This is not your typical phone, this has a flip with a 2.8 inch screen on the inside, the phone has large manual keys without the screen. The size of the phone fits nicely into your pocket shorter and thicker than most smart phones. The phone is physicality designed strong and easy to use with large buttons. The material used has a soft touch coating with a good grip.  They are designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities, they can be used by users that require a smart device without the complications of functionality.

Charging & Battery:

I am not a fan of propriety chargers, but this is a different one. This comes with your standard android charger, with the option of a pod. The phone comes with a pod charger with the added feature of allowing to connect directly via a USB charger lead the phone. The phone came with a removable 1350mAh Li-ion battery which has a talk time (up to hours) 11 hours and a standby of up to 500 hours.  The battery takes approximately 3 hours to fully charge. The charging and battery are a real positive to this phone.

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The phone is not an android phone rather powered by KaiOS just like the recently launched Nokia 8110, KaiOS, is a web-based mobile operating system that is based on Linux kernel that “merges the power of a smartphone with the affordability of a feature phone” In market share study results announced in May 2018, KaiOS beat Apple’s iOS for second place in India, while Android dominates with 71%, albeit down by 9%. KaiOS is now 2nd most popular mobile OS after Android in India as iOS drops to third. KaiOS is a contemporary mobile operating system targeted for feature phones.

Setup:

The set up is standard on the phone, this was less complicated than a typical Android phone which asks to accept a variety of T&C. The setup is easy but connecting the phone to your Wi-Fi required the password entered.  The basics of putting in a Wi-Fi password is not as easy as we have become familiar with smart phones, putting in a capital letter, then back to a small letter etc on a button phone it takes time to get use to. The phone signal and audio quality were excellent with the added feature of when viewing a call, opening the flip allowed the calls to be answered with no need to press additional buttons, closing the flip ends the call. Something we have seen before on older clamshell or flip devices. 

 

Warranty:

This product is guaranteed for a period of 24 months and for original accessories for a period of 12 months (such as the battery, charger, charging cradle or handsfree kit)

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Conclusion:

Typically, on smart phones the Chipset, Ram and Cameras are the main areas looked at for smart phones.  This phone has a nostalgic feel but the specification on this phone is not the primary logic to purchase.  This has the main feature you would expect in a smart phone, camera, (albeit a poor camera at 3 MP) the option of storage of using a 32GB Micro SD memory card, calculator, wakeup alarm, FM-radio, key tone, calendar with reminder, backlit keypad, ICE (In Case of Emergency) are some of the features.

 The FM radio is good to see on the phone. The unique feature of the assistance button allows easy access to contact a predefined help number should you need help. The hearing aid compatible is great to see on a phone for those that require this option.  The phone can use Google maps, YouTube with a great battery life. This is a phone designed with large buttons and designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Alternatively, this can be used by the young or those that want a basic easy to use phone that works getting away from the current society of always on.

Main features:

  • GPS                       
  • HAC (HEARING AID COMPATIBLE)                            
  • EMAIL                  
  • CAMERA RESOLUTION (MEGAPIXEL) 3Mp
  • INTERNET                           
  • TORCH                 
  • VISUAL RING INDICATOR                             
  • ASSISTANCE BUTTON                                    
  • SPEAKERPHONE               
  • LOUD AND CLEAR SOUND                           
  • STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL                                              
  • 4G

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Written by brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.

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  1. I want to speak to a human about my husbands Doro phone that is not working. have been let down via email and promise of a call back on either 07554117487 or 07554114684

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