The Galaxy S7 is the best phone for seniors because it's the best phone for most people, and has plenty of options for those who need a bit of extra help.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a number of features that make it the best phone most people can buy, but it also has something special for people who are new to smartphones entirely, and may need a bit of extra help.

In addition to being strong but light, with drop-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back, the Galaxy S7 has an Easy Mode that lowers the bar for people who are transitioning from an older feature phone, or who needs a bit of extra guidance. Samsung also has a number of intuitive accessibility features that go above and beyond the average Android device.

Bottom line: The Galaxy S7 has all the goods, from a great, sturdy design to an accessible price to tons of features for people who need a little help.

One more thing: Samsung's Easy Mode can be activated from anywhere, but once you get the hang of it, it's also simple to turn off!

Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is best

The promise of getting things done.

'Easy mode' doesn't have to be a negative thing, and Samsung has done a great job making its Android software simple and intuitive. Even without it, the Galaxy S7 is one of the most accessible Android phones, with plenty of ways to make the software more user-friendly and accessible.

And features like Always-on display show you notifications even when the phone is off, while wireless charging support means you don't have to fumble for a Micro-USB cable in the dark.

Finally, even though it's a relatively compact device, the Galaxy S7 manages excellent battery life, and should last up to two days with moderate use.

Best for less

LG G5

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Like the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 is very easy to pick up and begin using. It has a beautiful 5.3-inch display, excellent performance, and great cameras. It also has a removable battery, which helps when you're scrambling to charge your phone — or forgot to charge it for a couple of days because you don't use it that often.

Also like Samsung's latest, the G5 has an intuitive Easy Mode, enlarging home screen icons and text while simplifying navigation. Made of strong, scratch-resistant metal (though it may not appear so at first), the G5 can stand up to a lot of wear and tear, and its 16MP camera is one of the best in the business, rivalling the Galaxy S7 in many areas.

Bottom-line: The LG G5 is a great phone that offers fast performance and intuitive software for less than the Galaxy S7.

One more thing: If you are a fan of photography, the LG CAM Plus is a camera grip add-on with an additional 1,140mAh of battery power, along with a two-stage shutter button and more.

Best for cheap

Moto G4

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You can't do much better than a $200 phone that performs like a $400 phone. The Moto G4 is one of the best smartphone deals on the market today, with great performance, a big, bright screen, and plenty of software features — like Moto Display — to keep you addicted.

No one makes cheap phones like Motorola, and the company improved every aspect of its Moto G line this year, from the camera to the battery life.

Bottom line: At $199, the Moto G4 is one of the best phone deals around, and it comes unlocked out of the box so you can use it on most carriers around the world.

One more thing: The version linked above is the version without ads, but Amazon sells a special Prime version that, for a $50 discount, puts ads on your lockscreen. If you're willing to deal with those, you can save some money in the process.

Conclusion

The Galaxy S7 is the best choice for seniors because it is the best choice for most people. Compact, affordable, and extremely easy to use, the phone's Easy Mode is a great example of Samsung broadening the appeal of its phones as they grow more popular.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

See at Samsung See at AT&T See at Sprint See at T-Mobile See at Verizon

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a number of features that make it the best phone most people can buy, but it also has something special for people who are new to smartphones entirely, and may need a bit of extra help.

In addition to being strong but light, with drop-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back, the Galaxy S7 has an Easy Mode that lowers the bar for people who are transitioning from an older feature phone, or who needs a bit of extra guidance. Samsung also has a number of intuitive accessibility features that go above and beyond the average Android device.

Bottom line: The Galaxy S7 has all the goods, from a great, sturdy design to an accessible price to tons of features for people who need a little help.

One more thing: Samsung's Easy Mode can be activated from anywhere, but once you get the hang of it, it's also simple to turn off!