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Doro 8031 ​​Smartphone

Picture Smarphone Doro 8031
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  • 4/5
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  • Doro terminal packaging
  • Main buttons
  • Original packing
  • Horizontal clock mode
  • Horizontal menu
  • Rear emergency button
  • Charging station and charger
  • Volume and power buttons
  • Camera button and charging slot
  • Launcher comparison
  • My Doro Manager
  • Configuration tutorial
  • User testing

What does it consist of:

December 2018

Doro 8031 ​​is a device that combines all the characteristics of a modern Smartphone with a design that facilitates understandability and ease of use by the elderly and people with difficulties in the use of non-adapted technologies. The fact of having a design that facilitates its usability is not limited to physical characteristics such as buttons or ergonomics, but in the same way the Android operating system of the phone contemplates criteria of understandability, usability and accessibility in its graphical interface and functionalities. The device incorporates very useful options such as a configurable emergency button, and an external application "My Doro Manager" in which a family member or caregiver can manage the main characteristics of the phone to abstract the elderly person from its configuration. Weight and dimensions Length: 13,7 cm Width: 7,1 cm Height: 1 cm Weight: 141 grams "Actual dimensions of Doro 8031"

Forms of Acquisition:

The terminal can be purchased at the following link on the Doro online store

The terminal can also be purchased in online stores such as Amazon

Warranty and support

The manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty on the product.

Doro has online support that you can access in the following link 

The support phone number is 901900209 9 17 from XNUMX a.m. to XNUMX p.m.

Price

The price of the product in the Doro store is € 179 VAT included. To this amount you have to add € 6 shipping costs.

It is possible to purchase the terminal in some online stores such as Amazon for a somewhat lower price.

Are you interested in us doing a more in-depth analysis of this product?

You can request it by contacting the following link.

Technical verification:

We have in our possession the new Doro Smartphone, the model 8030, with which we have carried out laboratory and user tests.

 

"Camera button and charging slot"

 

The Doro 8031 ​​is a terminal for those people who had already tried another more complex Smartphone and could not adapt, or for those users of more basic terminals who decide to make the leap to a device with many more functionalities.

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 it must be said, with much less interesting functionalities than those provided by the 8031.

The phone, from its first start-up, 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, options such as text size, volume, email or connectivity can be configured from the beginning in a very intuitive and guided way.

"Initial setup wizard"

 

What stands out the most from the beginning is its version of Android that is highly adapted to the needs of the elderly, following a premise that we believe is basic, "Identify rather than memorize." This is evident in the grouping of functionalities by actions supported by pictograms and colors, unlike the traditional organization by complex names and highly varied and scattered icons.

 

"Android Launcher Comparison"

 

For example, to read an email, we will press the action "View" 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 emails 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 their mail and messages.

The external buttons are large and clearly identified, allowing you to always easily return to the initial menu or exit an application in the event of a mistake.

 

"Main functionalities buttons"

 

"Power and volume buttons"

 

"Camera button and charging slot"

 

The quality of the calls is good and the volume both on the 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 upper-middle-range models.

The charger together with the charging station are clearly identified, the functionalities that the screen presents 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 digital photo frame mode. clock / alarm or music player mode.

 

"Charger and charging station"

 

"Features in landscape mode"

 

The main screen facilitates quick and guided customization to be able to place up to 4 main contacts or frequently used functionalities.

The phone incorporates several very interesting dedicated functionalities, these types of functionalities that are already covered by the rest of the Smartphone through applications, in this model are specifically designed to facilitate usability and understanding. These features include:

FM radio: a feature widely used by older people and that other terminals on the market are beginning to eliminate.

Magnifying glass: this functionality that makes the camera easy to use is especially useful for people with vision difficulties.

In addition to these specific functionalities, we find an alarm, calendar, weather forecast and calculator with simple interfaces adapted for easy understanding.

One feature that we really liked is the "Discover" option 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 various 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 to be easy to understand for older people makes it also 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 such as screen reader, increased font sizes, high contrast, incorporation of external buttons, also facilitating connectivity for modern hearing aids.

In this sense, we really liked the way of entering text using 2 ways, by means of a touch keyboard, or by voice. This option is consulted every time a text is required to be entered.

Emergency button and geolocation

The Doro 8031 ​​incorporates an emergency button on the back that allows you to notify a previously established contact. This button can be configured from the phone itself, or from the remote My Doro Manager application to define its pulsation 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 activating the call and SMS, but it must be taken into account 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 family member or caregiver can configure the user terminal remotely, abstracting the elderly person from the configuration.

This application, which is accessed through a PC, allows you to place a cover photo, adjust the font size, volume, configure the functionalities of the emergency button, make a backup copy of the content, enter reminders and tasks in the calendar, add new photos and even know the battery level, coverage and last location in real time.

 

"My Doro Manager App"

 

Highlights

· The simplicity with which all Android functionalities have been adapted for easy compression and interaction.

· Additional functionalities such as magnifying glass, FM radio or the emergency button very useful for the elderly.

· The possibility that a family member can remotely manage the terminal with MyDoroManager.

· The menu in landscape mode when the terminal is placed on the base, with many interesting options such as: digital frame, clock / alarm clock or music player or radio.

Improvement points

· Simplify the connectivity process with MyDoroManager and improve its stability.

  • Design and manufacturing: 4 5 on.
    4
    This section refers to the physical aspects and details of the manufacturing of the technological product.
  • User experience: 5 5 on.
    5
    This criterion is linked to the user's assessment when relating to the technical product or application.
  • Technical benefits: 4 5 on.
    4
    Description of the quality of the technical specifications of the technological solution.
  • Accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
    It is the degree to which people can use or access a product, technological solution or service, regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical abilities.

Social valuation:

Our volunteer Aurora has tested the Doro 8031 ​​Smartphone, we summarize her impressions after use in the following lines:

The phone is packed in a box with all accessories for use, charger with horizontal charging station, headphones and a short user manual.

Once opened and turned on, the tutorial that starts is very well guided to be able to configure all the parameters for using the phone.

In this case, it would indicate that you should start configuring the phone first, and after configuring it, use the familiar application for its management if desired.

The graphic menu of the phone is comfortable and friendly, in this case a good option for the elderly is to add the alarm and a regular contact to the main screen.

The organization through verbs is much more intuitive and the questions related to each action call - Who? , See what? make using the terminal easier for the elderly.

"User Test Photos"

 

The extra buttons on the phone are useful and well-identified, but you would like the camera button to be able to trigger photography automatically without the need for manual touchscreen access to the camera app.

The emergency button and the sending of the position to the relative is a very successful feature.

The calls and the sound reproduction of the phone have a good quality and volume.

The mail is easily configurable. For both mail and text messages, what he has valued the most is the double text input method both by touch keyboard and by voice dictation, which also works quite precisely.

Regarding the application for the management by the family member of the Doro phone, it has had certain difficulties in accessing the server on some occasions, so it has not been able to assess this functionality in depth.

Phone functionalities are easy to remember after a period of use because they are clearly identified again.

It does not consider that the Doro 8031 ​​violates the privacy of the user beyond what any other Android Smartphone can do.

In general, it considers that the Doro Smartphone can provide greater autonomy to the user and greater user participation in the digital environment.

  • Impact and utility: 5 5 on.
    5
    It describes to what extent the functionalities of the product are useful and impact on improving the life of the user.
  • Usability and accessibility: 5 5 on.
    5
    Possibility of the device to be used, understood and taken advantage of under equal conditions for anyone.
  • Design and ergonomics: 4 5 on.
    4
    Assessment of how the design of the technological solution adapts to the person to achieve greater comfort and efficiency when using it.
  • Ease of Acquisition: 4 5 on.
    4
    It refers to the possibilities of accessing and acquiring a technological solution by the user.

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