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Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone

Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone

Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone

Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone

  • Audible Dialling – This function clearly tells you the numbers you are dialling while making a call
  • Voice Equalizer – A built-in voice equaliser has been designed to boost the treble or bass as these frequencies can be difficult to hear with age
  • Loud Voice Amplification – There are six volume levels to choose from, to make it easier for the user to hear during conversation
  • Help Call Button – This button can be programmed so when pressed it will send a distress SOS text message to a designated phone number as well as continuously calling up to five pre-registered contacts. This reassuring feature means that family, friends a
  • Charger Cradle – The user can charge the phone simply by placing it in the charger cradle, or by plugging it into the cable

List Price: £89.99

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  1. DaveSuffolk says:
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well-designed phone for older people (and the rest of us!), 12 Mar. 2012
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    DaveSuffolk (Suffolk, England) –

    This review is from: Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone (Electronics)
    This is a well-made phone and the designers have obviously given quite a lot of thought to how it will be used and who will use it. It’s actually a similar size to Panasonic’s cordless phones, which is good for older people but not so good if you like to slide your mobile in your jeans pocket. However it does mean that the display and the keys are both of a decent size, and the feel and operation of it are familiar to those who are not used to mobiles.

    The screen is clear and colourful, the buttons are big and easy to press, the phone speaks the numbers as you press them which can help those with poor eyesight to know they’ve not made a mistake. The lock is a slider on the side, which again is easy to understand and use. It has a torch built in to the top with a separate button to operate, and would save carrying a separate torch on dark nights. It won’t light the way home but will help you find your keys and the keyhole to put them in.

    Charging is easy with a separate charger unit, just like the cordless phone, and it won’t overcharge as it switches off when done. There’s an emergency button on the back which can be programmed with up to 5 numbers and a mobile for a text message. It sends the text first and then rings the numbers in turn until someone answers. Not sure if it counts an answerphone as an answer, which might be a bit unreliable. To avoid accidental calls the button must be held for 3 seconds or pressed 3 times quickly. If someone was really in trouble this might be difficult and would the user remember what to do if they don’t use it very often (which hopefully they won’t)? Still it could be helpful, I wouldn’t rely on it though.

    Overall a nice phone, easy for someone to get used to, and well-made. I give it five.

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  2. AlanMusicMan says:
    111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Big Buttons, Simple Functions, Hits its Market Spot On., 23 Nov. 2011
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    AlanMusicMan (North Cornwall) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone (Electronics)
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    One of the odd things about miniaturization is how counter it can run to usability. My sense is that most product designers and engineers are young with the excellent eyesight that usually comes with youth.

    As I have attained middle age and my eyesight has got less acute, I have found it more and more of a pain that most gadgets have got smaller, and thus their displays and buttons harder to read without popping glasses on. I can only imagine how off-putting this must be for people rather older than me, and how excluded it must make them tend to feel.

    Of course the heaping of more and more functions and applications into consumer devices such as phones also runs somewhat counter to the needs of older users, most of whom have little or no interest or use for anything other than basic phone and SMS functions.

    Fortunately though, some manufacturers have recognised this problem: There are quite a few “big button” phones available now. This is one such from Panasonic, the KX-TU301. Catchy name, Panasonic! How about something more descriptive like the “Easy-See”?

    The phone is well made, the buttons are large (each is about twice the size of the buttons on Nokia 3200 or 6200 series phones seemingly used by many older people). However, the buttons don’t have that toy “fisher-Price” look that some big button phones have. The display is also high-contrast and the coloured icons easy to differentiate without reading the text.

    Very easy to get this phone going, I just took the SIM card out of an existing Vodafone and put it into this one, battery charge (on the supplied charger and drop-in cradle) and after entering time and date, off we go!

    I have no way to try it, but apparently the phone can be used with hearing aid loops: But, the built in earpiece volume actually can go pretty darn loud. Number displays for contacts and incoming calls are nice and big – I can easily read them sans glasses.

    The only thing I am not really sure about for the target market is the use of the four-way joystick-like button navigation.

    Why do so many older people struggle with modern consumer devices? Well, I’ve tried to show quite a few older people how to use modern phones and found that, apart from the eyesight issue, their main confusion stems from the fact that one button can do different things, according to context. In the pre-mobile phone world, no device had anything other than single-function buttons. In my experience, older people get very confused by that no longer being true. Having said that, I don’t know how you would fit all the required single function buttons onto a mobile phone, so there’s no way around it. Anyone under 60 has no problem with the notion, so I guess it’s a problem only for a minority.

    Navigation is, once the multi-functional button issue is overcome, very very easy with clear on-screen direction.

    As with most of these kinds of phones, you can set-up a “panic” button which allows just one key press to make a call for help to whatever number you want to set up (999, son or daughter’s mobile etc).

    I imagine that with an ageing, but increasingly technically literate, population there will have to be a greater recognition of eyesight issues from smart phone & gadget manufacturers in the years ahead.

    Overall, as a Christmas or Birthday gift for an elderly friend or relative, or one with poor eyesight, this would be an excellent choice.

    Alan T

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  3. S. Browning says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great simple phone for sight-impaired people, 18 Jan. 2012
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    S. Browning (UK) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic KX-TU301EME Easy-Use Mobile Phone (Electronics)
    I bought this for my 80-yr-old mum, having watched her struggle to use her existing ‘normal’ phone. She is partially sighted and has diabetes, meaning her sense of touch isn’t very sensitive so she has trouble both seeing and feeling small fiddly buttons. She loves this phone and finds it easy to use, with a lovely bright, clear display. She can press the buttons easily, and see what she has pressed. I also like the fact that the keylock is a separate button on the side, not a sequence of keys one has to remember!

    Two small niggles:
    1. Although it says that it can use most SIM cards, it failed to recognise my mum’s, admittedly rather old, Virgin Mobile PAYG SIM. No real problem, as I happened to have a new Orange SIM, which worked just fine.
    2. For a phone that is intended for use by elderly and sight-impaired, the user manual is in the usual tiny impenetrable print, which Mum struggled to read. I had to set it up for her, and it was easy – but I’m very familiar with the technology, so didn’t really need the manual anyway. But why couldn’t they produce a large-print ‘quick-start’ guide?

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