Review: Jitterbug Smart2 for GreatCall
The Jitterbug Smart2 is everything you've come to expect from a $150 phone — if it were 2014. The Smart2 covers the modern smartphone basics, but I can point to a half dozen competing devices that outperform this phone by a mile. It falls short of what I hoped to see, particularly considering the market.
The hardware is decent enough in many areas. Battery life borders on epic. The screen is very bright and the big fonts are easy to read. But call quality was uneven, and speeds (data and just in general) were fairly slow.
The simplified user interface works. It leans heavily on text lists and menus rather than the icon-based experience you'll find on other phones. Keeping the top-level menu items to a minimum will be helpful to those who don't want to be bothered with intricate settings and controls. I worry the phone's inconsistent touch response will aggravate owners. The camera app is decent enough, but the photos it produces are not.
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The Smart2 is mostly for those who are tech-averse and need basic voice, messaging, and emergency/health services available in an easy-to-use package. In that aim, the Smart2 meets the minimum eligibility requirements, but just barely as far as I am concerned.
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