Doro-PhoneEasy-618 Cellphone

Item:                     Doro-PhoneEasy-618 Cellphone
Model:                   Doro-PhoneEasy-618
Obtained from:   Sears on February 21, 2013
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Reviewer:            Charlie Kravetz
Stars:                  4/5

This review is for the black phone purchased at Sears

A nice-size cellphone for use as an actual phone.

This cellphone is marketed as “the phone for seniors”. I believe that is wrong. It really is the phone for those looking for an actual phone to make and receive phone calls. If you want a phone for texting and data, this is NOT it.

I purchased this phone from Sears to use with my Consumer Cellular account. It is a great phone. It is big enough to not cramp my hands, has buttons I can actually hit, a screen I can actually read, and a ring loud enough to hear. I have great volume control with it. I am used to one of those phones where I have to strain to hear anyone. This one just works. It has a speaker phone function built in, too. That is so good, when I put someone on speaker phone, they hear no background noise.

I am not so good at texting, although I seem to be learning. It is much easier to text from my google voice account, using a full size keyboard, mouse, and monitor. For those who don’t know, google offers free phone numbers in the United States. You can call anywhere in the USA for free, and the number becomes yours. You can transfer all calls to any phone in the country, and tell that phone to place all calls from google voice. I use use it for all text messages and all voice mail. Since I spend a lot of time on the computer, it is very easy to check my gmail account for voice mail. If I was left a message, google even attempts to translate the voice to text for me. Of course, I must wait until the end of each year to find out if this will be free for another year. That’s fine, I have had my number for two years now, and think I will pay if they decide to start charging.

Before I purchased this phone, I checked out the material on it thoroughly. I needed a phone with a clear display, text large enough to read easily, a speakerphone built in, and capability to use with a headset for hands free operations. The Doro 618 easily fills those needs. I got the black phone, and the front and back are black. The sides, however, are white, as are the top and bottom when I open the phone. The black color only refers to the actual front and back of the phone.

On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being worst and 5 being best, I would give this phone a 4. I can not give it a 5, because I am still learning what it is capable of. I was surprised to find I can not download any screensavers, backgrounds, or games to this phone. It simply does not have the ability for that. However, the phone works so well, if I managed to damage it or destroy, I would not hesitate to grab another one.

To get a look at this phone, drop into your local Sears. You can pick one up there, or go online to Consumer Cellular and order it direct. If you grab it at Sears, call Consumer Cellular to let them know you bought one and have your account updated to show it.