On the top of the phone is the power button plus an LED flashbulb. The left spine is home to the volume rocker and flashlight key while the headset and charger jacks are on the right. On the back of the phone are the external speaker and a large one-touch emergency call button.
The Doro PhoneEasy 345 has very basic features, which is fitting for its target demographic. It has a 100-entry phonebook with room in each entry for three numbers. Though you can't personalize a contact with a ringtone, you do get 20 polyphonic ringtones with the phone. You can also add up to five contacts to an emergency call list. When you press the emergency call button on the back, the phone will automatically dial those five numbers.
You also get vibrate mode, voice mail, caller ID, nine speed dial memories, a speakerphone, a flashlight, an alarm clock, a calculator, and even an FM radio. If you're a little more tech savvy, you also get basic text messaging plus Bluetooth. You can either type out messages in ABC mode, meaning you have to spell out the word letter by letter, or "spell correct" mode, which is essentially T9 auto word completion. You can also deactivate the SMS function if you don't see yourself ever using it.
We're also happy to see simple games included in the phone. There are only two--Snake and Smash--but they're still quite fun. You can customize the display with one of eight included wallpaper backgrounds, and you can have the menu in 14 languages.
We tested the Doro PhoneEasy 345 in San Francisco using the Consumer Cellular network, which rides on top of the AT&T network. We received full signal most of the time. We were very impressed with the call quality overall. On our end, we heard our callers loud and clear with little distortion. There was plenty of volume and the voices sounded natural, as if on a landline.
On their end, callers said we sounded great. They did report a bit of fuzziness, but it was nothing distracting. Voice sounded natural and volume was good too. When we turned on the speakerphone, they heard a tiny bit of echo, but that's nothing too unusual. On our end, we thought they sounded fine via the speakerphone. The voice was a little harsher and less natural, but they still sounded quite loud and clear.
The Doro PhoneEasy 345 has a rated battery life of 3 hours talk time and a standby time of 11.7 days. It has a tested talk time of 3 hours and 40 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 0.62 watts per kilogram.