Now about those keys, then. The front fascia houses what are quite probably the largest Call and End keys I have ever seen on a mobile. Actually they aren’t, strictly speaking, discrete keys. They are pads that respond to pressure. The same can be said for a pair of up and down arrows that sit between the Call and End buttons. There are no softmenu buttons, either, so the Call and End buttons double up to provide softmenu functions, which keeps things simple.
Open the slide and a gargantuan number pad greets you. I measured the keys at 14mm wide and 13mm tall. Furthermore, these keys are discrete rather than printed on a flat pad, and the keys are beautifully designed so that they are very easy to press. Their number markings are huge and there’s a very strong backlight.
On the back of the phone is a centrally located lanyard connector. I suppose you can use this to hang the phone round your neck, though I’d say it is a bit unwieldy for that particular activity.
The back also has a large, round, red button with a heart in its centre. This is the Emergency button. It dials a call to 112 and issues a piercingly loud siren sound as it does so. That’ll ensure anyone around you knows you are in trouble. I do wonder if it is a little easy to press this button by accident, but I guess it’s a trade-off between making it too easy to press accidentally and too difficult to get to when you need it.
There is an LED light on the top end of the phone which acts as a torch. I’ve said it before when I’ve seen this feature on mobiles and I’ll say it here now. It is so completely useful that it should be a standard feature on any mobile phone. In this case you activate the torch with a button on the right edge of the handset, keeping the button pressed down for as long as you want the torch alight. Below the torch button is another that lets you set an alarm and beneath that is a button for the phone’s loudspeaker.