Doro Liberto 820 Mini SIM-Free Smartphone - White/Black only £67.50 Sold by NTPUKLTD and Fulfilled by Amazon
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Doro Liberto 820 Mini SIM-Free Smartphone - White/Black only £67.50 Sold by NTPUKLTD and Fulfilled by Amazon

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Found 11th Feb
Hope this is useful. Was looking at the Doro phones as my Stepfather is having difficulty getting around now. He needs to have a phone on him that he can use comfortably.

I did look at the other Doros but I was looking at the Android for the ability to share location in case of emergency.

As well as having COPD, my Stepfather has hearing aids in both ears and requires a loud phone ideally with hearing aid support.

Anyway after considering the more expensive and newer models, I saw this for £67.50.

It has everything my stepdad will need and more. There's a helpful review of the slightly larger sister phone here Trusted Reviews.

Please don't criticise that there are faster, better Android phones at this price point, new or used, it would miss the point and I think what Doro are doing needs support.

Other colours are more expensive.
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33241263-fbEJV.jpg0.52 kg? That's quite heavy 😊
Radoslaw_Ciura20 m ago

[Image] 0.52 kg? That's quite heavy 😊



I'm guessing that's the shipping weight...
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Radoslaw_Ciura21 m ago

[Image] 0.52 kg? That's quite heavy 😊


Ha! Didn't see that, I'm presuming that's shipping weight

Think it's 132g on here doro.co.uk/dor…tml
Thanks for a useful and clear post ..I will try and learn from you .
It's nice that you'd be so kind to your Stepfather, I'd rather chuck mine in a hedge.
My mum (70+) got this a little while back after a friend's recommendation.

TBH it's not great - heavy and slow, v poor battery life, clunky UI, quite hard to set up. Certainly some useful features for older users but I don't really see the advantage of one of these over, say, an 2nd hand iphone 5 (c. £100 from MusicMagpie).
Or consider something like the Moto G5. If necessary, set it on maximum or near-maximum volume. Make the font settings the largest size for both reading and typing. The ability to read and type words clearly on the 5 inch screen may be very useful for some people. And in my opinion, it's an excellent all-round phone with good battery life for most people in general anyway.
Main advantage of this is its hearing aid compatible? Not sure. Most people have an old android phone they can reskin, not sure of advantages of this?
Th problem with these 'optimised for seniors' phones is that you pay a massive premium for an easily navigable Android skin with large icons and quick shortcuts on the homescreen et, in exchange for hardware from 5 years back (slow processor, tiny screen, dated Android version etc) which makes them infuriatingly buggy and slow. Not to mention the lack of software updates and absolutely no future-proofing at all.

What I would do is get a current generation Android phone (plenty better ones at this price, specially if you look into say something like a previoous-gen Xiaomi Redmi from China) and install an 'optimised for seniors' Android skin like Necta, Wiser, Big Launcher or Katsuna, which will be almost identical to what's available on this phone. That phone will have a better screen, be able to run common Apps such as YouTube or Netflix without breaking a sweat if needed, and will be a much more fluid, smoother experience overall - your Mom or Dad or whoever gets this will be infinitely more thankful to you.
Edited by: "hcc27" 12th Feb
Tempted, but I prefer quavers.
Think the feature phone Doros are better TBH, and older people find those easier to use, although I get what you mean with the location.
hcc2712th Feb

Th problem with these 'optimised for seniors' phones is that you pay a …Th problem with these 'optimised for seniors' phones is that you pay a massive premium for an easily navigable Android skin with large icons and quick shortcuts on the homescreen et, in exchange for hardware from 5 years back (slow processor, tiny screen, dated Android version etc) which makes them infuriatingly buggy and slow. Not to mention the lack of software updates and absolutely no future-proofing at all.What I would do is get a current generation Android phone (plenty better ones at this price, specially if you look into say something like a previoous-gen Xiaomi Redmi from China) and install an 'optimised for seniors' Android skin like Necta, Wiser, Big Launcher or Katsuna, which will be almost identical to what's available on this phone. That phone will have a better screen, be able to run common Apps such as YouTube or Netflix without breaking a sweat if needed, and will be a much more fluid, smoother experience overall - your Mom or Dad or whoever gets this will be infinitely more thankful to you.


I concur, my 70+ yr old dad got one. It's not just a skin but a customised rom of android, based on an old software version and with old software,so you will get memory problems - even though he has not installed any additional apps he gets "running low on memory" messages. The touch screen is not that sensitive (its the old press resistive screen rather than simple skin contact conductive type has three physical buttons under the screen.

Most manufacturers have hearing aid compatible phones, so its better to look at these and buy one from a previous generation. You can customise the interface with a skin if sight/complexity is an issue and have a far more user friendly phone
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