Doro PhoneEasy 632 review
A stylish phone that gets you where you want to go
The Doro PhoneEasy 632 is a flip-style easy-to-use mobile phone that really does have a stylish look to accompany a set of features that have a practical nature to them. These features pitch the phone for the elderly end of the market and Doro are unquestionably the industry leaders in this field.
In my Doro PhoneEasy 632 review we discover a mobile phone that is one step up from the basic Doro range so if you want an easy phone that does a little more, then this should fit the bill.
I love the design effort that has been put into the look of Doro PhoneEasy 632 and I think it looks just as modern as any smartphone. In the hand it feels the most natural of any phone that I have held this year and the soft touch coating on the rear removes any fear that it may slip from your hand.
Initially invisible to the eye, the front cover of the phone hides a digital clock and this can be activated at any time by pressing and holding down the volume buttons. On the rear cover the speakers are to be found and these produce a ringer volume of up to >83dB(A). You can select either traditional ring tones or melodies to notify you of incoming call and some even have vocals as well!
At 105 grams the PhoneEasy 632 is very lightweight and features a large colour display that sits above a well spaced out set of keys. Call quality is assured with HD voice certification and this mobile phone is hearing aid compatible.
Phone Set Up
The start up wizard gets you going really quickly by running you through most of the phone set up options. These include setting the time and date, choosing the way the menu will look, picking a colour theme, setting the text size, picking a wallpaper and setting up the sounds.
You can also venture into the settings of the PhoneEasy 632 and un-tick items that you do not want to appear in the menu. This is really pretty useful and allows the user to cut down the menu to just a few features. You may also like at this point to decide whether or not to turn on the white-list feature that only allows calls through if their number is stored in your phonebook, so take that telemarketers!
In the box you will find all the accessories you need to get going including a USB cable, charging dock, headphones and carry strap.
The features of the Doro PhoneEasy 632 are largely practical ones that have been specifically tailored for use by the elderly. I thought the talking keys which speak out the numbers as you dial would be very useful to anyone with diminishing sight.
This flip phone uses 3G connectivity to send emails and deliver the weather report while Bluetooth connects wireless headsets and GPS can be used to point the way home in conjunction with a digital compass.
Safety and security features are always built into Doro phones and this includes an assistance button that is located on the back of the phone. Pressing this button sends a pre-determined text message to five emergency numbers that you have chosen. The really smart thing though is that this is followed by the phone calling those numbers in a rotating sequence until one of those emergency numbers answer the call.
The ICE function (In Case of Emergency) is also pretty useful and this lets you store all your medical details on the phone for use by first responders.
Other features include a FM radio, games and My Doro Manager which backs up everything online including pictures, contacts, your calender and reminders.
Camera & Video
The 2MP camera provides little more than point and shoot but we have to remember that keeping things simple is the underlying premise of this phones concept. Having said this you can record video and there is a flash for low light situations and this is doubled up as a torch function as well.
The 800mAh battery provides plenty of standby time at up to 380 hours and delivers a talk time of up 10 hours.
My overall opinion of the Doro PhoneEasy 632 is that this is a good buy for the older generation who don’t want a smartphone but do want at least a few useful features rolled up in a device that looks every bit as modern as those aforementioned smartphones.
Written by: Michael Brown