« Waterproof Wrist Camera | Main | Genius Table -- giant sticky notes »

03. 20. 2007

Emporia delivers simple cellphones

emporialife2.jpg

One complaint that I hear from many of my friends is that cellphones are too complicated. Those users who don't need fancy animations and extra applications will be thrilled that Emporia is rolling out a couple of handsets that strip out all of the unnecessary fluff from the modern cellphone. These simplified phones are marketed towards senior citizens, but they will appeal to anyone who just wants "a phone and nothing else."

The emporiaLife is a slider phone, but the phone can make and receive calls from the closed position. According to MobileBurn the traditional phone menu has been ultra simplified - The default screen is the list of saved contacts. The number pad is oversized, and the screen is backlit in orange for easy reading. Ringtones and alerts can be set to ultra loud for those who are hard of hearing, and the silent alerts have extra strong vibration settings.

The most notable feature is an extra heart shaped button on the back of the phone for summoning help in case of emergencies. The Life button can dial emergency numbers or be used to send pre-defined text messages. The promotional materials are all in German so don't quote me on this, but I believe that the emergency button is able to send emergency SMS messages to multiple numbers at once while making the appropriate phone calls. The emporiaLife phone can also use AA batteries as a power source in case the battery goes dead while traveling.

The second new handset from the company is the emporiaTime. Where the Life has a button for summoning help, the Time has an extra button that calls up alarm clock functions for reminders on appointments and medications. The Time is the sportier of the two models in an all aluminum flip phone case. The emporiaLife is meant for the 50+ retiree, but the emporiaTime was designed for the aging professional who still goes to work every day.

It's nice to see a company realizing that older people are a market with different needs, and acknowledging that our aging population is more active than any generation before them. There's no word on price or dealers yet, but Emporia phones should be available around the world within the next six months.

Check SlashPhone for some great action shots of the emporiaLife phone showing the emergency button on the back, and the AA battery pack.

Posted by Johnny    Category: devices
Tags:
Email this | Comments (2)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati


Comments (2)

u can see a video at http://www.clipset.net/2007/02/15/emporia-un-movil-para-la-tranquilidad/

krzysztof:

I cannot find it anywhere! Could you kindly show me the way to the shop? All the links I've found are as dead as can be. Bye

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Back to Top

 





 
swf_ad2.gif


Best of Popgadget
10.21.2010

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004