Look and feel
The Emporia Click’s rubber surface is easy to grip and it’s light to hold.
Ease of Use
The large, clearly marked buttons make them easier to use if you have poor eyesight or arthritis. A charging dock makes powering up easy.
The SOS feature raises the alarm if you’re in distress, and you also get a low-resolution camera, LED torchlight, and some basic apps such as a calendar and calculator.
The Click does its job nicely, with no stuttering or other issues.
We found the Emporia Click charged up in just a couple of hours and was good to go for days with minimal use.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/18/2012 3:18:59 PM
Ease of use
Large, clearly marked light-up buttons;
VGA camera very basic and photo share difficult;
Not as intuitive as hoped
The Emporia Click won’t deliver your email, it can’t access the internet and it sure won’t entertain you with games, music or TV shows. This is an easy-access mobile phone like the Doro PhoneEasy 715, designed to be simple to use even if you suffer from poor eyesight, arthritis or other conditions that hamper your ability to use standard phones.
Emopria’s Click is a flip-phone, meaning the screen is folded down over the numeric keypad when not in use. Simple pull back the screen when you want to use it and the screen flashes into life, giving you access to the built-in menu. To make a call, you can either hit one of the three ‘quick dial’ buttons (which you manually assign your favourite phone numbers to), go to your phone book in the menu, or simply type in the number on the keypad. The Click is compatible with modern hearing aids.
The keypad is perfectly sized with large light-up labels, so even short-sighted users or users with stiff joints should have little problem. Above the three quick dial buttons you have the menu buttons, which are a little confusing at first – for instance, you have to press the right-most button to access the menu, but it’s labelled as the power-off button (you need to hold it down to switch it off).
Once you get used to how it works, it’s all simple enough however. The up and down buttons are used to navigate the menu, and also have dual uses. Hold down the down button and the Emporia Click opens up your phone book, while long-pushing the up button brings up your favourite tool.
You may not get the range of features of a smartphone, but you still get some useful little apps such as an alarm clock, a calculator and a calendar. You also get a basic VGA camera for taking low-resolution snaps, which you can then MMS to people or set as a contact photo or background. Sadly there’s no apparent way to connect the Emporia Click to a computer for uploading your images, so you’re limited to MMS if you want to share. There’s no LED flash, but you do get a mini LED light on top of the phone which you can use as a torch light. You turn it on using a button on the right edge of the phone, above another button which opens up the camera and takes snaps.
The final noteworthy feature is the Emergency button on the back of the Emporia Click, which can be pushed down in case you’re in distress. This then emits an alarm to alert people nearby, as well as sending out an SMS and calling up to five emergency numbers until you get a response. Loudspeaker is automatically activated, so you don’t even need to hold the phone to your head. This kind of SOS feature is standard for these phones, but it’s once again well-implemented here.
The Emporia Click charges up in very little time and will happily last for weeks with little use, or a few hours if you’re constantly nattering. It comes with a dock which plugs into your mains, so all you need to do is slip it into the dock to charge it up – no fiddling with awkward cables. A handy light on the front panel shows you when the mobile is charging up, and also if you’ve missed any phone calls or text messages.
If you’re after a stripped-down mobile phone that packs in emergency SOS feature and large, easy-to-use buttons, the Emporia Click is a worthy device. We found the Doro PhoneEasy 715 a little more intuitive with better menus, but both phones cost roughly the same and boast similar tools.