Half of over-65s want a smartphone – survey

26 Feb 2013

LIVE FROM MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS: Recent research by handset vendor Doro found that half of respondents aged over 65 are happy with a featurephone, but what the other half want is a smartphone.

In response, the vendor, which specialises in handsets for older users, is attempting to cover both preferences in its latest device – which is announced at congress – a featurephone that uses cloud-based technology.

The Doro PhoneEasy 622 is powered by the company’s remote device management tool which enables its content and settings to be controlled from a secure online portal by the user, or their family and friends.

Contacts can be added to an online address book from a PC and pushed to the handset. And photos from the handset can be backed up on-line.

Doro describes the new device as its highest level feature phone to date which includes ability such as video record and playback, as well as a weather app on the homescreen,

The handset has a clamshell design with an outside screen for caller identification. Also included are amplified sounds that use wideband audio technology, adjustable text size, a large and bright screen, intuitive menus and the option to hide certain functions, so the user can customise the device.

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