Doro Liberto 650
Easy to use, stylish camera phone with e-mail
The Doro Liberto 650 is an easy to use mobile phone that is ideally suited to the elderly yet it still has access to a few more advanced features that are in demand such as email and internet access.
In my Doro Liberto 650 review I give you my opinion as I discover potentially life-saving features for medical emergency situations and everything else that this compact phone has to offer.
The Doro Liberto 650 has a premium feel about it with a matt black rubberised casing that is accentuated by a camera lens and notification lights (missed call, text message and low battery) that sit within a metal trim.
The flip design protects you from accidentally makings calls when the phone is placed in a bag or pocket and you will hardly notice that it is there at 17mm thick and weighing a ridiculously light 110 grams.
Flip the phone open and you are welcomed by a colour display (320 x 240 pixels) and set of well-spaced rubberised keys that really do make typing easy and accurate.
This practical device shows its pedigree further with a speakerphone that delivers sounds of up to >83dB at 1 metre with HD voice certification. In the box you will find a set of complimentary headphones and there is a memory card slot for expanding the memory up to 32GB if you want to take and save lots of photos or videos.
Phone Set Up
The Doro experience always begins with a handy start-up wizard which is activated on the first time you power up the phone.
You can access this feature later on if you wish but for me it makes sense to take a minute or two to set the time and date, menu view as list or grid, wallpaper and ring tone. The Doro Liberto 650 will also allow you to change the font size from normal to large if you impaired vision.
One of the most useful features for those looking for an easy to use mobile is the block function setting that allows you to remove menu items that you don’t intend to use. This means that you could reduce the menu down to just a couple of items like phonebook and messages if you want a really simple experience.
You can also activate the My Doro Manager feature if you wish and this gives you 1024MB of online storage for backing up and editing your contacts, calendar events, pictures and daily reminders.
Standard features that area a delight to see include text messaging, picture messaging, email, voice messaging and the option to use predictive or standard text input. You will also find more handy features such as an alarm, calendar, daily reminders, notes, FM radio, calculator, 3G web browser with the option to save bookmarks and games which include the rather addictive Tetris.
But, the Doro Liberto 650 has two standout features centred around medical emergencies and medical assistance that I think are incredibly powerful:
- ICE - The In Case of Emergency feature is a place in the phonebook where you can store all of your most important medical details. These include details of insurance, contacts, allergies, blood type, vaccination and medication, all of which will be useful to first responders.
- Assistance button - For peace of mind I think this is the feature that sells the Liberto 650. Here you can store 5 phone numbers that can be contacted in case of an emergency. These could be the numbers to carers or family and friends. Once you press the assistance button the phone attempts to call the first phone number. If this isn’t answered in 25 seconds then the phone will move onto the next number. The speakerphone is automatically activated and a predetermined text message can also be sent to each of your emergency contacts.
Camera & Video
We are used to seeing much more powerful cameras on today’s smartphones so I was taken aback by the great quality images that I captured during my test of the 2 megapixel camera.
The Doro Liberto 650’s camera is particularly good at close-up shots and whilst long distance shots start to lose clarity if you turn the phone onto its side you can capture an extremely wide landscape picture.
There is nothing complicated to get to grips with but you can adjust the brightness, use the 4x digital zoom and record video as well.
The 800mAh battery is pretty powerful in performance and delivers a standby time of up to 380 hours or talk time of up to 10 hours. You may charge the Doro Liberto 650 using the mains charger provided or via the USB port on your laptop of PC.
Written by: Michael Brown