Doro PhoneEasy 410 Review: Released in 2009, the PhoneEasy 410 was the flip variant of Doro’s accessible use handsets. Specification-wise, these models lagged even the mainstream market by quite some time. Features such as phone cameras or microSD storage had become commonplace by this time. However, in terms of the Doro handsets it would be some years before their phones acquired this.
The drivers of this were twofold: in the main the users did not require such high specifications. Secondly, Doro phones came at a premium to other basic phones but not so large to automatically rule out a purchase. This Doro PhoneEasy 410 thus contains all the ingredients that made its predecessors a success. Large, legible buttons, a clear display and advanced accessibility functions. Better features would come in later Doro flips. These did feature more advanced specifications such as a digital camera and microSD card slot.
Notably, these versions of the PhoneEasy series also started to come in alternative colours aside from the standard black colours – red, blue, and white were available. The covers were not interchangeable, but it provided a nice contrast from the previous designs. The phone came in two identical variants: the Doro PhoneEasy 409 was the same minus the Bluetooth connection.
The design of the phones changed very little over the years. The next family of Doro flip phones retained the look but also started to add cameras to the mix.
Doro PhoneEasy 410 Review: Pros
The handset was excellent for those with accessibility needs, and the flip format worked well. The keypad was large and featured a high contrast black keyset against a white frame with larger numbers for legibility. Different colours now allowed a distinctive look.
The phone now features external indicator lights on the flip: flashing lights can indicate when the phone is low on battery or when there is a missed call or text message.
The phone benefited from extra features not seen in mainstream phones: configurable quick call buttons and an SOS button on the rear of the phone. The phone was also able to store essential medical information.
The phone now added a Bluetooth connection, which was designed for pairing with audio handsets.
Doro PhoneEasy 410 Review: Cons
Despite the flip adding extra space, this did not extend to the screen. With a fairly large screen surround the size was just 2.0 inches at a 176 x 220 resolution.
The phone also did not feature a camera, despite this being pretty standard at the time.
The lack of display on the front of the phone also did not compare well with other phones. Dual screen displays had been around for a significantly longer time.
The charger was proprietary with no standard USB port.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Doro prices are fairly solid, due to the fact that they are still useable as phones today. Superficially there is not much to pick between the models, although the cheaper prices of these phones might put a lid on any future premium.
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