We have in our possession the new Doro Smartphone, the 8030 model, with which we have performed laboratory and user tests.
"Camera button and charging slot"
The Doro 8031 is a terminal for those people who had already tried another Smartphone more complex and could not adapt, or for those users of more basic terminals who decide to jump to a device with many more features.
For the rest of users with many difficulties in the use of a mobile terminal, Doro has other simpler models such as the 5030 or the 6030, although everything has to be said, with many less interesting features than those provided by the 8031.
The phone since its first start has a series of tutorials that guide the user to configure the phone according to their capabilities, their preferences and their experience in the use of technology. In this way, you can configure from the start options such as text size, volume, email or connectivity in a very intuitive and guided.
"Initial configuration wizard"
What stands out from the beginning is its version of Android very adapted to the needs of the older person, following a premise that we believe is basic, "Identify rather than memorize." This is evident in the grouping of functionalities supported by pictograms and colors, unlike the traditional organization by complex names and very varied and scattered icons.
"Comparison of Android Launcher"
For example, to read an email, we will click on the "View" action and then within a list of options that we can see, such as text messages or photographs among others. We select the option "My emails" where the mails of the email account that we have previously configured with the tutorial appear directly.
The phone technically has qualities that leave nothing to envy compared to a mid-range terminal:
The tactile interaction with the screen is very successful.
The autonomy with moderate use can easily reach 2 days, which can be extended to 4 in the cases of people who only use the phone to make or receive a short call and briefly check the mail and messages.
The external buttons are large and clearly identified, allowing you to always easily return to the initial menu or exit from an application in case of mistake.
"Main functionalities buttons"
"Power and volume buttons"
"charge slot and camera buton"
The quality of the calls is good and the volume, both on call and for the rest of the functionalities, has a wide range for those with hearing difficulties.
The camera has an acceptable quality without reaching the quality of medium-high range models.
The charger together with the charging station are clearly identified, the functionalities presented by the screen when the terminal is placed in the charging station are very interesting, being able to access from a simplified menu to configure the phone in digital photo frame mode, in mode clock / alarm or in music player mode.
"Charger and charging station"
"Functions in horizontal mode"
The main screen facilitates your personalization quickly and in a guided way to be able to place up to 4 main contacts or frequently used features.
The phone incorporates several very interesting dedicated features, this type of functionality that is already covered by the rest of the Smartphone through applications, in this model are specifically designed to facilitate usability and understanding. Among these features include:
FM Radio: a feature widely used by the elderly and that other terminals in the market are beginning to eliminate.
Magnifying glass: this functionality that makes easy use of the camera is especially useful for people with vision difficulties.
In addition to these specific functionalities we find alarm, calendar, weather prediction and calculator with simple interfaces and adapted for easy understanding.
A feature that we liked a lot is the option "Discover" with 4 sections:
· New applications: This menu offers the installation of some applications selected by Doro and others by accessing the Google Play Store.
· My phone: Includes several tutorials to expand the capabilities of the Doro 8031.
· Around me: This is a very interesting feature that shows nearby locations such as restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets, ATMs, hospitals filtered by simple categories thanks to the use of Google Maps.
· Something on the Internet: allows access to a simple Internet search engine.
The fact that the Doro 8031 has been designed for easy understanding for older people also makes it an interesting terminal for young people and adults with slight comprehension difficulties due to the clear identification of all its functionalities.
In turn, the terminal incorporates all the accessibility features of Android as a screen reader, the sizes of augmented letter, high contrast, incorporation of external buttons, also facilitating connectivity for modern hearing aids.
In this sense, we liked the way of entering text in two ways, using a touch keyboard or voice. This option is consulted each time a text is required.
The Doro 8031 incorporates an emergency button on the back that allows to notify a previously established contact. This button can be configured from the phone itself, or from the remote application My Doro Manager to define its touch mode and the contact to be alerted.
"Rear emergency button"
Doro's payment plans through service providers allow these alarms to be attended by an emergency center.
Pressing this button activates an automatic call to the desired contact, in addition to sending an SMS with the last GPS location of the user terminal.
The tests were successful in the call activation, and SMS but you have to bear in mind that the message with the position may take minutes to be received.
My Doro Manager
My doro Manager is the remote manager for the 8031 terminal, in this way, a relative or caregiver can configure the user terminal remotely by abstracting from the configuration to the elderly person.
This application which is accessed through a PC, allows you to place a cover photo, adjust the font size, volume, configure the emergency button features, make a backup of the content, enter reminders and tasks in the calendar, Add new photos and even know the level of battery coverage and last location in real time.
"My Doro Manager app"
· The simplicity with which all Android functionalities have been adapted for easy compression and interaction.
· Additional features such as magnifying glass, FM radio or emergency button very useful for seniors.
· The possibility that a family member can remotely manage the terminal with MyDoroManager.
· The menu in horizontal mode when the terminal is placed in the base, with many interesting options such as: digital frame, clock / alarm clock or music or radio player.
· Simplify the connectivity process with MyDoroManager and improve its stability.