Emporia hardly rings a bell, in smartphone terms that is, but it isn't a new manufacturer. The company's been focusing on easy to use, basic phones but at the MWC 2014, Emporia introduced its first ever smartphone with a capacitive touchscreen.
You'd think that by 2014, the company should've had at least a bunch of touch-enabled smartphones. It isn't high-end specs though and cutting edge technology they're driven by. Emporia's products are designed for the not so tech-savvy and elderly users.
The company's first smartphone is called emporiaSMART and features a 4.5" display. It works with a stylus, which sits on the right side of the phone. The company decided to use one after extensive research concluding that elderly people sometimes have problems with dry skin resulting in lack of sensitivity in the fingers.
The phone's user interface has been designed with the seniors in mind as well. The emporiaSMART runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and ease of use was clearly the main objective. Emporia has even developed a web interface that allows remote access of the emporiaSMART phone.
From the remote control panel you can add/edit contacts, locate the phone, set alarms and edit settings. Setting up a phone for a relative has never been simpler.
The company also announced a pair of radiowatches - one for men and one for the ladies. Radiowatch may sound weird at first, but its concept is simple - it sends a radio signal to the phone, in order to trigger emergency mode. To activate it, the owner has to tap and hold two opposite-facing buttons on the watch.