Doro PhoneEasy 612 Review: Released in 2011, the Swedish Doro brand had some success in releasing phones specifically aimed at people with special needs. With large buttons, large fonts and quick-dial features, their ease of use was their main selling point. There were at the time two basic variants: the candy-bar and the flip models.
Both had their pros and cons. The flip models allowed for marginally bigger keypads and screens. Here we have a double release: the Doro PhoneEasy 610 came out at a similar time. That model is very similar in looks, but lacks a camera. The 612 reflects the trend that every type of user gains skills after a time, and was one of the more powerful basic handsets.
Here we have features such as Bluetooth, a digital camera and microSD card. These sort of features certainly allow a model of phone such as this to have a greater utility and were a welcome addition.
Doro phones have continued to evolve. With no pressure on technical advancement, it has been the case that their models can improve very slowly. The 6-Series is still around and looks very much the same as these phones did.
Doro PhoneEasy 612 Review Pros:
The phones design was practical and efficient. Phone keys were large and easy to press. The black keys on the white background also made them fully legible.
The phone screen had improved and was a larger 240 x 320 pixel, 2.4 inch screen. With adjustable text sizes this made it easy to read.
The phone comes bundled with handy Assistance and In Case of Emergency (ICE) features which allow the advance provision of information.
The camera was a 2 megapixel one, and the microSD card allowed storage of music. Sound quality is excellent: the maximum volume on this phone is higher than standard phones and is hearing-aid compatible.
Doro PhoneEasy 612 Review Cons:
The price is a major downside. The initial release price was in excess of £100. Perhaps Doro knew that this may be too high (the 610 was slightly cheaper). But at these prices there were a fair amount of alternatives available.
The phone may be slightly harder to operate for some users. The flip is reasonably tight and the side buttons small. The candybar advantage is that it is ready to use straightaway.
The camera is fairly basic and lacks a flash or software enhancements. Additionally whilst the charging port is a standard connection, the audio out is not. This means you have to rely on a Doro headset unless you have Bluetooth.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Most of Doro’s phones benefit from residual demand. This is because they can still be used as handsets today and many users are not after any particular technological feature. The phones are modestly priced and on the second hand market many are in good condition, only being used lightly by their users.
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