Doro PhoneEasy 615 mobile phone

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is targeted specifically at senior users

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Doro PhoneEasy 615
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  • Doro PhoneEasy 615
  • Doro PhoneEasy 615

Pros

  • Ease of use
  • Large buttons and loud volume
  • ICE menu and emergency key

Cons

  • Flip hard to open single-handedly
  • No way to turn off status LED
  • A little expensive

Bottom Line

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is a comfortable, well designed flip phone with extra large buttons, an easy to read display and a simple user interface. It's hard to flip open single-handedly and we think it's a little expensive, but if you're an older user and want a simple mobile phone, the Doro PhoneEasy 615 is one of the best around.

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Most of the latest smartphones focus more on surfing the Web, watching videos, playing games and downloading the latest apps than they do making phone calls. For senior or less tech savvy users, this poses a significant problem. Enter Doro, a Swedish company that builds mobile phones specifically for senior users. The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is a comfortable, well designed flip phone with extra large buttons, an easy to read display and a simple user interface.

A flip back to yesteryear

The PhoneEasy 615 is a throwback to yesteryear where phones were designed for calls and text.

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is a replacement for the PhoneEasy 410s. Like its predecessor, it's a flip or "clamshell" phone that is constructed largely from quality feeling plastics. It's a throwback to yesteryear where phones were designed for calls and text and flip phones were almost as fashionable as the iPhone is today. Though we aren't hugely fond of flip phones anymore, the design makes sense because it prevents users from accidentally making calls.

Although not exactly attractive, the Doro PhoneEasy 615 doesn't feel cheap or nasty. The rear of the phone has a rubberised feel that makes it comfortable to grip and hold. The sides and inside of the handset are finished in matte white plastic, which effectively masks fingerprints. We also like the glossy front. Although it does attract fingerprints, the metallic looking plastic feels sturdy and well constructed.

The flip design of the Doro PhoneEasy 615 makes sense because it prevents users from accidentally making calls.
The flip design of the Doro PhoneEasy 615 makes sense because it prevents users from accidentally making calls.

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 has an external display that shows incoming caller ID and any missed calls or messages, a thoughtful inclusion given the target market. However, we wish the handset was easier to flip open. Although it's possible to flip open the PhoneEasy 615 single-handedly, it's a little awkward to get your finger under the front. This is best achieved using one hand to hold the phone and the other hand to flip it open.

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 has an LED status light on the front (which annoyingly can't be turned off), volume buttons on the left side and a 2.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB charging port on the right side. There's also a dedicated emergency button on the back that can contact up to five pre-assigned numbers and sound a loud alarm when pressed. This is a handy feature that provides a little extra piece of mind for older users. It will send a predefined SMS message to all pre-assigned contacts and will then call the numbers on the list until a call is answered.

A dedicated emergency button can contact up to five pre-assigned numbers and sound a loud alarm when pressed.
A dedicated emergency button can contact up to five pre-assigned numbers and sound a loud alarm when pressed.

Large buttons, easy to read display

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 has extra large, backlit buttons that click reassuringly when pressed, along with a display that is surprisingly easy to read in sunlight. The keys offer good tactility and are slightly raised and the screen possesses reasonable vertical viewing angles. Horizontal viewing angles are less impressive.

The large icons and text displayed on the PhoneEasy 615's screen makes it easy to read.

Using the Doro PhoneEasy 615 is very easy. The main menu is simple and effective and comes in the form of a list that you simply scroll up and down with the arrow keys to navigate. We also love the fact that you can remove items from the menu list if you wish. The large icons and text displayed on the PhoneEasy 615's screen makes it easy to read and use and there's an extra large (read: huge) font option if the standard large size isn't big enough. Two selection buttons sit above the arrow and answer/end call buttons, while we like the shortcut keys for the camera and messaging. There's also A, B and C buttons that can be assigned to frequent phone numbers for speed dialling.

The PhoneEasy 615 has extra large buttons that make it easy to navigate.
The PhoneEasy 615 has extra large buttons that make it easy to navigate.

The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is a 3G capable device and its call quality is more than adequate. Both the earpiece volume and the speakerphone volume are louder than most other mobile phones on the market and the phone is is compatible with M3/T3 or higher hearing aids.

Despite primarily functioning as a phone, the Doro PhoneEasy 615 does have a few other notable features. It can send and receive MMS messages and type using predictive text, two functions that didn't exist on the previous PhoneEasy 410s. It also has a basic, 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom and a single LED flash, Bluetooth connectivity, an image viewer, alarm, calendar, calculator and an FM radio. The PhoneEasy 615 can store up to 300 numbers in its phonebook, with up to three numbers assigned per user.

The PhoneEasy 615 can store up to 300 numbers in its phonebook.
The PhoneEasy 615 can store up to 300 numbers in its phonebook.

The In Case of Emergency (ICE) function is also notable. This feature allows PhoneEasy 615 owners to enter critical information about themselves in case of an emergency. Information entered can include name, birth, height, weight, language, health insurance details, emergency contact details, doctor contact details and blood type, along with any medical conditions, allergies, vaccinations and medication.

Doro claims the PhoneEasy 615 has a talktime of up to three hours and a standby time of up to 22 days, so it should easily last over a full day with light use. Doro bundles the PhoneEasy 615 with a handy desktop charging cradle along with a standard wall charger and wired headset.

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The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is available through Vodafone for $149 but can also be purchased on the company's $19 contract plan over 24 months. The Doro PhoneEasy 615 is also sold through almost 300 Optus retail stores, 170 Big W stores and 370 Dick Smith (DSE) stores across Australia.

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Lisa Morris

1

How do you change the word selection on predictive text on this phone?

Allan

2

Even Telstra customer service have not been able to allow mms on my Doro 615 Any ideas?

Knut Ångström

3

When I tried to connect the battery charger to the USB on my computer it seems as it burned a fuse in the computer. That USB can now only be used for units with their own power supply. E.g. the printer and camera.

david

4

cant get the phone to operate through usb cable with windows 7 on laptop

GMH

5

Just purchased one this month and find it quite easy to flip open,maybe an improvement has been made,I have Arthritis and have no problems with it,very user friendly.

pat

6

how do I download photos, my pc wont accept the usb it says usb not allowed.

Tony Williams

7

I bought this phone for my elderly dad and despite all info, he claims it's too quiet for him to hear comfortably, even with a hearing aid. He also claims the volume buttons on the side do nothing. Is there something amiss with the phone, or is he just too hard-of-hearing after a lifetime in the workshop? Tony

Sara Lee

8

Callers name not shown when receiving texts even though names are in contacts told its a software problem can be rectified fot £25 but has to be sent back to Dora
V

Pat

9

How do I download photos from message - when I press OK and scroll down to the inbox and press OK, the sender's phone number comes up, then the hour glass and nothing?

Iain

10

Telstra's on-line MMS setup doesn't list the 615. I chose the 605, and the next page says "please ensure your mobile phone is switched on and the below details are correct. Select the settings required and press Send." There is no "Send"... So, in spite of the claims when I bought the phone, no MMS. Hmmm...

David

11

WHERE DO I OBTAIN A BLUETOOTH DRIVER FOR A DORO 615 TO CONNECT WITH AN ACER TRAVELMATE 7520 USING WINDOWS VISTA PLEASE?

tom

12

i want a extended battery for the doro 618

Kperan

13

For seniors this phone is ideal, simple with large keys...Except for the cheap pizz poor 3 mp camera.

William Mooney

14

I cannot seem to get a compatible handsfree kit for the 615 all kits are compatible with 332 and 341 only ???? any ideas

Dee

15

dora 615 wont stop blinking after failed attempt to down load photos any answers out there what to do

josephine gage

16

green light wont stop flashing even though no caller. taken out sim card and cleaned it but still it flashes

Nadia

17

Some comments I read elsewhere about this phone said it was patronising to assume someone old must be stupid and couldn't use a smartphone. Yes old is not stupid, but it definitely can mean poor (or no) vision, shaky arthritic fingers and bad hearing, This phone is not intended for someone who can use and wants a qwerty keyboard, but someone who finds it physically difficult or impossible to use a touch screen or tiny keys. Plus there are still a lot of people who are very active but retired before computers and mobile phones becomes commonplace and who has never really caught up with them - I have at least 3 such people in my extended family, of all whom are still living in their own homes quite comfortably and who do use some technology (once it's set up for them and they are shown how) but who just cannot use a smartphone. So I think this phone is absolutely brilliant and long overdue, even if it isn't perfect yet.

Tony

18

dora 615 - geen light wont go away after 'in box' shows unintelligible phone number and then flashes 'downloading' for an instant. No option to delete or anything else. What do I do?

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