We recently aimed our critical eyes at the mobile designed with the elderly and hard of hearing in mind. This is the PhoneEasy 410gsm, a similar mobile from Doro that adds a few extra features here and there. At a pay as you go price of £100, it's a little more expensive than the 409, so is there any reason to prefer this mobile over the cheaper model? It's also available for free on a £15-per-month, 24-month contract, or SIM-free for around £120., an ultra-simple
Our keen techno-mathematical minds tell us the Doro 410 is approximately one better than the 409. As such, we expect a few extra touches. Cosmetically, this clamshell phone shares some of the downsides that plagued the 409, notably a bulky, plasticky frame. This phone is pleasingly light, however, weighing an extremely dainty 99g, so it won't weigh you down when you're out and about.
The 410 comes in three colours -- red, black and white. Our version is the red model, which we have to say looks really sharp thanks to the slight gloss Doro has applied. The 409 is only available in black and, for this reason, we reckon the 410 scores higher on a purely aesthetic level.
Flipping the 410 open, you'll see an alphanumeric keypad with those extra-large buttons the PhoneEasy range is known for. These are big and comfy enough that they shouldn't put any strain on your hands or eyes. After years of using phones with teeny-tiny buttons or impossible touchscreen keyboards, these oversized buttons will come as a huge relief.
Disappointingly, the display is no bigger than that on the 409. With such a vast amount of space to play with, a 50.8mm (2-inch) display seems a little on the small side, and perhaps not ideal for those who aren't 100 per cent in the eyesight department. Still, with a 176x220-pixel resolution, everything on this screen looks clear, with no annoying blurring around the text or icons.
On the back of the 410, there's a great big emergency button. When pressed, the phone sounds a noisy alarm for a few seconds, then sends a pre-defined text message to up to five different numbers. It then proceeds to call those numbers one by one until somebody answers -- potentially an extremely useful feature. If you hit the button by accident, you do have until the end of the alarm to cancel the emergency.
The 410 also has a hearing-aid-compatibility rating of M3/T4, which means its speakers will work better with hearing aids than most other mobiles.