Doro 8050 SmartPhone for the older person. 

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Most people with limited sight or poor hearing will have heard of Doro and over the years I have reviewed a number of their handsets. Outwardly it looks like any recent SmartPhone so there is no embarrassment about using it. Right from the off things on the Home screen are just that more widely spaced and more easily focused upon.

Doro 8050 13MP Camera Smartphone
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Going around the outside has the on/off button on the right side, 23 seconds boot to Home and three seconds shutdown to blank screen. The base has USB ‘C’ for charging, microphone and speaker. The left side has separate buttons for volume down and up, and, the SIM and Micro SD Card entry point. The top has 3.5mm sockets for earbuds or headphone. The back has camera and LED flash 1cm in and 1cm down from the top left edge, below this is the Help button but anyone having a casual look would think it’s a fingerprint reader.

The SmartPhone is 15x7.5x.9cm and it weighs 165 grams. The viewable screen is 12.2x6.2cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 5.45inches. The screen resolution is 720x1440.

It runs Android 9 so quite up to date.

However everything is a little more widely spread and things like settings are broken into larger groups for easy access and should those headings not reveal what is required then go the last setting Advanced Settings and then type/speak what you want to see and it will bring it up.

The front screen has clock and ISP top left with other information like Wi-Fi and 4G as well as battery percent top right. Day date and weather icon together with temperature below this then seven icons in two rows a semi-permanent bar with Call, View, Send and Search and finally the Google bar. To see an alphabetical list of all icons slide up from the semi-permanent bar to reveal.

The default home screen of a starlit night sky makes the white icon explanations stand out. It comes with 16GB of storage and around 5GB of that is available. The processor is 1.3GHz which should handle most things without delay.

The 3000MaH battery is stated to last 16hours plus.

The rear camera is 13MP and the selfie offering is 5MP.

This is capable of doing the same things a more expensive SmartPhone can do, maybe a little slower, the screen is sharp and clear but will probably display less information than those with more tightly packed pixels.

The main benefits of a Doro phone are that it very easy to read and also has far more volume and clarity of sound than a lot of other offerings. You may need a micro SD card to expand storage it fits into the same holder as a Nano SIM.

The Doro 8050 Smart Phone is available SIM free from Amazon for £200.

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Comment by paul_smart, June 3, 2020 7:00

This is of course the Doro 8050 as stated at the end not the 8500 in the title.

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