Doro PhoneEasy 622 Review
Take yourself back to a time when mobile phones had standby times of around 16 days and clamshell designs were not only cool but they were must have. You’re there now? Great! Well let’s begin…
A number of months ago I started to took at look at some of the offerings that Doro had, to see where their place in the market was and also to see what technology was available to those who either weren’t able to use a smart phone or those that simply didn’t want to use one.
In my findings I was pleasantly surprised to see that Doro not only offered a great solution to people in the categories above but in fact they were designing them with those very people in heart and mind.
When Doro announced that they had planned to release a 3G compatible handset that could be managed from the cloud using Doro Experience Manager I was desperate to get hands on with it, simply because until now, the phones that I had used in the Doro range where completely opposite to this.
Could Doro modernise their range to feature today’s technologies without ruining their brand reputation and the ease of use they build their name upon?
[toggle title=”Buying The Phone” state=”open” ]You can pick up the Doro PhoneEasy 622 from Clove Technology for £118.80[/toggle]
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- Doro PhoneEasy 622 Handset
- 800 mAh Battery
- Phone Charging Dock
- Phone Lanyard
- Micro USB Cable
- 3 Pin UK Charging Adapter
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[toggle title=”Design & Build Quality” state=”open” ]The handset is manufactured from a base of strong plastics and is nothing short of being solid. Designed in a clamshell form the handset features soft rubber keys throughout excluding the volume control keys which are made of plastic.
The downside to the design (depending on viewpoint) is the battery cover which is fairly difficult to remove.
In terms of aesthetics, Doro have really raised the bar with this one starting from the front of the device which features a front facing camera, LED Torch (flash), LED SMS Indicator, LED Battery Indicator and a secondary display.
The rear of the device features an external loudspeaker and an emergency assistance button (more on that later).[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Display” state=”open” ]The PhoneEasy 622 features 1 LED display on the front of the camera which is used for displaying call details / the time and 1 LCD on the inside with a 320 x 240 resolution on a 49 x 36 screen.
The icons neither look pixelated nor “weird” which is a problems that some phones with this resolution and size have. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Performance” state=”open” ]The one good thing that phones of this nature offer is that they out perform almost every other handset on the market, not just in battery but also in UI performance (though the same can’t be said for web).
Owing to the fact that the handset was designed to work with the hardware it was given is clearly seen throughout the device as it never stumbles or freezes just like the old faithful Nokia devices we were once used to.
The battery life is something else, having a whopping 16 days standby time and a 10 hour talk time you simply can’t fault it.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”User Interface” state=”open” ]The Doro interface is special and I mean that in the best possible way. Designed completely with the end user in mind it offers the ability to have certain features removed from usage such as camera, internet, radio and more.
This design truly offers a unique end user experience and is not only simplistic to navigate but also simplistic to manage.
One of the best feature of the handset is the Doro Experience® Manager which allows a device manager (person) to log onto the service via the web and manage the handset remotely by having the ability to add or remove specially selected applications, share photos, gain access to informative and entertaining web radio, bookmark favourite websites and much more. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Still and Video Camera Performance” state=”open” ]The phone has a single 2MP camera which is used for video, still and video calls. Sadly the camera is the one part of the phone that I feel could be better.
The images are grainy both in still and video mode and you have to take the phone a good distance away from the object in order to fit it in as seen on the images below.
Though the camera itself is fairly poor it’s worth noting that the features of the camera itself aren’t too bad. With a 4x digital zoom and up to a + and – 2 on white balance I was a little surprised. The camera and video also make use of the LED Torch on the phone for use as a flash on stills or as a light during video shoots.[/toggle]
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- Design and weight
- LCD Screen
- Battery Life
- Doro Experience Manager
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[toggle title=”Conclusion” state=”open” ]At the top of the review I asked “could Doro modernise their range to feature today’s technologies without ruining their brand reputation and the ease of use they build their name upon?” well the short answer to that is yes.
The addition of 3G to this handset has only gone to prove that you can still have all the modern delights of a colour screen, 3G internet speeds and a decent battery life if you take away the need for touch screen and intelligent (or even dumb) apps.
Of course the above statement makes it sound like the big players could take a leaf out of Doro’s book however sadly in a world that’s driven by powerful CPU’s and a need for RAM this could never be the case though they are proof that such designs still have a market.
Taking away from the market that this phone was designed for this handset is more than useful. Though the price it sit’s at just now is a little on the high side for an emergency or spare phone I would seriously consider this (as a smartphone user) to be a necessity in my car (along with a topped up PAYG sim card).
In terms of the market it was designed for, you really won’t get a better phone and though we only score it 8.2 the handset exceeded our expectations and will receive a Land of Technology recommendation. [/toggle]