We spend most of our time at Clove reviewing all the latest technology on Smartphones and comparing top end screens, cameras and features, so in a break from this we are pleased to review the Doro 612.
Doro, who design their phones in Sweden specialise in easy to use phones and are widely regarded as the market leader in this field. Their range is actually quite extensive from the classic PhoneEasy 508 to the android based Doro 810.
LIFE SAVING FEATURES – LITERALLY!
This is a large market for people that want simple easy to use phones with clear displays and good battery life. Many also include special features such as emergency alerting which is popular in this sector.
So to do this review we moved away from our traditional method of giving it to one of our techies to list its features and instead gave it to 2 family members, both over 80, and neither of whom currently use a mobile phone, to see how they got on with them. We will split the review into their first impressions and then look to re-visit in a couple of weeks to see how they have got on.
GREAT LOOKING DESIGN AND AMAZINGLY SIMPLE TO USE
As we began to explain the phones, it became clear the Doro 612 is perfect for this type of user. The first is an inclusion of a cradle to charge and a simple but effective triangle on the charge cable to make connection simple to ensure the micro USB is inserted the correct way.
Once done the benefit of the cradle is that they can simply store the phone it, which makes it easy for them to locate as they go out and ensures it is always fully charged.
The next stand out feature is the clam shell design, which makes it very easy for a call to be taken when the phone rings. You can select it to either answer as you open the phone, which we did, or if you prefer you can open, view who is calling and then press the green accept the call button. We think the answering on opening is better and simpler especially given they will only get few calls from people they know.
HARD OF HEARING OR EYESIGHT LIMITED?
The keys and display are clear to read and use and the text size on screen can be increased if needed. Also the volume can be made exceptionally high. The main buttons are logical (Call & End Call). The menu and access to it is very straightforward, but it was clear than when these are explained to our 80 year old testers, they do need some further explanation. I think this is based more of a fear of technology and once they had been shown 2-3 times, they too realised how easy it is.
For the initial set up, we entered their main numbers into the phone and will see in a few weeks if they feel comfortable to enter other phone numbers themselves.
The Doro 612 , like many new phones, has the ICE+ feature which stores basic information about the owner, such a name, age, blood type, allergies and other important information. We think this is especially useful in this type on phone and would allow help to be given quicker if needed.
EMERGENCY PANIC FEATURE EXPLAINED
The other main feature on the phone is the assist button on the rear of the phone and this has been well thought out to offer a really useful service in the event of an emergency. The premise of this button is to make an emergency call to a particular person to inform them that the person is in some kind of difficulty or distress. Doro however has carefully considered how this can be best used. The button can be programmed with up to five different numbers to call in sequence as well as sending a text message to all with a user defined message to alert them.
The text is sent to all on the list first and then it will call the numbers is sequence, if the first number for example does not answer, it will then dial the second person, until it gets through to someone. The button cannot be accidently pressed as it requires holding down for 2-3 seconds and then it will give a load audible alert to say it is about to be operated, you then press again and the calls are made. As the call is connected it will turn the Doro into a speaker phone, so you are still able to talk even if you cannot open the phone, perhaps because you have fallen down. This feature is a real reassurance for both the phone user and their family.
The Doro 612 does have other features such as SMS, MMS, basic camera and other option, but I think it unlikely that our 2 eighty year reviewers will use this features. The inclusion of a FM radio however was more popular.
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First impression has therefore been very positive and it is clear Doro have used their experience to create a perfect phone for this market. We will see what progress our 2 new testers make over the next few weeks! In the meantime take a look at what Doro handsets we have to offer including the Doro Liberto 810 flip case and car charger offer, you’ll find them here but if you’d rather, give us a call on 01202 552936.