Review by Sunetra Chakravati,
12/12/2011 3:58:09 PM
The ability to receive MMS picture messages is a welcome addition.
The design of the handset feels as dated as its target audience.
For those of you who haven't been down the local bingo hall recently, you may be unfamiliar with the mobile phone manufacturer, Doro. Doro alongside rivals Emporia specialise in handsets for the "silver generation" with key features such as oversized buttons and hearing aid compatibility. The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm is their latest attempt to woo their older demographic.
The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm is a clamshell. This surprised us a little bearing in mind Doro's handsets are geared towards those who may not be the most nimble fingered. To be fair the axis is pretty fluid when flipping the phone open, but a candybar form factor would have still made things easier. While the phone may be basic in terms of features, Doro, as Emporia has also done with the ELEGANCE, has realised that though their target audience may want a no nonsense back to basics phone, that's not to say they should scrimp on style. While we can't help but feel it looks a little dated, you can choose from a black and white, all white or what our review sample happened to be, burgundy and white. The latter certainly helps the phone stand out, though the white is a tad garish for our taste.
As touched upon the keypad is made from above average sized keys. Even the most unsteady of hand should hit the right buttons without too much difficulty. What did take a bit more getting used to was the lack of a centralised 'OK' button. Just above the numeric keys are the scrolling keys and on more than one occasion when we'd successfully navigated to the correct menu option we instinctively pressed down when in fact you need to press the left hand hard key. Continual use of the phone should iron out this issue.
The display is impressively vibrant. Icons and text are both large and colourful and extremely easy to read. Though there's no camera, the Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm can receive and display any pics it receives via MMS. The images are very small, but the quality is actually not bad and it's still a welcome addition. Any MMS, text messages or missed calls will not only be drawn to your attention by a piercingly loud ringer, but a continual flash on the front of the clamshell will blink at you until you check your inbox or call log.
Flip the phone over and you'll find the key feature to the PhoneEasy 410gsm, the emergency call button. Pre-program up to ten numbers and each time you press this button, a loud siren will first begin sounding, followed by a pre-arranged text message and then a phone call to one or all of your preset numbers. Hopefully of course you'll never have to use this function. Just look at it as a mobile phone equivalent to a comfort blanket. It is worth noting however, that the emergency alarm function switches off once a call has been answered, even if that is by an answering machine.
The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm does come with a handsfree kit that was perfectly satisfactory both in terms of comfort and call quality. However, the handset is actually Bluetooth compatible (profile 1.2), so if you're a pensioner with a Bluetooth headset you may want to pair up and take your calls in that fashion.
While we like our phones with all the trimmings, we've always recognised that some people like to go back to basics with their mobile phones. The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm certainly falls into this category. However, even those that want a no frills handset may give this a miss due to its dated style and association with its target audience. The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm is a handset for a very niche market and with the more handsome Emporia ELEGANCE also recently going on sale, it will be interesting to see which appeals most to the "silver generation".