Is 16GB 6s or 6s plus good enough for senior?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, my relative does not know how to use a computer. She also does not use the internet. She only wants a device that can easily make and receive phone calls. According to her, there is no need of a camera. However, she wants me to install some songs for her. In this case, is 16GB enough? Is it better to buy a 32GB 6s/6splus for her? I recall reading some posts suggesting not to buy the 16GB version. However, I suppose those suggestions are for those who take lots of photos and use the internet, etc.
     
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  3. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    Firstly, there is no 32GB now, only 16/64/128, so 100 for 64 is worthy I think.

    She can use iCloud to get other peoples' pictures and videos automatically if they use iCloud sharing or family sharing. So I think if considering that, probably 64GB is the better option.

    So you will have to set up an iCloud account for her and add her relatives and friends iCloud account in the Contacts as well.

    If money is the issue, I think iPhone 6/plus 64GB will be the better idea.
     
  4. navaira macrumors 68040

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    @zhaoxin, do you seriously think a person who does not know how to use a computer or internet will be able to learn iCloud?
     
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    Do not buy an iPhone! An iPhone is a handheld computer. If she's not some what computer literate a different type of device may be better. Otherwise you will spend all of your time teaching her how to use it and fixing things.

    JMO
     
  7. zhaoxin, Dec 28, 2015
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    No. I think you may not know much on iPhone or iCloud/family sharing. The iCloud sharing is what once you have set it properly, all photos and videos that the others share to you will be in your Photo app automatically.

    So what she need to learn is just to open the Photo app and click the Sharing tab on the bottom, nothing more.

    Also, my relative who just have 8 years education and over 65 years old, who also doesn't use a computer at all. Now she can play movie for her grand children on iPad and use WeChat talk to us in her Android phone. She even share a lot photos and internet links and sometimes videos by WeChat friend circles.

    So it is not aging or internet experiences stop people using iPhone. Even 3 years old child can play iPad, so the elderlies.
     
  8. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    A low cost flip phone or anything with buttons for calls and any iPod for music.

    Dale
     
  9. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    She has a very small phone that can only make/receive calls. Now, she also wants a device that plays music. In addition, she wants to buy a calculator. So, I suggested an iPhone rather than an Android phone as the chance she messes up the phone may be lower.
     
  10. danny_w macrumors 601

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    As a senior with less than perfect eyesight I would highly recommend not getting an iOS device of any kind. I have an iPad and have difficulty reading the thin fonts (yes I have done all of the settings) and buttons / clickable items can be very hard to see. May be fine for fresh young eyes but not for seniors. Sorry but Apple abandoned that market with iOS 7.

     
  11. fit24 macrumors newbie

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    hajime it sounds like you've already decided to purchase an iPhone for your relative. I think 16GB is enough to install a few songs. I hope everything works out.
     
  12. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    The "One Stop" aspect of the modern smart phone is the real selling point, isn't it? I'd suggest taking the relative to a phone store and letting her pick the one with the most readable interface. Anything on the market can do phone/message/photos/music. Usability is the question and the OP just can't decide that.

    Dale
     
  13. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    iPhones are terrible choices for the elderly and for people with eyesight issues. Apple is no friend to either as they continue on making fonts on the small side with no REAL option to simply adjust for ease of view. Example - a front screen with 4X5 icons leaves the fonts beneath on the small side. Apple only has to offer a setting to make the front screen of icons 3x4 and there would be plenty of room to increase the size of text. The entire menu system is riddled with the same. The impairment features don't really make sense for the elderly either. Apple gets an epic FAIL in this category of use.

    Navaira gave a decent link and there are phones that are far easier to see and use than the Apple. As for those who don't have need of larger fonts or simpler set up, Apple still kicks @ss as an excellent powerhouse of a cell phone.
     

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