What is the Doro PhoneEasy 520X?

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X is primarily aimed at older people who may struggle to get to grips with today's feature packed smartphones. It's a simple _phone_ with easy to read menus and large buttons, but it has a few extra interesting features. You can currently buy it online for a little bit over £100 SIM Free.

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Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Design

The 530X looks not too dissimilar to some of Nokia's basic handsets. It has a traditional candy bar design with the screen at the top and keypad sitting beneath. However, the buttons on the keypad are a good deal larger than usual and slightly raised to make them easier to press. The keypad also has dedicated keys for the camera, SMS feature. Interestingl, this model has a torch function built-in, so there's a dedicated torch button on the right hand edge of the phone.

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In the past Doro's phones have often felt a bit plasticky and look old fashioned, but the light brown metallic effect used on the top and rear of this handset, as well as the rounded edges, give the 520X a more contemporary feel. Doro has also toughened this _phone_ up compared to its other models, so it's dust, shock and splash proof. There's also a chunky, rotating lock switch on the back to seal in the battery once it's in place, so it doesn’t pop out if the phone is dropped.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Screen

The screen on the Doro PhoneEasy 520X can't compete with the large high-resolution displays on today's smartphones, but then we wouldn't really expect it to. It's fairly small, measuring 2-inches across the diagonal, but it's large enough for making calls and sending messages. It's also very bright and easy to read.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Interface and Usability

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X has a very basic user interface. The menu is a series of pages that you scroll up and down through using the arrow buttons directly beneath the display. Each page shows a single icon for stuff like the phone book, settings and messaging menus, so it's easy to pick up and use even if you're not a very technically minded user.

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Doro PhoneEasy 520X – Contacts and Calling

The basic contacts book can store up to 300 different contact cards. Each entry can contain the name along with home, office and mobile numbers.

There's also an option in the phone's menu for entering ICE (InCase of Emergency) information. This includes medical details covering items such as blood type, allergies and medication that might be useful to first responders.

The phone has a handy emergency assist button on the rear, too. If you press and hold it the phone starts to dial a list of up to five numbers until someone picks up. It will also send an emergency text to these numbers in case no one is immediately available to take a call.

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We've go no complaints when it comes to call quality. The Doro phone Easy 520X's earpiece is louder than the vast majority of other phones, and despite this it doesn't distort when it's set to full volume. As a result it would be a good choice for those who are a bit hard of hearing

The microphone delivers good quality, clean speech too, and reception was on the whole very strong. So, overall, this phone is an excellent handset for general calling duties.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X – Camera

This handset's camera has a lowly 3.0MP sensor. The lens is fixed focus only, but the camera does have an LED flash. The shots it takes are just about passable in quality terms, but focus isn’t very sharp and colours are usually a tad over saturated.

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Doro PhoneEasy 520X – Apps and Multimedia

The 520X is a very basic phone, so there's no facility for installing extra apps. However, it does have some handy built-in functions, including a calculator, alarm clock, simple organiser that lets you set reminders for upcoming events, and an FM tuner that has pretty decent reception.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Battery Life and Connectivity

As you'd expect the 520X has bare bones connectivity. It supports 2G and 3G networks as well as Bluetooth. However, there's no Wi-Fi, 4G or NFC support, although they're not really relevant on a simple phone like this.

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Doro quotes a talk time of 10 hours and a standby time of over 14days, which seemed about right from our time with the phone. Naturally, that's much longer than you'll get from today's smartphones.

Doro PhoneEasy 520X - Verdict

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X isn't exactly overflowing with features, but it's nicely designed for its target market of older users thanks to its easy to use menu system and large keypad. We also like some of the extra functions, such as the ICE contacts screen and assistance button on the rear. If you're looking for a basic, easy to use phone for an older relative, it's a good buy.

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Colours tend to look oversaturated.

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The camera does have an LED flash, but low light pictures still look very noisy.