The best Doro phones with simplicity in mind

Are you looking for an easy-to-use mobile phone? We've done the research and rounded up the best Doro phones on the market.

Doro Phones

by Lorna White |

If you've been looking for an easy-to-use, basic mobile phone, you've probably already come across the brand Doro. Their mobile devices are designed with simplicity in mind, making them great for those who don't need a phone with tonnes of different apps and features such as cameras or touch screens.

They are particularly good phones for those who struggle with their hearing, sight or dexterity issues thanks to the large buttons, louder volume and clear screen and they are mainly used to make calls and send texts.

All Doro phones also come with an SOS button to allow the user to contact their emergency contacts at the push of one button, making it ideal for more vulnerable people.

Doro has also released a range of phones that are more like a smartphone, offering users the best of both worlds with an easy-to-use smartphone alternative.

Our pick of the best Doro mobile phones

Best easy-grip phone: Doro 2404

Best for hearing difficulties: Doro 6620

Best Doro flip-phone: Doro 6060

Best smartphone option: Doro 8080

Best for simplicity: Doro 780X

Best basic mobile option: Doro 6520

The best Doro mobile phones in detail

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Doro 2404

Best easy-grip phone
Doro 2404
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With a large screen display and big buttons, this Doro flip phone comes in a sleek, black design. It also features a camera with flash, Bluetooth and an assistance button making it perfect for those who don't need a fancy smartphone. With a soft-touch coating, it's easy to grip and its folding clamshell design means you won't be making any accidental calls from your pocket!

Review: "Not everyone out there needs or wants a smartphone costing hundreds of pounds. The Doro 2404 is perfect for anyone young or old. It has a camera as well as a torch and FM Radio. The screen is bright and the text easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone."

Doro 6620

Best for hearing difficulties
Doro 6620
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This sim-free Doro is great for those with hearing difficulties as the audio on the phone can be adjusted to work for those wearing hearing aids meaning you'll experience clear, HD sound on calls. It has a wide, easy-to-read screen and has GPS built-in which, working with the Assistance Button, means you can be located in the case of an emergency.

Review: "Very simple to set up and use. An excellent basic phone. I opted to use a 1p Mobile SIM card and that was equally easy to set up. If you don't want a smartphone then this is ideal. Very easy to navigate the menu and make choices and selections. Perfect for my needs."

Doro 6060

Best Doro flip-phone
Doro 6060
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Coming with all the standard features of a Doro this phone also has both an internal and external display, the time as well as any notifications will show on the small screen so that you don't have to flip open your phone every time. Hearing aid compatible, this Doro comes with a camera to capture special moments, Bluetooth and a handy torch.

Review: "An excellent phone, a present for my mother who is severely disabled with rheumatoid arthritis. She has found it easy to use, this is a newer model to what she had previously. All in all it does what is says on the box."

Doro 8080

Best smartphone option
Doro 8080
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This smartphone version of the Doro comes with Google Assistant built-in with Maps, Gmail, YouTube etc., a torch, high-speed WiFi and a touchscreen. The audio boost function allows you to increase in-call volume by 20 per cent and gives you the option to download other apps too. We think this would be a great option if you're used to using an Android device but looking for something highly intuitive but a little more simple.

Review: "I am recommending this to all my friends. Not a cheap phone, but worth every penny to me. Very intuitive, responsive, great battery life and excellent features in terms of sound, font size and brightness. I use it on Bluetooth to stream music for a dance group and have confidence in it. I liked my old Doro and this is even better. It's not 'an old persons phone' but a good phone for internet browsing, banking, music etc. Now my constant companion."

Doro 780X

Best phone for simplicity
Doro 780X
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This newer model from Doro is designed to be as simple as possible for an elderly relative. It has a loud, clear sound, is hearing aid compatible and has a simplified three-button keypad to instantly call three contacts you rely on. While you can't send messages, you can receive them and the Response by Doro service means that 'responders' can be alerted to your needs, location and safety. Get help at your fingertips or contact a loved one with the simple press of a button. This phone would be a great option if you're worried about your own wellbeing or that of an elderly family member, especially if they live alone.

Review: "I bought this for a family member who lives by herself and is developing dementia. She needed something for when the landline phone goes down, where you can make phone calls by pushing one button, or two at the most. This phone is expensive, but it's the only one that fitted the bill. Press two buttons to call, one button to signal an emergency - that's it. Now it's there in her house, she keeps it in the charging cradle, and I can log on to the My Doro website and check remotely where the phone is and whether it's charged."

Our review of the Doro 6520 phone

We put the specially designed, easy-to-use Doro phone through its paces...

Product: Amazon | Price: RRP £69 | 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 unnecessary – 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.

Looks

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 of (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).

Usability

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 smartphones. 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 want.

And if you're hard of hearing, the Hearing Aid Compatibility will be a great help as well as the superb sound quality.

Micro SIM

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.

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Get added security and independence with Doro

As well as being easier to use, Doro mobile phones and care provisions will give you the independence and dignity that is important to you. Their features, sensors and SOS services will mean you can still enjoy living in your own home and getting out and about, feeling safe wherever you go without losing a sense of security.

Doro recently took Eldercare under their wing, our care partners who have for more than 30 years helped tens of thousands of people across the UK with personal alarms, advice and care. Together with Doro, their mission is to help you and your loved ones live independently in your own homes with seriously smart tech that thinks like you.

If you or a loved one is prone to falls or vulnerable in their own home, introducing the care technology from Doro and Eldercare will keep them safe in confidence.

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