Mobile phone reviews

Review – Oricom Ezy100

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I love the large easy to read keyboard.
The loud volume is great
The emergency call button gives me a feeling of security.
I like how the keypad locks automatically, so no accidental dialling numbers.
The phone is a nice weight and feels ergonomically comfortable to hold.

The text size could be larger.
A camera would be a nice addition.

Overall impressions, I liked the phone very much and would be happy to own one, thank you for letting me use it.

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Reviews – Telstra’s Easy Touch Discovery

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Telstra’s Easy Touch Discovery mobile phone is great for all ages. Large key pad buttons are easy to see and use one handed even for those affected by arthritis. Good reception in country areas, very important for travellers and those who live in remote places.. Its compact size houses all the technology one could want and makes it easy to carry. The GPS function is terrific. Unlike its predecessor, the flip top design prevents one’s ear from getting hot when using the phone for long calls. One negative, the camera is easy to accidentally turn on when picking it up, but it does take wonderful photos. The time, day and date display on the front of the phone is very handy. Battery time is good.

All in all I found this phone a delight to use, it will definitely be my next mobile. I spend a lot of time teaching art workshops out west and need a good, reliable phone.

First impression was the Telstra Easy Touch Discovery mobile phone was suitably small and light, the texture at the back being reasonably non-slip therefore not easily dropped.

The main screen icons were easily identifiable, with the Help File being a great ‘help’ in personalising the phone without needing to refer to the instruction booklet. The main features used by me to personalise were wallpaper, ring tone, message tone, speaker/earpiece volume, keypad sound/volume. Keypad voice was a useful tool to check the right buttons were pressed to make a call. The Alarm, once, was helpful to remind me of appointments, sometimes forgotten.

I also needed to put the phone on Meeting quite often so it was Silent but the Vibrate mode would alert me of a call. When driving I use a Bluetooth speaker so was able to pair this phone to my speaker for safety. Messages using the Predictive Text I found fairly slow and confusing so preferred to use ‘abc’ mode. Photos were easy to take and forward, when accessing Big Pond I found the text on the screen very small and difficult to read so didn’t use this feature.

Overall, a very user friendly phone for this Senior.

Review LG KF300

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1. Minute illustrations of keys in the “User Guide” require a magnifying glass to identify them. Not only for my 78 year eyes but also those of the twenty-plus young man in the Crazy Johns shop, could not identify the illustrations.

2. Charging – page 22 of the Guide says “connect …to the socket on the left side of the phone” but does have a reasonably accurate illustration of the plug entering the right side, except that there is no mention of the flimsy cover which I could not open initially and have concern at every recharge as I expect it to break off. Also the arrow on the connector is not readily observed.

3. I then experienced difficulty getting started so called at a Crazy John’s shop for help. Unfortunately I did not note down what the initial difficulty was in detail. After the young man got the phone sim card to activate, I wandered outside and called home. “The number you have called is switched off or not available”. Back to the shop and after a bit more fiddling the young fellow got it to work. I then called home with no problem.

4. I live in an area where there is no signal except for the latest 3G phones. This unit, like my Nokia, does not get a signal till I drive 500 metres or more from home.

5. The speed at which one can enter a number to be called seems to be very slow, but once entered are large clear illustrations which would help an older person.

6. I then decided to try the hands free head set. I plugged it in and was horrified to get a message “This phone is locked”. I hurriedly unplugged and resumed normal calls with no problem thank goodness. Next morning I searched the Guide which does not have an index but only the Table of Contents, and eventually found the reference to “Headset” and turned to page 72. As I would not want to permanently use the hands free earmicrophone I did not attempt to set the phone to “Headset”. There is also the possibility that “headset” is not the same as “earmicrophone”.

7. A novice mobile phone user would experience great difficulty getting started. An experienced user would soon get up and running and would appreciate the large bold numbers on both keys and screen.