Forget the dad-phone, this is the perfect phone for grandma [VIDEO]


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Most of the things we see at CES are all about being on the cutting edge of technology. It’s a race to be the first, biggest, and best. But not everyone is so concerned about the bleeding edge. Enter the Kodak IM5.

This phone is not the biggest, fastest, thinnest, lightest, or shiniest. This phone is about more than just specs. It’s about making an easy experience for people who aren’t so tech savvy. Right off the bat you’ll notice a very simple launcher with big shortcuts and big icons in the app drawer. It also has helpful tools, such as a magnifying glass app. The coolest feature, though, does require someone who is tech savvy.

A feature called “Remote Assist” allows the user of the IM5 to ask for help from trusted contacts. When Remote Assist is enabled it allows other people to remotely access the device and do the thing that the owner could not. For example, you could remotely enable WiFI or help find an app. Anyone who has been asked to do tech support for a family member knows how cool this is.

The Kodak IM5 will be available in Q1 of this year for $249 off-contract. It could be the perfect phone for the not-so-tech-savvy person in your life. What do you think?

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. What I don’t get is how a Kodak made or even branded phone couldn’t come out swinging with some exceptional camera tech. The camera ui is horridly basic.

    1. Well at $249 i understand.

    2. Kodak is like Polaroid now. They license their name out to other manufacturers. This phone is actually made by a company called “Bullitt.” But you’d never care about a phone made by them, so they buy a name people know.

      1. Your defintely right.

  2. Modern day jitterbug phone?

  3. Remote Assist- great in theory, but annoying when granny needs help “putting pictures on Facebook” for the 10th time a month.

    Damn that sounded cynical but eh.

    1. Yeah, but you’re 100% correct.

    2. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

  4. I thought Iphones were for dads and grandmothers.

  5. Pretty brilliant idea, I may pick one up for my grandma.

  6. Can this be used on Verizon? My grandpa was trying to find a smartphone that was close to a dumbphone or one easy to use. And if I can remote access this it would be perfect for him.

    He wouldn’t even bother but our season tickets are going digital next year and require a smart phone

    1. I agree. If this can be used on Verizon i’m buying it for my mother-in-law. This is perfect. However I bet it’s GSM only.

    2. I highly doubt it. Verizon basically white lists IMEIs. So unless they sell it don’t expect it on their network.

  7. Honestly this might sell. My grandma still brings Kodak disposables to family events and all you can hear is her cranking that wheel so she can take the next picture. Old women know, live and trust Kodak.

  8. This actually sounds like something I would get for my mother.

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