Published on October 26th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning

2021’s Top Smartphones for Seniors 

OPPO Australia Rounds Up the Best Handsets for Seniors Following Get Online Week

Last week Australia saw Get Online Week, a digital inclusion campaign organised by Good Things Foundation. Get Online Week sees thousands of local events take place each year hosted by community organisations, giving everyone the chance to find the support they need to improve their digital skills and get motivated to learn more.

To help bridge the digital divide, OPPO Australia was proud to partner with BasicTech to host a tech training session for Gold Coast based seniors. OPPO donated handsets which were used as both raffle prizes and also demonstration devices, showing attendees how to make video calls, use Google Assistant, Google Lens and navigate the online world in a fun and safe environment. OPPO also provided staffing support and hosted breakout sessions for 45 attendees at last week’s event held at Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast.

The 2021 Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) has revealed those over the age of 75 as being the most at risk of being digitally excluded.  The 75+ subgroup scored the lowest in the 2021 ADII with an average ADII score of 47.7, which is 23.6 points below the national average. Those aged 65 – 74 scored marginally higher at 57.3.

Although when comparing year over year, the index reveals that the digital inclusion of senior Australians is improving. Between 2020 and 2021, the total Index scores of 65-74-year-olds increased by 3.9 points, and 75+ year-olds increased by 6.1 points.

“OPPO was thrilled to be involved in Get Online Week and be actively participating in helping to bridge the digital divide. This is particularly important for our seniors in the community who may not have the digital skills to stay connected in a pandemic world of video calls and QR codes,” said OPPO Australia Managing Director, Michael Tran.

“At OPPO we have a large focus on making innovative technology accessible to all and as a result we have a wide range of devices on the market that are suited to a variety of different wants and needs.

“Our A Series devices in particular are a popular choice for Australian seniors. All our smartphones not only come with the charger in the box but also a protective case and a screen protector already on the screen. This commitment to addressing the needs of many is why we believe OPPO was awarded the Canstar Blue Award for ‘Most Satisfied Smartphones Customers’ three years in a row and also named WhistleOut’s Phone Manufacturer of the Year this year for the third year running,” added Tran.

OPPO’s Top Smartphones for Seniors in 2021


The OPPO A16s is OPPO’s latest entry level handset which is perfect for those after a “no-fuss”, easy-to-use device that packs a punch when it comes to performance.

The A16s features a large 6.52” Eye Care Display that is designed to be easy on the eyes, no matter the time of day. With adapting brightness that goes as low as 2nits, users can easily view content in both dim lighting or outside in the sun.

The A16s makes access easy with both face unlock and a side fingerprint scanner, meaning gaining access to your device, even with a face mask on, is as simple as a touch.

The A16s comes with a large 5000mAh battery as well as several optimisation features, so users can stress less about low battery anxiety.

RRP $249

Colours: Crystal Black and Pearl Blue

Retailers: Available now at Optus & Vodafone. From 4 November at leading retailers including: JB Hi-Fi,  Officeworks, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman.


The OPPO A54 5G is the go-to device for seniors who are looking for a future-proof device.

Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™480 5G platform, users can enjoy a smooth operating smartphone with minimal lag and be connected to the 5G network. With more phones in the 5G era supporting dual-mode 5G, the A54 5G supports both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) networks, meaning your device will be compatible with 5G even as the network matures within Australia.

Perfect for those who love to capture life’s moments on the go, the A54 5G features an impressive Quad camera set-up including a 48MP main camera and of course, a 16MP front-facing camera for those selfie moments and video calls.

RRP $399

Colours: Fantastic Purple & Fluid Black

Retailers: Harvey Norman (Fluid Black), Optus (Fluid Black), JB Hi-Fi, Woolworths Mobile, Officeworks, and The Good Guys


The OPPO A74 5G offers the same premium features as the A54 5G – 48MP Quad camera, 90.5% screen ratio on the 6.49-inch display, large 5000mAh battery and 5G support. Where the A74 5G trumps the A54 5G is internal storage capacity.

The OPPO A74 5G levels up to include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. This makes the smartphone ideal for users who love to capture videos and imagery, giving them increased storage for all of those precious moments captured on camera.

Taking things one step further, the A74 5G offers 18W fast charge for its 5000mAh battery, so users can spend less time charging and more time on the go.

RRP $449

Colours: Space Silver & Fluid Black

Retailers: JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks

About the Author


Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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