Doro PhoneEasy 508 review
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Our reviewer found this product perfect for anyone looking for a very easy-to-use mobile phone

 

Yours Verdict


Product: Doro Phone Easy 508
Price: £29.95 available from Amazon
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

What they say it does:

An easy to use mobile phone, the Doro PhoneEasy 508 is an attractive phone bringing you simplified usage.

What our reviewer said:

"In a world where mobile phones have become ever-more complicated and sometimes baffling, this easy-to-use phone is designed with an older user in mind. The selling point of this phone is that it is basic, it functions as a pay-as-you-go mobile phone (with text messaging for those who want it) plus safety/sos features. It retails for £29.95 which is a great price for those who don’t want to pay for extras they don’t want.

Usability:

The Doro PhoneEasy 508 comes with easy to understand instructions and set-up assistance. The handset is comfortable to hold and the keypad has large buttons which are widely spaced with large, clear numbers.  However, the design of the phone looks neat and not too big, so it doesn’t look too conspicuous. The display is clear and bright, and there’s an option to display the text in a large font. The phone also has the option of an extra loud ring.

The contacts list is easily accessible from the “idle” display screen, and top of the list are ICE (in case of emergency) details, under which the owner can record 2 emergency contact numbers, their GP's number and any important medical conditions. There’s also an option to tag contacts as favourites which puts them to the top of the contacts list. The keypad has two easy-access speed dial number buttons in addition.

SOS button:

I was particularly impressed with the SOS button on the back of the phone. When pressed and held for 3 seconds, this triggers the phone to automatically call a designated emergency contact. The phone switches to handsfree mode so the recipient can communicate with the caller swiftly. The phone cleverly switches to dialing a second emergency contact if no answer from the first number after 25 seconds (and so on, for up to five contacts). The phone will also retry dialing these emergency numbers up to three times. In addition, the phone sends a SOS text message to all designated emergency contacts. In order to set this function up, you need to access the full manual for the phone which is available online. I found this easy to understand, but those not confident with technology may need assistance.

Special features:

Doro PhoneEasy 508 also features a torch as well as SMS text messaging (both directly accessible from the main keypad) 

The phone has a few other features, standard on most phones, (but sufficiently hidden away in the options menu so not to be confusing) which include: a calendar/organiser with reminder alerts, a calculator, an FM radio and wake-up alarm. Not surprisingly given its price, and purpose, this phone does not have a camera.

I would recommend this phone for anyone who wants the basic functions of a mobile phone, easily accessible without any confusing frills. The safety features are a real bonus and have been cleverly thought out."

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