Not everyone can get to grips with today's super advanced smartphones and their clever touchscreens. Some older folk or those with dexterity, eyesight or hearing issues can find these types of phones tricky to deal with. These are the type of people Doro targets with its handsets, which have larger buttons, louder earpieces and menus that display bigger text. We were impressed by the Phoneasy 612 when we took a look at it a couple of weeks back, so we were interested to find out how the 715 compares, especially as it has a slider, rather than flip design.
The Doro PhoneEasy 715 is the company's newest phone and sits at the top of the range, although in truth there's little to differentiate it from many of the other Doro models, apart from its design, as they all share a similar and quite basic feature set. It does have a camera built-in, though, and comes with a charging dock, two things that the lower end models lack.
The Doro PhoneEasy 715 is built around a slider design and when it's closed the numerical keypad is hidden from view. The handset automatically goes into keypad lock mode too when it's shut to avoid numbers being accidentally dialed if it's being knocked about in a bag or pocket. However, it can be unlocked by pressing and holding a dedicated key lock button on the right side of the phone, just beneath the volume rocker switch.
When it's open the handset has dimensions of 100 x 50 x 17, making it around 45mm shorter than the 612 and unfortunately this means the keypad is smaller too. One of the advantages of the 612 was its very large keypad, but while the keys on the 715 are larger than a normal phone, they not that much larger. This is especially true of the dedicated text messaging and camera buttons on the top row of the keypad. The overall build quality is good, though. There's a little bit of movement in the slider mechanism when the phone is open, but it still feels solid and gives you the confidence that it'll stand up to a fair bit of abuse over its lifetime.
It's not the most stylish looking phone around mainly because its chassis is made entirely from plastic, however, there is a ridged pattern on the rear that makes it that bit gripper to hold. Nevertheless, the front is mostly shiny, slippery plastic, so overall it's not as slip proof as the 612.
Like Doro's other phones, this one does have an assistance button on the rear. If it's held down it automatically starts dialing a list of numbers until someone picks up.
Interestingly there's also a little LED light at the top that can be turned on to act as a torch. A lot of other phones used to do this with their LED camera flashes, but that's not the case here. The LED points out the top of the phone rather than from the rear and, anyway, there's no option to use it as a flash in the camera menu.