A little background
Not everyone finds the hyper sensitivity of a beautifully crafted Corning’s Gorilla glass device with full capacitive output a delight to use. For a mature audience, many smartphones are difficult devices to engage with. Age brings an array on infirmities – that can affect a range of faculties. However, Doro, a smartphone maker with a difference, wanted to craft devices suited to this target audience with a subtle transformation on the old smartphone format. They developed a range of handsets that fuse accessibility with functionality. Suffering from an age-related infirmity shouldn’t necessarily reduce an individual’s experience of smartphone technology. In this spirit, Doro has released the Doro 8030 Smartphone.
This handset is designed for smartphone newcomers, or those that have struggled with the excessive interfaces found on a smartphone. If a handset owner has never owned a smartphone before, the Doro 8030 can introduce this experience with an alternative twist – by “bringing you all the enjoyment that most smartphones can, but in a more natural and understandable way.” It thinks like you do – not in some AI way, but with the functional power of intuitive design.
Introducing – The Doro 8030
The handset is powered by a variant of Google’s Android OS. Doro have created a tutorially-informed UI that makes processes easier and highlights assistance functionality throughout. The device has a range of support functions – from HAC (hearing aid compatibility) support, Assistance and Emergency buttons, along with trackable GPS support. The “My Doro” app can help carers and families connect by programming ‘approved numbers’. The smart block technology also makes the telephony experience safer.
The handset has a digital audio system that can utilise the assistance and support apps and functions in helping to make notifications and alerts more clear and loud to help notify the individual of a range of outcomes. That being the case, the phone isn’t a boring device. The accessible-edition of Google Play means your Granny can enjoy the delights of Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds for herself – you can judge for yourself whether that’s a positive or negative!
Furthermore, the Chrome browser, with built-in assistance and support functionality, can help make the internet more accessible for senior users living with age-related conditions. The handset supports LTE (4G) along with 2G and 2G systems. The device has a very useful email client, utilising the Doro assistance software, but Gmail and Yahoo can be downloaded. In addition, there is a very useful and accessible camera with anti-shake sensors powered by a 5mp camera – you might think that’s a bit 2009/10, but the anti-shake sensors mean it can take a solid and blur-free picture!
In relation to the ergonomics, the case has a soft-touch coating that is incredibly durable. It grips well in any palm and as such reduces drops. Furthermore, the Doro ‘Memories’ function can help by using visual imagery to help power communications – with photo phonebooks and messaging. This means people can engage through visual, over numeric or otherwise touch processes. Finally, the handset has a range of support one-touch dialling lists that families, carers or care homes can pre-program. This can help make connectivity easier between owners and their wider families and networks.
Why you should buy it?
This handset isn’t cool. It doesn’t have the functionality of an Apple iPhone 7s or Samsung Galaxy S8+. That being the case, the handset is durable, accessible and engaging. It can help nurture a new audience in the smartphone community and help overcome the digital divide – bringing Grandpa or Grandma into the twenty first century and on Facebook. So why not look at the Doro 8030 as a gift for your beloved parents or grandparents? For only £189 from John Lewis you could grab a useful bargain.