Review Price £100.00
The Doro PhoneEasy 715 screen is pretty big for a phone with a slider design, although obviously not as large as the displays on today's touchscreen handsets. It measures about 6cm across the diagonal and is quite bright, which helps to make it easy to read. Although the resolution isn’t amazing at 320 x 240 pixels, this isn’t really an issue due to the phone's simple menu system and the ability to resize onscreen text.
Doro has sensibly made the menus as easy as possible to use. They're similar to some older Nokia phones in that than each menu entry has its own page denoted by a large icon, so it's very easy to navigate around. The text can also be switched between normal and large sizes, which the larger size being very large and easy to read.
The keypad has two quick dial buttons on the top row marked A and B and its pretty straight forward to program in numbers for these. It's also relatively straight forward to set up the assistance button on the rear. You can assign five numbers to this and also set up an emergency text message. If the button is then held down for a couple of seconds or tapped three times it will repeatedly dial each number in turn on speaker phone mode until someone picks up. It can also send the emergency text message in case nobody answers.
The phone's earpiece is noticeably louder than most normal handsets and unlike a lot of cheaper, basic models it remains very crisp and clear even when it's set to its maximum volume level. There's Bluetooth built-in as well, so it can be used with compatible headsets and hearing aids. Doro also includes a wired stereo headset with the phone that plugs into the non-standard micro-jack on the top left of the handset. When this is attached you can make use of the FM radio, which lacks RDS to show station names, but does allow you to save presets and add names to them later.
This model also has a camera. This is a fairly basic 2.0megapixel snapper, so shots look fine on the phone's own screen, but lack sharpness when you transfer them to a computer via the phone's micro USB port (which is also used for charging the handset). There's around 8MB of memory built-in for storing photos, but you can also expand this using microSD cards.
There isn’t much else in terms of features, as the 715 doesn't support email, lacks a web browser and has no social media features either. However, the basic nature of the 715 does mean that it has excellent battery life. Doro quotes a talk time of 12 hours and a standby time of around 23 days, and during our time with the phone these seemed reasonably accurate.
The 715 is, on the whole, a well thought out phone that's been sympathetically designed in order to make it very easy to use. Its menu system is very straight forward, the earpiece delivers loud and very clear audio and it's comfortable to operate. However, the smaller keypad buttons mean that it may not be quite as good a choice as Doro's own 612 for some users.
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