Maybe grandma needs a smartphone, or your significant other isn’t so great with technology. Or—and don’t be embarrassed—maybe you just want a smartphone for yourself that’s real simple.
Verizon has smartphones that offer everything you must have without overdoing it. Here are our top five picks:
The newest smartphone on our list is also incredibly easy to use, thanks to some amazing tech. Facial recognition allows you to unlock your phone with a simple look. Bixby Translate helps you use your camera to change text into a language you can understand (Wi-Fi or internet connection required. For the full list of languages, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxy). And Samsung DeX (sold separately) lets you connect your phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a quick and easy way to open apps, use keyboard shortcuts and manage files on a big screen.
The Galaxy Core Prime has a 4.5-inch display that limits what’s shown on the Home screen, so it’s easy to get to the camera or do a quick Google search. For those who have never used a smartphone before, there’s Easy Mode, which makes the Home screen even simpler by increasing the size of words and making most-used apps and contacts pop out.
The Core Prime uses Android™, an operating system that has plenty of customizable settings. Its long-lasting battery—up to 23 hours of usage time—is good for those who forget to charge regularly.
The newest BlackBerry phone appeals to those who need to keep it simple. Its signature QWERTY keyboard makes typing a breeze for anyone who has trouble with touchscreens. And—bonus—the keyboard slides out, so Mom will think it’s just like her old slider phone.
The keyboard is also programmable for custom shortcuts (which you can help Mom set up). For example, holding down the “B” key will open your web browser. You can even set two shortcuts to a single key—holding the “B” key longer could call your brother. The keys also work as a trackpad for scrolling through notes and web pages, so you don’t have to touch the screen. And when you slide the QWERTY keyboard out, the 5.43-inch screen hides the touch keyboard, opening up more screen space for whatever you’re perusing.
BlackBerry has always been good at making phones that serve up messages, email and web browsing with no sweat. And we can’t mention the PRIV without mentioning that it’s the first BlackBerry to use Android.
The LG K4 LTE focuses on being reliable and user-friendly. Its ergonomic build feels more natural in your hand than bigger phones, while the 4.5-inch screen helps make everyday things like reading emails or checking the weather a piece of cake. A strong processor helps ensure apps won’t slow down.
The autofocus camera will be a huge upgrade for anyone switching from a basic phone—it’s created with simplicity in mind. Sharing a photo with family or friends only takes a couple of taps.
One of the best things about the Lumia 735 is the Windows Phone® operating system, which is great for cruising through basic smartphone functions like checking email, browsing the web and getting directions. With Live Tiles, you can customize the size of app icons to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Some tiles can even display helpful info right on the Home screen, such as the temperature from a weather app.
The Lumia 735 has an ample 4.7-inch screen, a strong processor and a 6.7-megapixel camera that will impress first-time smartphone users.
Should you consider a basic phone?
Maybe the person you’re shopping for does need a new phone with a little more functionality, but isn’t ready for a smartphone. If that’s the case, check out these basic phones with useful extra features.