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Best Video Calling Device For Seniors

What Is a Video Calling Device?

The basic definition for a video calling device is that it is a dedicated technology that makes it easier for seniors to make video calls, as opposed to using a smartphone or tablet.  A senior may find it easier to use a dedicated device because of the simplicity of the device’s function. 

One statistic states that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day!  I would imagine the younger Boomers are more and more tech savvy than us older ones.  So they probably already know what I am writing about in this post.  Wherever you are in the technology journey, I hope this article is helpful.

Why A Senior Would Use A Video Calling Device

Being a senior isn’t for the faint of heart.  We are now experiencing failing health, losing our hearing, losing our eyesight, and experiencing loneliness.  

A video calling device can address the loneliness factor and may be just perfect for those with failing eyesight and hearing.  The top reason to use one is to stay in touch with loved ones.  Yes, a phone call can do that also.  But let’s face it, we love to see our loved ones as well.  This is what makes a video calling device desirable.  

Best Video Calling Device For Seniors

Video Calling Devices 

I found only two devices available in the US.  When I first researched this there was Facebook Portal and Amazon Echo Show.  But Facebook Portal discontinued in 2023. Another device I researched is only sold in the UK.  It is called CallGenie.  If you live in the UK, you should check it out.  Update: Amazon Echo Show still exists and now there is Google Nest Hub.

Both these devices have more than just the video calling platform.  Take this into consideration for your senior.  Do they get confused with too many choices when dealing with technology?  Then keep in mind how you set up these products to make it easy on your senior.  

Google Nest Hub

This device is a tablet mounted on a stand with a speaker. To operate it you need a Google account (free) and WiFi. Since it is a smart device, it can control devices you have paired it with. It can display photos, play music and movies. It has a camera as well. Just like the Amazon Echo it is very interactive.

An actual Amazon customer’s review; used by his 83 year old Mom. That’s a pretty good endorsement!

Best Video Calling Device For Seniors

Amazon Echo Show

This is the most recent addition to the family of Alexa devices.  After Alexa came the Echo products, which were referred to as smart speakers.  These come in various sizes and shapes.  The Echo Show adds to the features by providing a screen so it can be used for video calling.

You will need an Amazon account which is free, and a WiFi connection.  Furthermore, you need the Alexa app and a smartphone.  And your friends and family need Alexa or Echo to communicate with you on video, so this is limiting.

It can also control smart appliances, play movies and more.  It is very interactive.  It is currently listed as an Amazon overall pick.

Comparison Chart of Facebook Portal with Amazon Echo Show

📺Google Nest Hub – 2nd GenerationAmazon Echo Show 8
Easy to UseYes, voice activatedYes, voice activated
Easy to SeeYes, if 7″ is big enough for you8″ screen
Video CallingYesYes
SafeEncrypted (concealed data)“Multiple layers of privacy controls”
Amazon Rating3.7 stars4.5 stars

I have provided affiliate links to both products in the blue printing. If you use these links, I receive a small fee for referring you. The price is the cheapest I could find and will not be affected by using the links.

Here’s a brief video comparison, which should be helpful in your decision of which one to purchase.

Other Options?

Although I am reviewing specific Video calling devices, I have written other articles about products that can help seniors.  These technologies were specifically created to assist the elderly, and all of them have the software to be used as a video device.  

However, they have other functions.  If you want more than a video calling device, then one of the following suggestions might be for you.  


This is a tablet that has large buttons, applications specifically made for seniors, and a security system that prevents the senior from accessing dangerous sites.  See my GrandPad Review here.

WOW Computer

An actual computer or laptop version with an easy to see screen, so this can also function as a video calling device.  It also has built in safety software, which is so important in today’s online world.  Here’s the link to my review of WOW Computer.

Best Video Calling Device For Seniors


While Elli-Q has a robot-like head that interacts with the user, It comes with a display and therefore acts as a video calling device.  If you have never heard of Elli-Q it may be because it has just been released in the US.  Check out my article What is Elli-Q?


Was this article helpful? I hope so! Leave a comment or ask a question below to help us all out. I write these articles to help my fellow seniors. We can all help each other. The devices I have recommended a especially senior friendly. Most of us will need help to set them up, but once they are set up, they will impact our lives for the better.

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