Software, connectivity and camera
The Emporia Click’s user interface is so basic it would have seemed rudimentary a decade ago. Compared to modern standards, it’s positively archaic, but then that’s the intention. The phone has been designed with elderly users in mind and as a result is as simple to operate as possible. All of the key options are rarely more than two button presses away, and it’s only when you get into the settings menu that things become anything close to complicated.
The biggest technological advancement made by the Emporia Click over its predecessors is the inclusion of a camera, which in turns means the addition of MMS messaging. Before you get too excited, it’s worth pointing out that the camera is limited to capturing 640x480-pixel snaps, and the quality is predictably poor. Presumably Emporia feels that older mobile users are now ready for picture messaging, ten years after everyone else got totally bored of it.
Bluetooth is another new trick, and can be used to connect the phone to various compatible accessories.
The Emergency button on the back of the device is something that featured on the Emporia RL1 as well, and allows you to quickly dial a designated number in the event of a mishap. You can also assign numbers to three hot keys on the keypad, allowing you to quickly call up your most regular contacts.
One of the positives of having such humble hardware is prolonged battery life. With no 3G, Wi-Fi and email sync to sip your juice every hour of the day, the Emporia Click is capable of outlasting almost any smart phone you could care to mention.
The only annoyance is that when you do eventually need to top up that 1000 mAh battery you have to use the proprietary charger, as the Emporia Click sadly doesn’t use the industry-standard micro-USB charging port.
The Emporia Click’s specifications look almost laughable when compared to most modern phones, but to complain about that is almost missing the point. This is a mobile which has been created with supreme usability in mind, and is aimed at consumers who just want to talk, text and possibly send a picture message when they’re feeling particularly adventurous.
That all makes sense, but it’s somewhat harder to stomach the phone’s lofty retail price. It's currently available for around £90 - around the same price as phones like the Android-based Vodafone Smart 2, which offers much better specs, but without the OAP-friendly design features.
It really boils down to who is going to be using this phone. If you’re buying it for your short-sighted and stone-deaf grandparent so they can keep in touch over long distances, then it will suit its purpose perfectly. The additional security features -- such as the ability to dial emergency services just by pressing the button on the back of the device -- could also offer peace of mind for frail relatives.
It’s great that companies such as Emporia are thinking about some of the mobile sector’s marginalised consumers, but for most users the Emporia Click is simply going to offer too little for too much cash.