Buttons and physical appearance
The first thing we can highlight as expected in a terminal designed for older people, is that the terminal has large keys, with high contrast and relief that allows differentiation.
The screen could be a little larger to allow you to increase the size of the letters. In any case, it should be noted that the manufacturer's priority seems to have been to incorporate a fairly large keyboard in a phone size that is very practical.
Menu and texts
The menu is not extremely complicated but the handling of some functionalities within the submenus can be a bit complex especially for the numerous options.
A very useful option within the configuration allows us to deactivate and eliminate that icon from the menu of functionalities such as the organizer, the multimedia area or the messages. This allows to simplify the phone if we want to do without some accessories.
The SOS button that has already become a function that includes many of the terminals for the elderly in this case offers high reliability with a good surface to press.
It is important to know that if the phone is set to silent profile there will not be an alert tone at the time the SOS button is pressed, but it does send SMS and make a call.
Calls and SMS
The keypad has two M1 and M2 dial keys to memorize frequent numbers that you call if you press. In addition, frequent numbers can also be associated with the number keys on the telephone keypad.
Calls have a high selectable volume, which at maximum corresponds to hands-free functionality.
What we miss a lot is that there is no side button for volume control.
In the absence of specific buttons for volume control at the end, alternatives are sought with the rest of the keyboard, but in a very complicated way since for each functionality the control is implemented in a different way. For example, in music playback the volume is controlled with the * and # buttons on the numeric keypad, during a call it can be controlled with the central up and down buttons ...
SMS functionality does not present complications.
The phone incorporates a camera that serves to take basic photos without a high resolution.
The camera itself can be used as a magnifying glass focusing on the desired object or text.
The manual included in the box has a very small letter and does not summarize all the functionalities.
There is an online version of this manual that can be downloaded at the following link:
FM radio and audio playback
The phone incorporates FM Radio. The radio tunes well, and it sounds good, but once activated it is difficult to turn off and control its volume.
The phone has an audio player in the multimedia menu.
It is important to note that if you are in silent mode it is not possible to listen to the radio or mp3.
Although we have not been able to try them, it is possible to use headphones with micro USB connection. In addition, it is possible to incorporate Bluetooth headphones.
The charging base is a very useful accessory in terminals designed for the elderly as it simplifies the process and allows you to always have a place where you can place the terminal when you are at home.
In this case the base fits quite well, although it is always important to make sure that it is loading using the message that appears on the screen.
The battery has a capacity of 700 mAh that in standby mode consumes very little what does not have to be charged too frequently reaching autonomies of up to 10 days however this autonomy is reduced to about 5 hours to full operation.
The terminal has the possibility of incorporating an SD card. This option is necessary in case you want to use the terminal to take frequent photos, store music on mp3 or use the voice recording function available to you.
The terminal has Bluetooth 3.0 but does not have Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity.
Call coverage has been good during the tests performed.
Flashlight, calendar, alarm and calculator
The phone incorporates an LED flashlight that can be activated from a side switch easily.
The calendar, alarm and calculator functions do not present excessive complications in use.
The contrast and size in keys is good for people with vision difficulties. In a way, the menus incorporate that contrast and size, but do not allow adaptation and configuration.
It does not have a screen reader.
It does not have support for HAC hearing aids.
The Brigmton BTM11 phone has a good quality / price / functionality ratio.
The use is quite simple especially in the physical part referring to the keyboard, although it can be complicated in the internal menus.
The phone includes a variety of interesting features such as the SOS button, FM radio, flashlight, alarm, calculator among others.
- The contrast, size and simplicity of your keyboard
- The SOS Button and memorization of frequent quick-use numbers
- The ability to disable functionalities in the menu to simplify its use
- Missing external volume control button
- No headphone jack output
- Some submenus are not quite simple