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Doro PhoneEasy 612

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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The screen on the PhoneEasy 612 relatively large for a clamshell handset, as it measures 49x36mm. The resolution isn’t amazing at 320x240 pixels, but it's more than enough for this type of phone as there are no internet features and the menu system only really shows one large icon on the screen at a time. The display is very bright too, and unlike a lot of cheaper phones it's easy to read even when you're looking at it from an angle.

The phone's menu system is very straight forward and reminds us of older Nokia handsets. The main menu is a series of pages that you scroll through with the up and down buttons on the keypad. Each page shows just a single large icon related to its function, so they're very easy to read and navigate around. You can also increase the size of the text, which is neat.

The ear piece is a tad louder than a normal phone, although not excessively so. What is different, though, is that at full volume it remains very crisp and clear with none of the distortion that typically affects cheaper phones when they're set to full volume. Battery life is also top notch. Doro quotes a talk time of 12 hours and standby time of around three weeks and these figures seemed pretty accurate from our experience with the handset.

The three quick-dial buttons on the keypad are fairly easy to program and it's also relatively straight forward to set up the assistance button. The latter allows you to assign up to five numbers to the button so when it's held down it repeatedly dials each one on the list until it gets an answer. You can also set it up to send an emergency text as well in case nobody picks up for the emergency call.

In other respects the PhoneEasy 612's specification is pretty modest. There are no internet or social media features, but you do get a calendar function and it has a built-in FM radio that you can use when the headset is attached. This has good reception and although it doesn’t have RDS it does allow you to save stations as presets and assign names to them.

Unlike the more basic Doro models, this one has a camera onboard. However, it's a very basic snapper with a two-megapixel resolution. Shots look pretty decent on the phone's screen, but when you transfer them to a computer via the handset's microUSB port they tend to look very soft and blurry and colours aren’t very accurate either. It also struggles in low light, especially as it lacks an LED flash to help it out in darker conditions. For storing pictures there is 8MB of memory built in, but you can boost this as there's a microSD slot for adding memory card.


Unlike a lot of handsets aimed at seniors, the Doro PhoneEasy 612 is more than just a very basic mobile phone. Instead this handset has been properly crafted from the ground up to make it as easy as possible to use. Its menu system is very straight forward, the keypad is big and roomy and there are some good features such as the emergency assistance button on the rear. As such, we think it's a good choice for those who, for one reason or another, just can’t get on with many of today's more advanced mobile phones.

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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.


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.


September 10, 2013, 10:48 am

Great phone for normal people !


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!


March 27, 2014, 11:54 pm

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


April 28, 2014, 3:43 pm

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


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


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.


October 15, 2016, 9:12 am

My wife put the phone in the washing machine in a trouser pocket and it went the full cycle. We took the phone apart and put it into a bowl of rice for 2 days and it now works perfectly again - and it is nice and clean!


November 10, 2016, 8:21 am

I need some help. I want a Doro mobile phone because of the large buttons and text. I want it unlocked so that I can use my Asda sim and keep my number. I don't want a smart phone but I still need Internet connection as I use a tuner ab for my violin. I have been looking at the Doro 6520 sold on Amazon. I am not sure though if it will accept my Asda sim. Also I don't know if it will accept my ee server. Also it isn't Android which I am used to it is Linux I don't know what difference that would make. Can anyone help?


January 18, 2017, 5:40 pm

Has anyone else had this problem: Clamshell-style Doro 612: when a call comes in and I open it, I am immediately connected -- to anyone who wants to pester me. Solution: change Answer mode to "press any key" and then reject nuisance calls? Only problem: I change the Answer mode, but it does not work. My path is: Menu > Settings > Calls > Answer mode > Any key > OK > Saved. Still connects me when I open the phone. Answer mode screen defaults to "open to answer". Anyone any ideas?

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