Generally speaking, those in their twilight years are not the core demographic of today's fast-moving tech companies. Poor eyesight, weak hearing and inexperience with computers are considerations that you're unlikely to see addressed in the next iPhone. Doro seems to understand these issues, though, and the PhoneEasy 410 might be just what Nanna is looking for.
To accommodate its target market, the PhoneEasy 410 is a handset with an emphasis on function over form. The handset harks back to the early noughties with its thick clamshell design and soft-touch plastic exterior. The 410 comes in three shades, a burgundy, a white and a dark charcoal, and while they aren't particularly eye-catching, we do imagine these colour schemes would be easy to identify when you're trying to locate your ringing phone before the caller hangs up.
Flip open the clamshell and you'll find a sight for strained eyes: a number-pad comprised of some genuinely huge digits. Doro has made good use of the space on this pad and has given each enormous key a bit of breathing room on all sides. Its 2-inch colour display should be fine for most users, though its low pixel resolution and comparatively low brightness just barely meet our minimum expectations.
On the outside of the phone you'll find two notification lights, one for messages and one to remind you to recharge the phone. On the back is a large external speaker grille and one of the phone's few features designed specifically for the elderly, an emergency call button which dials numbers that you preset into an emergency dialling list on the phone. You can also set the emergency button to activate a large alarm to attract attention from those close at hand.
Features and performance
If you're familiar with our smartphone reviews here on CNET, then you may expect us to use jargon like 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS. Not today; the spec sheet for the PhoneEasy 410 reads like a prepaid handset from 2006. It has an FM radio and a calculator, it can send and receive SMS messages and is hearing aid-compatible with Bluetooth.