We take a look at the Doro Liberto 820, a new Android smartphone for people who prefer something easy to operate. It’s been specially designed to be nice and easy to operate, even for elderly users that might have poor eyesight, be hard of hearing, or struggle with movement in their fingers.
The Doro Liberto 820 packed with lots of really useful features; some that make life easier for the older user themselves, and one or two that let others help them out remotely.
The on-screen icons are nice and big, and everything looks really simple and user-friendly. The contacts, email and messaging apps have been stripped right down, and the settings menu is easy to find too.
The phone has a number of great assistance features built in, including the assistance button on the back. It can be set up to send out message alerts to multiple contacts when pressed, and at the same time it sends out a warning noise – a long beep – to alert the user, just in case it gets pressed by accident.
There’s a ‘My Doro Manager’ app that lets you control the phone remotely, on the user’s behalf. So you can adjust settings for them, and even do troubleshooting for them. You can also use it to push photos onto their phone – something that could be really useful if they’re not on Facebook, or sometimes forget to open their messages.
The phone has an 8-megapixel camera, and the shutter button is nicely placed so you can’t really confuse it with other nearby buttons. The camera has a number of different settings, and they’ve been given names that are easy to understand, like ‘beach’, ‘sunset’ and ‘snow’.
And there’s also a perfectly adequate front camera – everyone like a selfie these days.
To sum things up, this phone is all about making life easy for the older user – and from what I can see it does a really good job. It’s not the most sleek or attractive phone you’ll ever see, but that’s absolutely fine.
If you have an elderly or disabled relative that you want get better connected, then this phone is perfect.