Just5 calls their Just5 phone an antidote to overly complex cell phones. It is touted as an easy-to-use cell phone with big buttons, amplified sound and a Personal Emergency Response. It also has lots of added features like an FM radio, a speaking keypad, and a flashlight. We wondered how such a fully loaded cell phone could be easy-to-use, so we decided to take a look.

The Just5 comes in a fairly plain white box which is shown in Figure 1.

Just5 Cell Phone ReviewFigure 1: The Just5 in the box

Inside the box are the phone, a proprietary charging cable, and a pair of earbuds with in-line control, as shown in Figure 2. Although a User Manual was supposed to be included, none came with our review unit. We were, however, able to access the User Manual online at the Just5 website. In Figure 2 you will see our Just5 review unit and will notice that we were sent a red Just5 phone. The phone charger was nicely labeled with the Just5 name, but it was bright orange. The earbuds were black. Although this was not a major detriment to the phone, if you like to be color-coordinated, this might be a bit disconcerting.

Just5 Cell Phone ReviewFigure 2: Inside the box

Just5 is a European company that is currently only selling one model of their phones for the U.S. market: the Just5 09 model. This model comes in black, red, gray, orange, and white. These colors are only used for the keypad on the front. The rest of the phone including the trim around the screen and the back and sides are a either black or white. The black and gray phones have black backs and trim, while the red, orange, and white have white backs and trim. All of these have white letters on the keypad except the white which has gray letters. The black phone with white letters provides the most contrast and is the easiest to see. However the red, orange, and white with the white trim are the easiest to find in a pocketbook or on a crowded desk.

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