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Doro PhoneEasy 612 review

Niall Magennis

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Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612
  • Doro PhoneEasy 612

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Big keypad
  • Bright screen
  • Loud and clear earpiece
  • Easy menu system
  • Emergency Assistance button

Cons

  • No internet or social media features
  • Volume buttons may be a tad small for some
  • Poor camera

Key Features

  • Large display with adjustable text
  • Bluetooth support
  • Extra loud audio
  • Charging cradle
  • Manufacturer: Doro
  • Review Price: £69.99

Doro's phones are aimed at oldies, but not the type of oldies that are happy to use the latest iPhone or Android smartphones. Instead they're targeted at people who struggle to use those types of phones either because they find them too complicated or they have limited dexterity in their fingers, suffer from poor eyesight or are hard of hearing. As such, the Doro PhoneEasy 612 is designed from the ground up to be as easy as possible to get the hang of.

There are plenty of other phones on the market aimed at seniors, including the incredibly simple Cycell EasyPhone, and handsets from Emporia. However, Doro's models arguable offer a better balance between features and ease of use.

The PhoneEasy 612 sits towards the middle of Doro's line-up of phones as it includes a camera -- something missing form the entry levels phones -- and also comes with an easy-to-use charging dock. Nevertheless, it's still very affordable, as it's available for free on contract or for around £70 on pay-as-you-go.

Doro has opted for a clamshell design on the PhoneEasy 612 in part because it means that users don’t have to lock the keypad before they put the phone in their bag or pocket. Once the clamshell is shut the keypad is protected so numbers can be accidentally dialled.

This model is made entirely from plastic, so doesn't exactly look classy. However, Doro has added a roughened texture to the top of the outer part of the phone and used a rubberized finish on the battery cover. Both help to make it pretty grippy to hold, which is important for its target audience. It's fairly large too, measuring 100mm tall when closed and 190mm tall when open, but we don't think this is a negative as it means there's plenty of room for a large keyboard and screen.

In fact, the buttons on the keypad are much larger than those on a normal phone and also have a more grippy finish to make them easier to press. Above the standard number keys Doro has added three shortcut buttons marked A, B and C, which can be assigned numbers for speed dialing friends, family or medical services.

Next to these there is a dedicated button to take you to the SMS screen and above this you'll find double height buttons for the call answer and call end buttons as well as big up and down buttons to move you through the 612's simple menus. These are used in conjunction with two software buttons that are mapped to the various functions that appear on the screen when you're in the phone's main menu.

Our only real complaint in terms of design and layout is that given the size of the keypad buttons, the two shoulder mounted volume keys are rather small and tightly packed together, so they may not be as easy to use as they should be for those with dexterity problems. However, we do really like the assistance button on the rear of the phone that can be used to automatically dial a list of numbers when the button is held down in an emergency, but we'll look at this in more detail later.

This model has a microUSB port that's used for charging the phone and transferring pictures to a PC. It also comes with a chunky, desktop charging dock that's very easy to slide the phone into, especially as it is designed so as to make it impossible to insert the phone into it the wrong way round.

Underneath the microUSB port there's a miniature headphone jack for use with the supplied headphone/headset. Unfortunately, this headphone jack is non-standard so you can't use the phone with a normal set of headphones unless you get an adapter. Nevertheless, Bluetooth is supported for use with wireless headsets or hearing aids. In the box you'll also find a lanyard so that the phone can be worn around the neck. However, the clip that the lanyard slides into is under the battery cover and it's a bit fiddly to attach.

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MP

January 29, 2013, 12:31 am

I like the Doro phones. Not because I'm a 'senior' (although I am cracking on a bit, it has to be admitted). Nevertheless, I may never buy one, simply because of the 'senior' tag.

I'm adding this comment from a self-built PC, hooked up to a KVM switch and running various linux distros in VMs under windows XP. I'm a technophile, although I buy only the tech which benefits me (as opposed to everything Apple and Microsoft want to sell me).

So. We've established that I'm not a helpless old lady who doesn't understand the TV controller (although there's nothing wrong with people like that). Why, then, do I like the Doro phones, as compared to the vast array of 'smartphones'?

For several reasons. Firstly, I don't need an overpriced 'smartphone' because I don't want to be permanently (or indeed ever) linked to facebook or twitter. Secondly, I have several email addresses but I can hardly ever be bothered to check them (better, more productive, things to be doing). Thirdly, I don't want to pay silly money for data allowances I don't need, and won't use, but which will allow my 'smart' phone to update itself and report my shopping habits back to google or apple. Fourthly, because I'm six foot four, with big fingers and short sight, so the kind of phone favoured by fourteen year old kids with 20/20 vision doesn't suit me.

Ludovic De Grave

February 8, 2013, 5:03 pm

Enfin un téléphone pour ... téléphoner.

Mir Ali Khan

March 6, 2013, 7:45 pm

got this phone yesterday.....no SPEAKER phone for seniors and people with hearing problems????? 2. After pairing it with my Fusion ----- screen of the phone reverses and becomes all garbled when u turn the car off and on again...happened twice --- and each time it asks to ACCEPT the sync'ing for some reason whereas in the past the other phones had no problems.

bri

May 23, 2013, 5:42 am

just got this phone brill no fancy apps no silly touch screen ,if I need internet I will use my lap top in stead of being brain washed to play games on it and spend money on aps that no one needs.

juggular

September 10, 2013, 10:48 am

Great phone for normal people !

Sterlin

January 3, 2014, 12:48 am

Bought this a few weeks ago, easy easy to use but, since day one it needs a daily charge and only has a about 6 hours standby - from the review it looks as if it came
with a faulty battery or faulty charger.

Val Robertson

January 4, 2014, 8:05 pm

My husband bought me this phone for Christmas because i was fed up of the scratched screen on my old phone and wanted a "clam" phone - NOT because I am an "oldie" who can't cope with modern technology. I am no spring chicken, but I am very computer literate and even have an IPad! Although I said I didn't want anything fancy, this phone is totally inadequate and, in my opinion, terrible value for money. For example:
you can't save a message to draft
all you know is that your message has been sent, as opposed to delivered - and whether and i have no idea why there is a deivery report setting as whether you check or unceck this optin, it makes not a jot of difference!
and you can't even silence the irritating keypad beeps wthout silencing the other crucial functions - such as ring tone for calls and messages!
And those are just the shortcomings I have discovered so far after only a few days!
My husband is looking for the receipt to take this phone back - it's a rip off!

GEoff

March 27, 2014, 11:54 pm

Doro 612 is the best phone I have ever had .I give it 100% in all featurs

Guest

April 28, 2014, 3:43 pm

can you disable the Ice and SOS function if so please tell

Guest

May 11, 2014, 3:20 pm

lost the battery cover where can i obtain a replacement doro 612 model

Michael Pearson

July 28, 2014, 1:29 pm

i use doro mobile for the last 3 year

RBeigher

August 28, 2015, 11:18 pm

I'm new to the toro phone. It has a slot to an SD card but have idea of how I can stirs photos on that card. With my old phone, a Motorola, I could select photos to transfer them to my SD card which I could use, with an adapter to transfer them to my computer. I tried to use the charging cable that has an USB adapter but my computer did not recognize my phone as a storage device.

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