I am on the Autistic Spectrum and am thinking about getting a new mobile phone. I don't want a smart phone as I find surfing the Internet awkward with such a small screen and I am not really interested in "apps" or games. I just need to make and receive phone calls, send and receive texts, a basic two mega pixel camera would be useful, also some kind of memo function where I can store some information. Does any one know if there are any autistic aspects to mobile phone, their use etc, please? Can anyone suggest a good one, please?
from your description, you want an old Nokia
you might be better off getting a newer equivalent,
I really like my smartphone though, I have an LG V20 I hate all the cases available so carry it in the nude and drop it often it's very strong so far. I just keep a stick on glass thing on it and replace it once it gets scruffy.
Alcatel do a few basic phone versions.
Maybe have a look on the carphone warehouse website to see what they offer? There has been an increased demand for "grandad phones" (nickname for very basic calls and text message phones) so you will find a selection to choose from.
Nokia also did an updated rerelease of their 3310 which is still good but not as robust as the old nokias were.
I've got an Alcatel. Big numbers, makes calls, receives and sends texts, makes young people laugh. It works okay - when I can be bothered to switch it on.
I'm not a smart phone fan myself. To me a phone is a phone and a computer is a computer.
I've got one of these Cat toughphones.
It's talk and text. 2MP camera. The battery has about 10 hours talk time and weeks (literally!) of stand by. It's 1m waterproof, you can use it in the bath if you need to. It floats. You can drop it, sit on it, tread on it and nothing will happen. Dustproof too. Great reception. A bright torch that lasts a while. It's pretty small too. It's about £50 but for the extra £20 or £30 you can pay over a throw away, you get a phone that will pretty much last as long as you want and has some pretty unique features. They look a bit different too. It suits my needs perfectly. If you buy one there are pretty much few things to worry about. JCB and some other brands make toughphones with similar specs.
I use my text message drafts as a memo function. I always have.
The 3210 was built like a tank. Loved mine.
Graham said:makes young people laugh
Makes me laugh when they walk into walls or over cliffs
The laugh's on them, if they did but realise...
That's not just young people. Consider this type of thing: man walking round corner on pavement in opposite direction to me, he's on phone in middle of pavement and weaving uncertainly, looks up enough to register me, then goes back to phone, not bothering to move to one side to allow us to pass each other.
What's going on here? Has not just politeness, but the basic practicality of walking given way to the immediacy of information on a screen? Is it an aspie thing on my part: should I have smiled or engaged eye contact and had the responsibility of decisively gesturing which way we'd pass? The thing is, it's like I'm on a mobile phone in my head anyway; it's always going to take a second for me to snap back to the real world.
I can only give you recommendations based on my experience. I like big phones. These do give you a bit more screen to work on. Currently I use a Xiaomi Mi Max 2, which btw is also well within the budget range, but is also, definitely value for money. The newest in the series has just come out and is seven inches.
The catch is, you have to order it. If you don't want to do that then maybe go for a Lenovo phab plus. Or a tablet with a simple card, such as the Huawei mediapad M series, which has something closer to phone-t pe specs in terms of speed and memory, though you may need headphones tosoe decent calls on it.
Nokia or Alcatel like others have suggested