Doro 345gsm in-depth review -

Look and feel

The Doro 345gsm looks almost identical to the 338gsm model, but it comes in a more subtle black with green trim as well as the garish white option.

Ease of use

As with the 338gsm, this model is also aimed at those who simply want a phone that makes calls. It has a radio and a larger phonebook, but is still one of the most straightforward handsets on the market today.

Features

As mentioned, the 345gsm offers a radio and a 300-entry phonebook as well as Bluetooth and an alarm/panic button that sends a preset message to five specified contacts when pressed. It also automatically calls those five contacts in turn, until someone answers.

Performance

The Doro 345gsm has slightly more to offer than the more basic 338gsm, and it delivers a good performance. However, Bluetooth is only useful if you want to pair handsets as there is no option to save data.

Battery life

Battery life was good; a docking station is also supplied that keeps the phone charged when plugged in.

The verdict

The Doro 345gsm is ideal for those looking for a phone with minimum extras. The larger 300-entry phonebook is likely to be a bonus for those with lots of contacts, and the FM radio is a nice, simple add-on. The panic button is also useful for those who may need to contact people quickly and easily when mobility is limited.

 Doro 345gsm Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:55:34 PM

4

out of 10

Performance

4

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

4

out of 5

Features

4

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Cons:

Available either in the same startling white as the 338gsm or a far more subtle black with green trim, the Doro PhoneEasy 345gsm is the manufacturer’s flagship model.


It is around the same size and weight as the 338gsm and boasts a bigger colour screen. Again, the buttons on the keypad are large and roomy, but we also felt they were far more cushioned and needed less pressure to push them.


Whereas the 338gsm had the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ buttons for speed dialling, above the 345gsm’s keypad there are simply two hard keys. However, the 345gsm does have speed dial options, with the ability to store nine preset numbers. Once programmed in via the settings menu, simply press the relevant key (2-9 or 0). You’ll have to remember which number represents which pal though, which could prove problematic.


There are more strings to the 345gsm’s bow than its speed dialling credentials. For one thing, there’s a built-in FM radio. As is standard, the accompanying handsfree kit needs to be plugged in to gauge reception. However, we’d also recommend using the manual option to tune the device, as when we used the auto scan we were unable to find established stations such as Radio 1. There is also on-board Bluetooth, but as the handset is unable to support MP3 tracks or photos, the only real benefit of this inclusion is the ability to pair the phone with a headset.


The 345gsm can store up to 300 contacts so it is certainly the handset for the more popular user. There’s also a fairly powerful torch found at the top of the device, a calculator and two games including the mobile classic Snake. Any of these features can be turned off or ‘blocked’, thus making a basic handset even more so.


As with the 338gsm, all the emergency features are here, with one press of the alarm/panic button sending a preset text to five emergency numbers as well as methodically calling them. However, if you’re an OAP with a penchant for the radio and gaming, then this device gives you that little bit more.


It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but the Doro PhoneEasy 345gsm offers a viable alternative to the all seeing, all doing smartphone segment.