Taiwanese build quality order.

    You would have to import though. For my money, I wanted the Zenfone 5 first until I saw the huge difference in battery capacity between it and the Zenfone 6. I'm not in love with bigger phones but I am in love with all-day battery life. Read the Zenfone 4 batt life is pretty awful. But it fits the mold of your Dad's needs if you chose an Android.
  25. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Best Phone For My Dad

    I'm a long time iPhone user. I currently use an iPhone 5S. I've experienced Android with Samsung and HTC phones just to compare both OS's. Android is *not* simple to use. Especially since your father has never used a smartphone before, I don't think he'll find Android simple at all. IMO, the iPhone is an excellent choice. iOS is much more simple and very minimal than Android. It doesn't have to be an iPhone 5S. Consider the iPhone 4/4S.

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