Drew reviews the Doro PhoneEasy 615

Last week I was given the task of reviewing the Doro PhoneEasy 615. My iPhone 3GS was taken from me and my new flip phone was in my hands. My first impressions of the Doro PhoneEasy 615 were that it was light, durable (as I dropped it within the first minute of holding it due to my clumsiness) and easy to use.

Simple setup
Taking the Doro PhoneEasy 615 out of the box, I removed the back cover, installed my sim card, put the battery in place and replaced the cover. I held down the power button (the end call key) and the phone turned on and was ready to go.

Ease of use
My first task with the phone was to take a photo. This was super easy as the Doro PhoneEasy 615 has a camera button on the keypad. I simply pressed the camera button and the camera turned on. To take the photo, I pressed the camera button again and it captured the photo. The phone identified a lack of light in the room and used the built in flash feature. I was surprised at the quality of the image – it was crystal clear.

After taking the photo, my next task was to send an SMS. Once again, the Doro PhoneEasy 615 makes that easy. There is a SMS button on the keypad and with one click, I had my messages open and ready to send. Thirty seconds later, my message had been typed out (due to the large keys making it easy to type) and sent.

Finally, I wanted to make a phone call to Debbie. I took my glasses off for this third part and still had no problems reading the keys on the phone. I could hear Debbie loud and clear and didn’t need to have the phone pressed hard against my ear to hear the words, which is the case with my current iPhone.

Easy answer
There is nothing worse than rummaging for your mobile phone, picking it up and fumbling around to hit the answer button, only to find the caller has hung up. With the Doro PhoneEasy 615 design being a flip phone, all you have to do is flip open the case and the call is answered. For me, this was the standout feature.

Emergency function
The last feature I had a play around with was the emergency function. Located on the back of the phone is an emergency button. It took me about one minute to set up the function and I was able to select how many times I had to press the emergency button before it called the emergency number (that I had to setup).

Overall, I found the Doro PhoneEasy 615 a joy to use. It brought back memories of my old Nokia flip phone and has many features I can see being adapted into future smartphone technologies.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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