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Doro PhoneEasy 520X review

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Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X
  • Doro PhoneEasy 520X

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Easy to use menu system
  • Large keypad buttons
  • Emergency assist and ICE feature
  • Loud audio

Cons

  • Lacks any internet features
  • Poor camera

Key Features

  • Louder than normal earpiece
  • Emergency assist button
  • Charging cradle
  • Bluetooth support
  • Manufacturer: Doro
  • Review Price: £104.00

What is the Doro PhoneEasy 520X?

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X is primarily aimed at older people who may struggle to get to grips with today's feature packed smartphones. It's a simple phone with easy to read menus and large buttons, but it has a few extra interesting features. You can currently buy it online for a little bit over £100 SIM Free.

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Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Design

The 530X looks not too dissimilar to some of Nokia's basic handsets. It has a traditional candy bar design with the screen at the top and keypad sitting beneath. However, the buttons on the keypad are a good deal larger than usual and slightly raised to make them easier to press. The keypad also has dedicated keys for the camera, SMS feature. Interestingl, this model has a torch function built-in, so there's a dedicated torch button on the right hand edge of the phone.

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In the past Doro's phones have often felt a bit plasticky and look old fashioned, but the light brown metallic effect used on the top and rear of this handset, as well as the rounded edges, give the 520X a more contemporary feel. Doro has also toughened this phone up compared to its other models, so it's dust, shock and splash proof. There's also a chunky, rotating lock switch on the back to seal in the battery once it's in place, so it doesn’t pop out if the phone is dropped.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Screen

The screen on the Doro PhoneEasy 520X can't compete with the large high-resolution displays on today's smartphones, but then we wouldn't really expect it to. It's fairly small, measuring 2-inches across the diagonal, but it's large enough for making calls and sending messages. It's also very bright and easy to read.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Interface and Usability

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X has a very basic user interface. The menu is a series of pages that you scroll up and down through using the arrow buttons directly beneath the display. Each page shows a single icon for stuff like the phone book, settings and messaging menus, so it's easy to pick up and use even if you're not a very technically minded user.

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John Gass

April 19, 2013, 11:57 am

I'd really like to see these phones tested by a group of likely users. After all, they are aimed at older people who want bigger keys, bright and clear displays and, above all, simplicity. My mother is considering replacing her old 'simple' phone but your reviews, useful as they are, don't give me much of an idea which one to suggest to her. She doesn't know what an app is, would never use internet on the phone, nor indeed, an fm tuner or a camera. But a torch might well be of use! Also, a round-up of PAYG offers for people who are probably only going to use the phone for emergencies would be helpful - my mother gets really annoyed that any credit she has runs out after six months unless she remembers to phone someone (usually her local supermarket!) just to keep the phone active.

pimlicosound

April 19, 2013, 1:45 pm

Still too complicated for real technophobes. I've said it before and I'll say it again: screens and menus of any kind, no matter how simple, make these phones too disorientating for older people like my mother who want something that looks and works just like her landline phone: you type in a number, it calls that number, and that's it.

Calle

May 18, 2013, 1:38 pm

It`s New ,so Just wait a week, take it slow and soft

Paul O'Toole

July 3, 2014, 11:42 pm

Just purchased this today, love it. I have been shooting photography with a DSLR for a while, no need to use the camera. Main use is prepaid; big number pad strictly for making calls only.

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