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Doro PhoneEasy and HandlePlus: Speakeasy

There was a time when mobile phone design seemed to be heading down an ever-shrinking path. Phones were getting slimmer and keypads were getting smaller in a bid to make mobiles more pocket-friendly. Things came to a head with the release of the Samsung X830 – a phone so narrow that it condensed the keypad into two columns instead of the usual three.

Thankfully we’ve seen a return to finger-friendlier designs since. The Doro PhoneEasy and HandleEasy range of phones are big, bright and they keep things nice and simple. As Doro mobiles are designed primarily for people with impairments such as reduced vision or dexterity, they all boast easy to use buttons, vibrant displays and legible fonts. All of the current ranges of Doro mobiles also have hearing aid compatibility ratings of at least T3/M3.

The Doro PhoneEasy 338gsm comes with with a black and white display (white characters on a black background) and three speed dial buttons (A, B and C) making it easier for the user to dial friends and family. The Doro HandleEasy 326gsm, which is slimmer than the 338, has a soft touch coating and four speed dial keys. The PhoneEasy 410gsm, Doro’s first flip phone, boasts a larger screen, making it ideal for sending texts as well as calling.

The 342gsm and 345gsm PhoneEasy handsets feature bright colour screens making it easy to read messages and navigate menus. Finally the HandlePlus 334gsm is perhaps the most basic of the lot. It features just four large preset buttons for speed dialling, two keys for call and cancel, one key to lock the phone and another SOS key for use in emergencies. Definitely not one for texting fans but perfect for someone who needs to call people in an emergency.

Doro PhoneEasy and HandlePlus phones cost around £100-£150 (exc. VAT) on pay as you go and are available from Parkway Telecom and the RNIB.