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24 June 2021

The best Doro phones

Doro is a really popular simple mobile phone brand, but are its handsets the best you can buy? Find out here
Oli McKean
Doro phones

You've probably come across the Doro brand if you're looking for a simple mobile phone. But are Doro phones worth buying? We've highlighted the best of the bunch.

Doro phones are specifically designed to be easy to use. They are particularly suited to those who have issues with dexterity, sight or hearing, thanks to features such as large buttons and hearing-aid compatibility. 

They all have an assistance button, also known as an SOS button. Pressing this automatically sends a message to your emergency contacts to let them know you might need help.

Many Doro phones lack the more advanced features of modern smartphones, such as touchscreen displays and high-resolution cameras, but they could be great for those wanting a phone mainly for calls and texts.

However, the brand also makes a few 'simple smartphones', which strive to offer the best of both worlds. Theoretically they could be just the ticket if you'd like smartphone features in an easier-to-use package. Find out below if they deliver on their promise.

How much do I need to spend on a Doro phone?

You can spend anything from around £25 to more than £180 on a Doro phone. How much you spend will generally depend on how many features you want.

Here's some good news: even some of the cheapest Doro phones get the basics right. Which means there should be a good Doro option for you, no matter how much you want to spend.

See the table below for our pick of the best Doro phones for a range of budgets.

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Best Doro phones

  • 85%

    This Doro phone is incredibly simple to use and has all the features you'd want from a simple phone. Plus, it manages 16.5 hours of calls before running out of juice, which is exceptional compared with other simple handsets.

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  • 76%

    This Doro option doesn't have many advanced features, but would be perfect for someone who prefers a simple layout, and buttons that are easy to press and see.

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  • 71%

    Calls sound clear, and the battery lasts a long time. Plus, it's pretty simple to use and inexpensive.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of August 2020.

Should I get a Doro phone, or a normal smartphone?

It really depends on how difficult you find using modern smartphones. There are cheap smartphones that have a lot of features not available on Doro phones - but the cheapest smartphones are often difficult to use, often because of their lower specifications. 

As mentioned above, Doro does make smartphones that are designed to be super simple to use, even for smartphone newbies. When you turn on these phones for the first time, for example, they will guide you through performing simple tasks, and give you useful options such as changing the text size on the screen or increasing the volume so  you can hear clearly.

If you’re unsure, the best thing to do would be to go into a shop and ask to have a go using a Doro and a cheap smartphone (or try a friend's, if you know someone with one). Try out some of the functions you’d use most often, such as finding numbers in the phonebook, writing texts and browsing the internet. If you think that Doro's approach makes things easier, then it’s quite likely the brand for you.