Not everybody wants a smartphone. In fact, there is a healthy number of customers who just want a device that is simple and easy-to-use. And that’s exactly what you get with the Doro 6520.
The Doro 6520 is a clamshell, or flip phone as we used to call them, with a 2.8-inch display that’s easy to read.
This display is not a touchscreen but it’s still easy to navigate the device’s menu through the physical directional keys on the phone.
There is also a full numerical keypad and a number of shortcut keys to create messages or activate the camera.
The buttons are big and evenly spaced apart with numerals and symbols big enough to read without wearing your glasses.
In the folded position, the Doro 6520 is small (it’s just over 10cm long) and light (it’s only 108g).
And despite not being technically a smartphone, the Doro 6520 can still handle email and has a browser so you can surf the web and also access Facebook.
There is also an organiser, a calculator, some built-in games (including Snake) and an FM radio.
So even though it looks like a phone from 12 years ago, it still has all the mod cons.
The camera on-board has a 2-megapixel resolution which takes acceptable photos.
The phone’s ringer is also loud and clear so you’ll never miss a call.
The device is also HAC (hearing aid compatible) so calls and notifications will come straight through to your hearing aid.
Also on board is an assistance button on the back of the phone which you can set to call a number or send a text message automatically when it is pressed.
The Doro 6520 is a 3G phone available through Optus. It even comes with a prepaid SIM card and is priced at $119.
This is an ideal device for an older user who doesn’t want to get bogged down with a complicated smartphone but still wants to stay in touch.