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Owning the latest technology is often satisfying, however many can find it difficult to adjust to, or understand modern features.
Doro offers a compromise - a smartphone that has all of the features of a recent product by big names such as Samsung or Apple but presented with a simplified interface with helpful on-screen instructions to help you set up the phone and learn how it works.
The 8030 from Clove Technology is sourced directly from Doro's preferred suppliers in the UK. The phone is supplied SIM free and factory unlocked, so you can use a SIM card from any UK network.
Our stock will also be compatible with networks across the EU. For use outside of Europe, please check the specifications against provisions from the local network operator(s).
The Doro 8030 is available in a black finish with internal storage of 8GB.
Doro has long been a company with a particular focus. That is to make contemporary technology accessible to those who have traditionally found it difficult to access or learn how to use such products.
The 8030 is more advanced than their usual products in that it is a fully featured smartphone, comparable to those produced by popular manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Apple.
Doro though has made their 8030 model different to the standard consumer smartphone powered by Android.
First of all, they have developed a customised interface that has been designed to be an introduction to smartphones, as well as helping you understand how to navigate the phone and find key programs and features.
Secondly, the "My Doro Manager" application has been developed. This allows family members, or other trusted people, to able to remotely access your phone. This can help in adding contacts, alarms, reminders or adding new programs.
Doro has kept the design of the 8030 as simple as possible, whilst taking into consideration those that will be holding it.
The external materials have a soft-touch finish which aids grip, plus the bezels and sides of the phone are relatively thick in comparison to more consumer-oriented smartphones. Both of these choices give the phone some extra size and weight that make it easier to locate and hold, without being cumbersome.
The bottom section of the phone houses 3 large physical buttons to aid with navigation. The Home button in the centre brings you back to the phone's 'home' screen, no matter where you may have navigated to. The 'Back' button on the right returns to the previous screen you were viewing and the 'multitasking' button on the left will show a list of all running programs for you to move to or close.
A dedicated camera key is also found in the bottom half of the right-hand edge. This can be used to quickly launch the camera application and acts as a 'two-stage' shutter key in the same way as stand-alone portable cameras.
The back of the phone has an Assistance button, which can be set to call pre-programmed numbers in the case of an emergency.
The underlying operating system of the Doro 8030 is the popular and widely used Android by Google. The 8030 has the 5.1 version installed, otherwise known as 'Lollipop'.
The usual interface and design of the system have been radically overhauled by Doro, to provide a simple and intuitive system to navigate.
An initial set up procedure provides a detailed, yet easy to understand, demonstration of how to use various features and is tailored towards complete smartphone novices, so anyone should be able to pick up the Doro with confidence.
Commonly used features such as calling and text messaging are placed front and centre of the main interface after it has been set up. On screen controls and interactive keys have been made large and bright, plus text is resizable.
Individual contacts you may call or message frequently can be placed onto your home screen for quick access, rather than looking through a list to locate them.
If you already have experience with the Android system or are comfortable with looking at more detailed settings, you can access all of the underlying Android menus and features by pressing the 'Advanced' option from within the main settings menu of the Doro interface.
The Doro 8030 may have been designed and aimed towards novice users. But, it does include a number of modern hardware features which will make it a product that will remain relevant for a number of years to come.
The 8030 has support for both 3G and 4G mobile data, so if you have an appropriate plan with a mobile network provider, you can have high-speed access to the Internet away from your home Wi-Fi connection.
A 5-megapixel camera is included to take good quality pictures of yourself, friends and surroundings, with a dedicated camera shutter button that makes the phone as simple to use as a dedicated point-and-shoot digital camera. You can also add an external memory card to store more images.
An FM radio is also included so you can tune into FM radio stations; you will need to use a pair of connected earphones (included with the phone) to listen to FM radio, as these will act as the antenna to receive a signal.
Volume has seven discrete levels, with a maximum receiving amplification of 35 dB. The ringer has been tested to provide a maximum volume of 91 dB(A) at 1 metre so should be audible for those who are hard of hearing. Like most Doro devices, the 8030 is also Hearing Aid Compatible, certified to T4/M4 (3G), T4/M3 (2G) products.
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link: http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx
Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?
Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.
Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.
Is this phone brand new?
Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.
Is there any network/operator branding?
No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.
Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?
What SIM card does this phone use?
This phone takes a microSIM card
Does this phone have a removable battery?