Gadget of the Day – Emporia Life mobile phone

It’s a sad fact that we live in an ageist society. And while the young team may love the buzz of spending hours synching address books and hunti

It’s a sad fact that we live in an ageist society. And while the young team may love the buzz of spending hours synching address books and hunting out Wi-Fi hotspots, many OAPs feel that life is too short – literally – to spend messing around with the finer points of new technology they’ll never use.Step forward the Emporia Life mobile, an Aussie-manufactured handset “designed with the older generation in mind”. Bells, whistles and frills are all eschewed in favour of a back-to-basics caller, complete with a large, orange-lit display, bigger buttons, a louder ring volume and a super-powerful vibration function.Despite all this, it’s still a pretty stylish number – well, it certainly won’t cause taunts down the bowling club if pulled out of a Big Shopper. Best of all, if your older loved one does get into a spot of bother, there’s a dedicated panic button on the back of the Emporia Life, which can be programmed to call up to five designated numbers, or to send a pre-written text to another mobile. It’s not cheap, but 170 notes is a small price to pay to know that gran’s not getting eaten by her cats.Essentials Emporia Life Price: £170 On sale: Now Contact: Communic8 Related stories: O2 Jet hits shops to save technophobes Vodafone launches Simple solution