Look and feel
The Doro PhoneEasy 715 is designed for convenience rather than cosmetic purposes. It’s a sturdy mobile phone that is chunky yet compact, and we love the retro slider design that keeps the numeric pad concealed.
Ease of Use
The buttons are all large, clearly marked and also light up to make them easy to find in the dark. Meanwhile, the PhoneEasy 715’s simple interface is as stripped-back as you could possibly hope.
You’re limited to calls and texts when it comes to keeping in touch, but there are extras such as a calendar, alarms and even a couple of basic games. The real noteworthy addition is the emergency feature, which sets off an alarm and calls a loved one when activated.
A basic phone requires only basic performance. We saw no glitches or other oddities when playing with the PhoneEasy 715.
The basic feature set means you’ll get days of life from a single charge, unless you’re constantly talking. The bundled charging dock is a big plus.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,10/10/2012 9:50:14 AM
Ease of use
A little pricey
Doro’s PhoneEasy 715 is a retro slider phone designed for ease of use, including some excellent built-in safety features for the elderly or vulnerable. If you’re only after basic use (phone calls, texting and maybe taking the occasional photo), the PhoneEasy 715 is a no-fuss option – although at a shade over £100, it’s a little pricey.
This is the first Doro phone to use a slide design, where the screen can be pushed upwards to reveal a numeric keypad underneath. Although most modern phones have shunned physical keypads for full touchscreens, many people still prefer to have physical buttons that can be clearly seen and pushed. The keypad itself can be used to dial numbers and enter text messages, and contains speed dial options for your most important numbers. You can also quickly access the camera and texting features thanks to handy shortcuts.
With the keypad covered, the PhoneEasy 715 is a chunky but compact little mobile. It’s easy to grip, with a well-marked unlock button on the right edge (the phone can also be unlocked by sliding the phone open). The buttons all light up when the phone is in use so they’re easy to find even in the dark. At 103g it feels reassuringly solid so we’re confident it could survive a few tumbles, and although the plastic screen does push in rather too easy, at least it isn’t glass which could shatter in a fall.
The PhoneEasy 715’s menu holds all of its features, displaying just one tool at a time: you need to scroll through the entire list using the up/down buttons to find the one you want, which is a little tiresome but keeps navigation simple.
First up is your phonebook holds all of your contacts, some of which can be favourite to keep them pinned to the top. Following this you’ve got the messages menu, which allows you to read and send texts and MMS messages (the only way to share your photos with others on this phone). Text is large enough to comfortably read, with the option to make it even larger if your eyesight is limited. As for typing out messages, you have a selection of input methods including predictive text, which makes typing out texts a breeze.
A 2MP built-in camera is made to capture basic shots of your friends and family. The resulting photos look fine when viewed back on the phone’s dinky screen, although the graininess is all too evident when you check them out on a computer. There’s no flash so you’re limited to daylight shots.
Other features include an alarm, a calendar and a basic organiser that can be used to set daily reminders. You also get a bright LED on the top of the PhoneEasy 715 which can be used as a torch, and a built-in FM radio that works when the bundled earphones are connected.
On top of all that, the PhoneEasy also has a handy emergency feature that can be used to call for help. If you’re in distress, simply press the large square button on the back of the phone (there’s an option to push it three times for activation in case you’re worried about setting it off by accident). You can set the emergency tool to either set off a brief, loud alarm, call a pre-set contact, or both. It’s a fundamentally simple feature that nevertheless offers peace of mind.
We’re also pleased to see that the Doro PhoneEasy 715 comes with a charging dock, so you don’t have to fiddle around plugging the phone into your mains with the tiny Micro USB cable. Simply plug the dock in instead, and you can drop your phone straight in to set it charging automatically. You’ll get days of battery life from a single charge unless you’re constantly chatting.
Doro’s PhoneEasy 715 is an easy-to-use slider phone with large light-up buttons, a simple menu system and some commendable emergency features. The price may be a little steep considering the basic features, but if you’re after a simple mobile to keep in touch with loved ones, this is a well-designed option.