We put the specially designed, easy-to-use Doro phone through its paces
Price: RRP £79.99
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
What they say it does...
This is an easy-to-use mobile phone with great attention to design and key mobile functions. A 3G flip phone with some additional online features including email, Facebook, Twitter and a web browser, the device has an extra large and clear 2.8” screen – with the added benefit of loud and clear sound and Hearing Aid compatibility.
What our reviewer says...
Modern phones have become so clever and high-tech these days, it can be bamboozling to know where to even begin with them.
If, like many of us, you simply want to be able to call friends and family, send the odd text and maybe keep an eye on stuff on the Internet, all the extra gadgets and apps modern phones have are simply uneccessary – and not to mention confusing.
That's where Doro phones come in. They're known as one of the leading companies for providing easy-to-use mobiles for us folk who want to keep things simple.
As far as the look and feel of the Doro 6520 – one of the most basic models they offer – goes, it's great to look at and handle. Unlike some phones, the clamshell like style is nice and easy to grab hold off (and won't slip through your hands) while the look is clean, simple and minimalistic - not overloaded with excess buttons you've no idea what they're for.
It'll also slip in your handbag a treat (yet with no danger of getting lost among your other bits and bobs).
The screen colours are also much clearer than many other phones meaning glare or light won't make it difficult to see exactly what you're looking at.
The only disadvantage, of course, with a flip phone like this is that you have to type on a standard keypad as opposed to the easier-to-use qwerty keyboards (like you have on a computer) that you get with touch screen smart phones. This means texting isn't always going to be a quick job and it may be simpler to ring, but if you prefer that anyway, then this shouldn't bother you.
The phone's features are simply organised, easy to access and cover all the basics you should really want.
And if you're hard of hearing, the Hearing Aid Compatibility will be a great help as well as the super sound quality.
The main caveat to point out about this phone is that it requires a micro SIM (something you may miss if you don't read the info on the box closely) so ask at your mobile store for a special SIM - the normal sized ones won't work, meaning you may not be able to transfer the one you have in your old phone.
But aside from that, a great all-rounder phone for those who don't want anything too fussy from their phone.
- The Doro 6520 is available in graphite and white for from Amazon
- To find out more about Doro phones visit
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