Doro Phone Easy 506
The Doro Phone Easy 506 measures 12x5.5x.9cm and weights 80grams. My unit was black with bold white lettering on the keys and clear illustrations around the connections.
There are only two sockets on the unit both towards the top right side the micro USB charger which is hard wired to a good long lead ending in a conventional three pin plug. Below this a 3.5mm socket for the supplied earbuds.
The only other items in the box along with the phone is the phones battery and the large fold out double sided double A4 sheet marked Quick Start Guide and even this has clear easy to read text and this is illustrated where required.
This is a fact often overlooked when tiny not clear fonts are used by other manufacturers who also use very thin paper where type tends to bleed through. This is just another point where Doro think of the person using their product and even though they often have one or more disabilities the user still likes to remain as independent as possible.
The 4.4x2.9cm display is clear and easy to read, you decide the text size and what it shows – too much information – can be confusing. Another adjustable point is the display brightness but on this model I could find no way to change the white on black lettering, in previous phones from Doro you could choose a range of background and foreground colours. Other icons are in colour and the change of colour makes these easy to read.
The main phone buttons are a good size at 1.3x.6cm with .25cm between each button making even the less able dial a number without error.
Above the numerals and below the display are three lines of buttons, the top line has two soft buttons working to what is shown on the screen, between these two buttons are an up and down arrow to move through the menus, either side of the down arrow are a green answer and a red end call button, the latter is also the on/off button, 15 seconds on and 7 seconds off.
The next line has three programmable buttons (A, B and C) and a direct sms button.
The three programmable buttons can be easily set up to call various numbers in case of emergency. There is also a button on the back that can circle through these numbers to get a response should help be required.
ICE is something that the emergency services will look for on the phone as this carries details of contacts as well as medications as in the first instance giving – or not – of certain drugs could help aid the recovery of the patient.
Some Doro phones also come with a Cradle to just pop the phone into and this saves the user having to fiddle with the micro USB lead, as stated some come with interchangeable background and foreground colours as certain colours such as blue and yellow are the last to go for those with very limited sight. So if the user has very poor sight or poor dexterity one of the other Doro phones may be more suitable.
However this is a lot cheaper than some other Doro offerings and if the disability is less severe it could be the answer, it also looks very like a standard mobile phone, just brighter screens and louder volumes.
All Doro phones are normally sold to work on any network so if the disability is recent it could be as simple as swapping a SIM.
The Doro PhoneEasy 506 is available from the link below for £41.99 with free delivery.
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