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20 October 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
Which? Team
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.

Best Doro phones for 2021

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  • 75%

    If you're looking for the a no-nonsense simple phone that's great for emergencies, this one is a great choice. It comes without the frills of fancy smart features but you get the essentials like 2G internet connectivity and a 3Mp rear camera in case you need to take some flicks at a festival.

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    This is a great phone if you are interested in using a smartphone for the first time. It's easy to use and straightforward to set up. It's performance doesn't disappoint with good battery life and quick browsing on the 4G network. The camera takes reasonable shots.

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  • 73%

    This simple phone is easy to use with excellent battery life and sound quality for calls. It has useful features like Bluetooth, a torch and an in-built FM radio and music player. It's a clamshell-style phone and you don't need to open it to see who's calling. However, it's not one to buy if you want a good camera.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of October 2021.

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.