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The Doro 6880 is just one of three new mobile phones from the Swedish tech brand, complemented by the budget Doro 5860 and a mid-priced Doro 6820. The company is focusing its efforts on improving the lives of seniors and its trio of new handsets are strong. aimed at the age group 65 and older. Doro’s 6880 model has a flip-up clamshell design, is 4G capable and features HD speech technology that delivers clear and extra loud sound. It’s also hearing aid compatible, and there’s an Assistance button on the back of the phone for anyone who needs it. The 2.8-inch color display is simple yet effective, while a large keyboard sits at the bottom of the fold-out design. It features high contrast keys that are easy to press, while the text size can also be adjusted. There is a crib charger for anyone who wants to keep it on a lounge table or next to the bed.
Doro 6880: prices and availability
The Doro 6880 comes with a suggested retail price of £98.99 (about $120). The Doro 6820, the intermediate model and coming with a similar feature set and design to that of the Doro 6880, costs £84.99 (about US$103). Meanwhile, the Doro 5860’s sturdy and reassuringly simple candy bar design doesn’t have the clamshell-style housing and is available for the entry-level price of just £69.99 (around US$84).
Doro 6880: Design
While many of us crave the latest smartphone, not everyone has the budget or the knack to get the most out of it. For anyone with vision or hearing difficulties, the answer can often be to move towards a standard phone, like the new Doro 6880. This 4G-compatible handset, with its neat retro-style clamshell design, is perfect for helping with all of the problems listed above.
The design is sturdy without being too bulky and using the phone itself couldn’t be easier. There’s quite a bit of plastic involved with this unit, but the Doro 6880 still feels rugged enough to survive an accidental drop without too much impact. Not something you can say about many expensive smartphone models.
You also get a charging cable and docking station, which you can use as a home phone for your phone when you’re not on the road. The design thinking here is that it can be placed next to your bed, for example, and thanks to a built-in Assistance button is a reassuring way to know that help is always at hand if you need it.
Meanwhile, using the phone couldn’t be easier. The designers have created the folding design to have a wonderfully easy-to-use keyboard. The keys are firm, easy to read and have a really firm feel of pressure when dialing a number. This theme also follows on the display. It is not very high resolution, but can be read easily, while the text size can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Doro 6880: Hardware
The Doro 6880 comes with the following hardware:
Hearing aid compatibility: M4/T4, M3/T4
Receive maximum amplification: 35dB
Maximum ring volume: 75dB at 1 meter
Internal storage space: MicroSD card max 128GB
Screen size: 3 inch
Dimensions: 107 x 56 x 20mm
Front camera: 2MP
operating system: Mocor operating system
Battery: 1000mAh Li-ion
While the Doro 6880 lacks some of the advanced hardware of more expensive smartphones, it has enough specs for the task at hand. Top features include 4G, an assistance button, a 2MP camera with flash and video function plus talking keys, a visual ring indicator and a flashlight. Everything is accessible through the Mocor operating system.
Behind the scenes there is a Unisoc UMS9117 chipset, GPRS, Bluetooth, the capacity to fit a microSD card up to 128 GB and full compatibility with hearing aids (HAC), with a rating of M4/T4, M3/T4. The 1000mAh Li-ion battery promises a standby time of up to 380 hours along with talk time of up to 7 hours.
Doro 6880: Overall usability
We have used the Doro 6880 ourselves for some time and also passed it on to a senior member of the family. Everyone seemed to agree that the Doro 6880 is one of the easiest phones on the market to use. Admittedly, the feature set is basic, but in some ways it’s the best of the handset. There is very little to worry about, or to go wrong.
A good example is the simplistic menu system. Accessing this via the keyboard and navigating through the basic options is a dream come true for anyone who would normally hesitate at the thought of tackling a smartphone interface. In fact, it is very similar to using a traditional landline style handset. Making calls is child’s play, while texting or simply adding contacts couldn’t be easier. Doro certainly ticks all the right boxes when it comes to addressing the needs of its target market.
We are also impressed with the phone’s battery life. It is certainly good for a few days without having to worry about charging. Having the dock cum charging station is also a handy place for the phone when you are at home. This way everyone always knows where they are and you can be sure that they are always fully charged.
Full marks must also go to Doro for making the 6880 such an excellent audio performer. Hearing aid compatibility makes the phone usable even in locations with a lot of background noise. The HD speech technology gets the job done very well indeed.
Should I buy the Doro 6880?
First assessment May 2022
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