Nov 14, 2015

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Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – White/Black

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – White/Black

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – White/Black

Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone - White/Black

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

Doro 6620 – Android 4.4.2, Speaker phone, Assistance Button, Colour Display 4.5″, Resolution 940 x 560, Micro Sim, Micro SD up to 32GB, Battery 1900mAh Li-ion, camera 8mp

List Price: £179.99

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  1. 104 of 105 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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    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. Bald Eagle says:
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a great phone for those of us with limited dexterity, 18 Jan. 2015
    Bald Eagle (Scotland) –

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    This is a great phone for those of us with limited dexterity. The screen is clear and the sound excellent. For what you get it is excellent value for money.


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  3. 23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My brother with Cerebral Palsy is over the moon and loves it!, 25 Jun. 2015
    Technouz (United Kingdom) –

    This review is from: Doro Liberto 820 SIM-Free Smartphone – White/Black (Electronics)

    I was sent a review copy of this product free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I have thoroughly tested the product to the best of my ability before posting this review.

    I’m sold. Before I begin, I have to say that this is quite easily one of the most satisfying smartphones I have ever used. Though it is not perfect (there are some areas that need improvement – but I’ll discuss those later), it makes a very good first attempt at filling a hole in the smartphone market.

    The Doro Liberto 820 is aimed at those with accessibility problems, ie. senior members of society, persons with varying disabilities, poor vision and poor hearing. Though I never got round to reviewing it’s predecessor, the Liberto 810, most other reviewers have said that the Liberto 820 is a very positive improvement so that’s a good start.

    + Features

    – Network: GSM/3G
    – Dimensions: 137x71x10mm
    – Display: 940x560px 4.5inch LCD
    – Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4.2 w/Doro UI
    – Memory: Built-in 4GB + up to 32GB MicroSD
    – Camera: 8MP rear camera with LED flash, Autofocus and 720p video recording
    1.3MP front camera
    – Sound: Built-in ringtones, speakerphone
    – Connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, WiFi, GPRS
    – Battery: 1900mAh battery, up to 16hrs talk time, 400 hours standby

    + Design & Build

    The Doro Liberto 820 doesn’t boast any award-winning design features – it was never supposed to. The shell is made entirely from plastic, and the phone houses several familiar physical buttons including three software buttons at the bottom of the screen, a volume rocker, camera button and a power button. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the screen alongside a microUSB port for charging.

    The three software buttons are on a lip which makes pressing the buttons a lot easier and less straining, as well as protecting the screen when laid on a flat surface.

    The back of the phone features the 8MP camera, a Doro Assist button and a speaker. The rear cover comes off to reveal the 19000mAh battery, a MicroSD card slot and a Micro SIM slot.

    Even though the shell is entirely plastic, the Doro Liberto 820 does not feel tacky. It has a very solid build which oozes quality. At a centimetre thick, it’s also not rivalling any of the top-end smartphones on the market – but that doesn’t matter because the ergonomics are designed to make it easy to hold.

    The 4.5inch screen means that the Doro Liberto 820 is very large. I am personally not a fan of such a large device as it become difficult to operate with only one hand. To solve the issue, the screen lock button has been moved to the right hand side which does make things better, but it can still be difficult reaching the upper edges of the screen whilst operating with one hand.

    Before moving on, it is important to also note that this device is aimed at those with accessibility problems. I can see this phone being a huge hit for people with mental and physical disabilities – however the construction materials would come in to question when considering the success of the device in this particular market. Can this phone survive several drops?

    + User Interface

    Doro have done a very good job in ensuring the device runs a relatively new version of Android. The Android OS is modified and overlaid with a custom Doro interface. This is brilliant, as it gives the user access to all Google Play Store apps without the frankly ugly, confusing and daunting stock Android OS.

    Doro have simply stripped down the user interface (UI) to big buttons, clear text, lots of images and not too much sliding. For example, swiping left and right on the lock screen can be disabled to avoid confusion, the application menu is not scrolled through but in fact navigated by pressing the page numbers in large buttons. The settings toggles in the menus are large and clear, and relatively straight-forward to use.

    Whilst all the stock applications have been simplified and adjusted to ensure shy smartphone users feel confident whilst using the device, there is still the option of downloading standard applications for Android via the Google Play Store. This is a key winning feature as the Play Store is stocked with many applications aimed at those with disabilities and other needs. It also keeps the device relevant – and most importantly, a Smartphone.

    It still has all the features of a smartphone: a camera, email, web browser, social media, qwerty keyboard and apps.

    This phone is likely to appeal to those who want a flashy Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 but are daunted by the prospect of using them. Apple’s iOS is probably the most straight-forward interface to use, but even with the accessibility options toggled, it can still be complicated to use. And complication is not the only worry, iPhones are…

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