Friday, December 18, 2009

iPhone Touch for the Elderly or Geriatric

I believe I've just discovered an under severed market. Albeit not a very sexy one, I believe it could be a very large and lucrative one for iPhone application developers. We recently bestowed my father with a bright shiny new iPod Touch for his 70th birthday. He is a lover of gadgets and technology from a user perspective. But what apps should we recommend to him. I don't suspect he is going to get a lot of mileage out of Duke Nukem or HipHop mixer. I also had other challenges such as no of very bad internet access. So I googled and googled and found nothing really answered my questions. So here is my initial take on setting up the iPhone or Touch and a few suggested applications. Leave comments on other suggestions.

iPhone Settings:
  1. Set the ringtone as "Old Phone." It is the loudest one.
  2. Set the Mail minimum font size to giant
  3. Turn on keyboard click (may not be heard, but could help with keys)
  4. Turn the brightness up all the way
  5. Use the MobileMe service for Locate my iPhone/Touch (very helpful)
FREE APPS
  1. ICE - FREE - In Case of Emergency contact information (Put icon on home screen)
  2. Lose It - FREE - Plan for losing and tracking weight
  3. MedScape - FREE - WebMD's app for drug info and interactions
  4. PillBox - FREE - Medication management ad tracking
  5. SolFree Solitaire - FREE - A nicely done and easy to understand and recognized game
  6. USA Today - FREE - Easy interface, large fonts, simple to use.
  7. The Weather Channel - FREE - Face it, weather is where its at and THE conversation.
  8. Facebook - FREE - Strange but true, more and more grandparents are keeping up online
  9. EyeRead - FREE - A magnifying glass for iPhones
Stay tuned for PAID apps

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I just got an iPhone recently, and I would like to transfer my contacts from my previous phone to my iPhone. However, there is no obvious button that I can press. How do you do this?



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