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Doro Simple and Easy Mobile Phones 

Two different phones both designed for people with a disability the first for perhaps the more serious disability the HandlePlus 334gsm. The second the PhoneEasy 342gsm for those with less agile fingers.

doro 334gsm mobile phone

HandlePlus 334gsm

It is 12x5.5x1.5cm mine had a white face with a black back. The face has a 3.5x2.2cm display and under this only eight keys. Two rows of two and under this the letters A to D in a single column with space beside to put a name. These can be the numbers of anyone you wish such as a son or daughter a neighbour or a close friend. This phone would enable someone with very limited digit control some range of independence to lead some form of life.

I suspect a friend or neighbour would need to read the manual to setup the phone for the person initially but as it comes with a charging cradle it could be put there so it remains charged when not in use.

The other four buttons on the face are a key to lock the actions, SOS, and the normal green (answer) and red (end) call.

The left side has volume up and down and the menu key while the right side has charging and headset sockets finally the top has the on/off button, however if the user is somewhat unsure it is better that it is left in the charging cradle for those times when he/she needs assistance so just a single keypress to call the required number is all that is needed.

There is also an emergency call key on the back of the unit as on a number of the recent Doro phones designed for the less able. However this is the most basic unit meaning being able to feel for one of the bottom four buttons is all that is required should sight be poor or read the name beside the letter if memory is the problem.

Doing my Internet searches found the Doro HandlePlus 334gsm at a best price of £142.98 including delivery from the first link below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001VL82J8?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

http://www.doro.com/global/businessunit/dorocare

doro 342gsm mobile phone
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Doro PhoneEasy 342gsm

This is a slightly more normal phone. It is 18.5x5x1.2cm, mine was black with green line around the centre (like the filling in a sandwich).

There is a 3.8x2.7cm display below this two soft keys then the make/end call keys with up and down keys in between and finally the four rows of three numeric keys.

The left side has + and – keys for the volume. The top has the on/off button; the right side has the charger point and earbud socket. The base has connection for a charging cradle but for this phone it is an optional extra.

The first 40 pages of the main manual are in English and how to use all the facilities and functions are well laid out and easy to read. The maximum number of lines of type per page is 30 and it is a very clear and easy to read typeface. A lot of other manufacturers could consider the manual as I have read some that would often require a magnifying glass for the thirty or forty something to read let alone the older reader with less than perfect sight.

This unit does not have games but does have almost everything else that a modern phone will have you can of course send and receive messages, setup alarms and it even has a calculator. A good basic phone not only for the older or less nimble user.

Doing my Internet searches found the Doro PhoneEasy 342gsm at a best price of £114.99 from the first link.

http://www.matobmobile.co.uk/index.php?id=doro_phone_easy_342_gsm_mobile_phone_eldery

http://www.doro.com/global/businessunit/dorocare

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