Doro PhoneEasy 621 in-depth review - A neat clamshell phone for ease of use, rather than endless features.

Look and feel

 

The Doro PhoneEasy 621 boasts a smart clamshell design that's chunky but still slips inside a pocket.

 

Ease of use

 
As it says in the title this phone is easy to use and given its target audience at the older mobile user it has clear and large keys that makes everything a doddle. The menu is easy to get to grips while the camera and video camera are easy to use.  

 

Features


The 2-megapixel camera is not the greatest, but allowing users send video and pictures via MMS is a bonus.  

 

Performance


Making calls and sending texts and multimedia messages  on the Doro PhoneEasy 621 is fast and super easy, as you’d expect.

 

Battery life


With very few features, the battery life does a great job of holding onto its charge for several days without the need to recharge. 

 Doro PhoneEasy 621 Review - A neat clamshell phone for ease of use, rather than endless features.
3.5

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,9/12/2013 10:40:13 AM

6

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

5

out of 5

Features

9

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Ease of use for all ages; ICE emergency feature

Cons:

Basic camera;

If you’re of the mindset that a phone is needed simply to make calls and send the occasional text message, then the Doro PhoneEasy 621 will hit all the right buttons. Aimed at a more senior audience with its ease of use and friendly interface, it’s a great handset for anyone who is looking for a back-to-basics mobile without all the complications that modern smartphones harbour.

 

Easy Peasy

 

The Doro PhoneEasy 621 boasts a smart clamshell design, rare nowadays in a world of bulging touchscreen smartphones. It’s clearly targeted at the older generation of mobile users: under the clamshell lid you will find a large keypad and navigation buttons that are clear to see and very easy to use, even if you suffer from short sightedness or arthritis.

 

Doro PhoneEasy 621 review

 

Doro has optimised and streamlined the main menu options, to make the user experience as easy as possible. Simple menu options cover contacts, messages, call log, camera, organiser, ICE, FM radio, calculator and games – really basic functions that were the norm 10 years ago but now simply seem very plain. However, if simplicity is your thing then you will love that all of the main functions are easy to find and use, rather than being buried away in complex menus.


The phone has loud notifications and the ringtones can be turned up for those who are hard of hearing, while the Doro PhoneEasy 621 is also compatible with hearing aids. Making calls and sending text message are really easy; those with poor eyesight can even make the display font size much larger.

 

Basic camera

 

A 2-megapizel camera can be accessed via the menu and also the dedicated camera button - one click brings the camera to life and another takes the photo. Pressing the options button will allow you to share the image via MMS or Bluetooth, or set it as your wallpaper or as a contact phonebook picture. Additional features include the ability to record video.

Being a basic 2-megapixel effort, this is a bog-standard camera that certainly doesn’t hold up to other mid-range devices. However, for taking quick snaps of friends and family it’s pretty handy and very easy to use. 

 

We were also pleased to see that the Doro PhoneEasy 621 is 3G compatible too, given that most feature phones are 2G only.

 

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Emergency features

 

The PhoneEasy 621 has a useful ICE (in case of emergency) function built into the menu, which again is aimed at the older generation. Just enter your name, date of birth, height, weight, blood type, and any medication or known allergies, and emergency services will be able to access it if needed. You can also add two emergency contacts.

 

The DoroPhoneEasy 621 comes with a charging dock included, which is a nice touch if you don’t just want your phone hanging out of the nearest power point, or you don’t have the coordination to place the micro USB cable into the charging port.  The only drawback to using the charging dock is that the handset does not feel very secure while in the dock, as it moves around quite a bit while being charged.

 

The verdict

 

The Doro PhoneEasy 621 may be feature-light, but it’s not meant to be an all singing and dancing gadget like the latest smartphones. The Doro PhoneEasy 621 is a very simple phone to use, perfect for those with poor eyesight or hearing or other disabilities, and the emergency features and 3G support are excellent additions.

 

Christian Azolan