Designed with the visually impaired and elderly people in mind, Bluechip BC5i is known also as the big button cell phone and it’s clear why. The handset features a mono display of small size to accomodate the 15 large buttons with white characters, which makes it impossible to misstype a phone number or a message, especially since the screen features backlight. There are the 10 numbers that you need for dialling, the star key, the number sign, the answer and close call buttons and two arrow buttons for easy navigation through the menus. On the back you can find the key element of the cell phone – the SOS button – which you can use to call a specific number when there is an emergency, such as when you start feeling dizy or you feel a pain somewhere inside your body. Once the orange SOS button is pressed, your doctor, the hospital emergency room or your closest friend is reached and you can call for help.
With this lightweight handset you can do all the basic things supported by most cell phones, such as make/answer phone calls, send/receive SMS messages, listen to the FM radio, make light in dark areas with the built-in flashlight, hold a call while answering a second one, talk handsfree using the loudspeaker, make conference calls, send/receive voice mails, make calculations, listen to the time and incoming call numbers by activating the two useful features, receive birthday reminders, set the alarm, and call an emergency number.
▪ Dual-band support: GSM 850MHz/DCS 1900MHz
▪ Talk time: 2.5 hours
▪ Stanby: 250 hours
▪ Battery capacity: 750 mAh Li-Ion
What I like:
▪ It’s lightweight and can be used with one hand
▪ The interface is very easy to use. The call button gives you access to calls details such as incoming/outgoing/missed calls and call duration. The up arrow accesses the larger menu with SMS, Settings, PhoneBook and Call History, while the down arrow displays the phonebook entries. The end call button can be used to delete numbers and characters or to return to the previous/main menu.
▪ You can lock/unlock the phone at the slide of a button so you make sure you won’t press wrong buttons accidentally.
▪ The silent mode is useful when you need to take a nap and don’t want to be disturbed, with the possibility to check back later on the missed calls.
▪ When you’re on the go, you can listen to your favorite radio stations using the FM radio function and some earphones.
▪ Like the FM radio and Lock functions, the flashlight activates as you slide a button on the side of the phone. This capability helps when you can’t find your keys inside your bag, or to something else in a dark room.
▪ The SOS button might help save your life in a dangerous situation, when you’re not able to place a regular phone call, plus you can assign any phone number to it.
Overall it’s a great phone that besides helping visually impaired to contact other people, can be used as a secondary phone by anyone.