While many are flocking to smartphones, there is still a need for a good cell phone whose main function is placing and receiving phone calls. Yet today people expect even a simple phone to be sturdy, work well, and have additional useful features. That is where the Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm comes in. It is a plain cell phone with features that even your mother will love. In fact, this may be the perfect phone for a parent or grandparent.
The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm comes in an unassuming cardboard box, as shown in Figure 1. Inside the box is the phone itself, a Quick Start Guide, a wall charger, a hand strap, a headset, and a plastic bag to recycle the phone and a battery, as shown in Figure 2.
Doro is a Swedish company that markets and sells their telecom products in more than 30 countries on five continents. The PhoneEasy 410gsm is a tri-band (850/1800/1900 MHz) phone that is sold by Consumer Cellular. This is a low-cost wireless provider which uses AT&T’s network for good coverage at a decent price.
As shown in Figure 3, this is a clamshell phone with a distinctive look. Our review unit was the white model with lime green accents. There is also a black model with lime green accents, and a red model with white accents.
The white phone has a pearlized finish which, along with the green accents, gives it a stylish look. All of the corners are rounded, so it feels good in your hand. You will notice the green accents that show on the sides of the phone. Where you see the green, you will also see that there is a good-sized indentation. This makes it very easy to open, which is a real plus for a clamshell phone.
Figure 4 shows the Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm next to the LG Accolade VX5600 which we recently reviewed. At 2 x 0.75 x 3.8 inches (50.8 x 19.05 x 96.52 mm) and 3.88 ounces (110.5 grams), it is larger and thicker than the Accolade, but still fits well in the hand and is still easily pocketable.
Other phones in this category include the Jitterbug J, the Just5, and the SnapFon ez ONE. The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm is most similar in size and shape to the Jitterbug J. The Just 5 and the SnapFon ez ONE are candy bar phones that are thinner but slightly longer. The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm is shown in Figure 5 next to the SnapFon ez ONE for comparison. It should also be noted that Doro has a candy bar type of phone in the PhoneEasy 345gsm.