Apr 17, 2015

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Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black/Silver

  • Large, clear icons and text for easy navigation
  • Physical buttons for Options, Home and Back
  • Smartly activated help functions

Doro 6625 – LIVERTO 820 BLACK/SILVER – 4.5IN TOUCH 3G ANDR.4.4 IN

List Price: £179.99

Price:

  1. 51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for first-time smartphone users, 17 Jan. 2015
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    DNR

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    This review is from: Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver (Electronics)
    I bought this phone for my mother who is in her 70s as a replacement for her worn out, first generation Nokia. My mum has about a year’s experience of using a tablet for email, apps and basic internet surfing, but isn’t very tech-savvy. She has never used a smartphone before. The Doro 820 has been a great success for her. It has a very simple, easy to use interface with a number of smart features for its target market. The issues that the predecessor 810 seemed to have had have been addressed, so the 820 is probably worth the extra cost over the 810.

    The phone is physically shaped to protect the screen if dropped. It comes with a cradle for easy continuous charging, or you can charge via the mini USB cable which also detaches from the 3-pin electric plug for charging in a car or laptop USB socket for example. The display is clearly laid out and very easy to read, with the most frequently used functions either on the front home-screen, or just a single tap away. It’s possible to customise the screens to place apps the user will use most frequently on the home-screen. There are three physical buttons on the phone for home-screen, go-back or phone keypad – the perfect “life-raft” for first time smartphone users to support learning by doing. Within a few hours my mum was confidently using the camera and reading emails.

    The Doro 820 comes SIM free so you can put any SIM you want into it. It also has WiFi so you can reduce data costs by connecting the phone to the WiFi networks the user will be in frequent range of. You can also download and print out a paper copy of the phone’s manual from the Doro website, which was very helpful for my mum to learn the features in her own time, or as a simple reminder. The manual is well written with easy to understand steps and diagrams to explain how to use each function (make a call, send an email, use the camera etc). The camera takes good quality pictures and even has a flash. There is also a front facing camera for video calls or selfies. The phone comes with in-ear headphones and a microphone for hands-free calls, or to listen to the in-built radio or music player.

    It’s possible to remotely access the phone to help the user but I haven’t enabled this feature out of respect for my mother’s privacy and independence. There is a button on the back of the phone that if the user presses it 3 times, the phone will start to auto-dial out to a series of pre-set numbers to call for help. This feature could be especially useful for a vulnerable user who may want to quickly contact family members in an emergency.

    Within hours of using the Doro 820 my mother has become a confident smartphone user. Obviously there are much cheaper mass-market smartphones available, but I’m glad I went for the Doro because I think my mother would have got in a tangle with the user interface of a mass-market phone without the clear signposting that the Doro offers.

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  2. Tudor Davies says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ideal for basic phone users., 5 Mar. 2015
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    Tudor Davies (holyhead, wales) –
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    This review is from: Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver (Electronics)
    What a wonderful little phone, I really like the feel of it, and the fact that it’s different to other smartphones around.

    I’ve had other phones, but find them too fiddly and full of things I will never use, so what’s the point of having them!
    This is a basic no nonsense phone which I,m happy with. It does the basics well, phone calls are very clear , texting/ emailing very easy (which helps if you have big hands), and apps and icons are nice and large. I love it, and the only slight gripe I have, is the price , I think it’s a little expensive, but I suppose that’s the price you have to pay for something a little different. Thoroughly recommended. Ps call assistance- that’s a good idea.

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Beware Doro users – Doro have gone backwards with this one., 27 Mar. 2015
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    Vera

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    This review is from: Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – Black/Silver (Electronics)
    I’m so disappointed. I am partially sighted and have used a Doro phone for a while (620) series. It is possible to invert the colour on the old phones and enlarge the text to a really large font. l assumed that the new Doro would have these features but be a more updated phone. Unfortunately this is not the case. Even selecting the very large text option, it is nowhere near the size of the old Doro phones and you cannot invert the colour. I took it into my local phone shop to see if they could help and they were really suprise at how small the supposed ‘Very large ‘text is.
    I phoned Doro in desperation and was told that they are aware of the problem and are working on another model which will probably include the features I need, but unfortunately, that’s for the future.
    I’m going to have to send it back.
    I say I’m disappointed because this is a lovely phone. It is easy to set up , includes help features and is an ideal phone for those not familiar with Smart Phones. If only I could see it.
    There seems to be a few features on the phone for better sound quality. Perhaps they’ve concentrated their efforts more on people with hearing problems than sight problems when they produced this phone.
    The icons on the front are quite big and clear but the contact list, text messaging was impossible for me.

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