From £14 a month or £169.95 SIM-freeKey features:
- 4.5-inch, 940 x 560 screen
- Lots of guidance
- Dedicated Assistance button
- 8-megapixel camera
Unlike any other smartphone in this round-up, the Doro Liberto 820
is built exclusively for technophobes and consumers who have never owned a mobile before. One of its key features is a special Assistance button on the rear, which can serve one of several purposes. It can blare out an alarm if you’re in need of help, ring up to five different numbers in an emergency, or send them text messages.
My Doro Manager is another standout feature, which allows another person to manage your phone and change settings remotely. The 820 is also compatible with hearing aids, and can be used with a charging dock so it resembles a home phone more than a mobile. There’s lots of step-by-step guidance for everyday elements like the camera too.
It’s plastic and quite chunky, but that’s good in this case, because it’s easy to grip. Three physical buttons (settings, home and back) sit beneath the screen, making it nice and easy to jump out of apps. The display itself is a 4.5-inch, 940 x 560 affair, which is a little grainy but colourful and bright.
A quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM keep the 820 ticking over, and you’ll be able to play low-intensity games like Candy Crush Saga without issue. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera and the battery lasts a day, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity will let you connect to other devices.