With smartphones becoming commonplace these days, is it fair that the elderly are left out of the fun simply because they might not be as technologically savvy compared to the younger generation? That is most definitely a resounding no and several companies have since created smartphones which target the elderly. Softbank and Sharp are looking to do the same as well in Japan, with the carrier announcing the Softbank 204SH smartphone manufactured by Sharp. The phone is targeted at elderly users and is pegged for a release in May, possibly later, although no word on whether it will make its way stateside or to other countries outside of Japan.
The handset is not the most powerful phone around, but it will come with features that will hopefully make its use easy for older folks. This includes a 4” display that will display letters and icons that are bigger than normal, making it more obvious and user-friendly to those who might have trouble seeing, or who are using a smartphone for the first time. Other features include tactile feedback to let the user know when they have launched an application, and applications can also be launched simply by speaking the name of the function.