Doro PhoneEasy For The Eldery 

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The Doro PhoneEasy 612 is an easy to use cellphone that incorporates emergency call facilities. It can enable a person to initiate an emergency call and so will be of particular interest to the elderly or infirm together with those who want to ensure the safety of their relatives. At the same time it is a versatile phone that is easy to use and incorporates a camera as well as the wide range of other features that today's users want.

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This is a clamshell phone which is 100 x 50 x20 mm and weighs 80gm. The outer shells are black in colour and have an easy-grip texture. The claimed battery life is up to 12hours talk time and 533 standby. The provided drop-in docking station makes it less likely that the user will overlook to recharge the phone and so won't end up with a dead phone at some critical moment. 

To provide good legibility the 612's keys are black, with large white lettering and are set in a white keyboard while, on the display, the user can choose between different text/background contrasting colours as well as text sizes so as to obtain the best readability. It is also hearing aid compatible.

When the emergency button, on the rear of the phone, is pressed up to five phone numbers can be dialled in turn until one answers. If required, a text message can be sent prior to dialling to alert the party being called. When this occurs, the handset automatically switches to hands-free operation.

Personal information such as next of kin and other contacts, allergies, blood group, medical conditions and medication etc. can be stored so that it can be accessed using the ICE (in case of emergency) feature. As nobody can predict if and when a major accident or health problem will arise, storing this information on the phone could also be of importance to the able-bodied.

The 2Mpixel camera is adequate and can be activated by a single button. Similarly, a dedicated message button bypasses the menu so that it is easy to access the inbox or prepare and send new messages. Speed dialling can be set up using three dedicated buttons (A, B & C) plus the normal 0-9 keys and then initiated by pressing and holding the appropriate key.

As well as the mains charger a USB cable is provided so that the phone may be connected to a computer for battery charging as well as the transfer of images. Other features include FM radio (headset provided), calculator, alarm, calendar and simple organiser. 

The Doro 612 has been designed to meet the needs of a growing number of the elderly who want phone which is easy to use and yet has a wide range of features. While not cheap, at about £100 on Amazon (SIM free), it does what is needed and hence merits serious consideration especially where it is feared that there is a serious possibility that someone may need to call for help.

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