- Flashlight drains battery life
- No internet features
The PhoneEasy 520X is a simple device that offers a basic handset experience plus a couple features that critics believe would appeal to seniors or those with an outdoor lifestyle.
Visually, the phone has a standard candy bar design with a 2" screen and keypad underneath. Critics point out that the display can't compete with the high resolutions available on smartphones, but note that it is bright, easy to read and large enough to make calls and send messages.
The keypad uses large style buttons that are slightly raised, which reviewers found easy to press even when wearing gloves. To further complement an outdoor lifestyle, experts observed reinforcements and seals on the device, which improved the it's shock, water and dust resistance.
A new feature of the 520X is the flashlight function - located on the right hand edge. Most found the light to be bright enough to use in the dark, though GadgetSpeak cautions against using it for too long as it drains the battery quickly. The phone also offers a dedicated emergency button. When pressed twice, the device contacts a list of numbers with a call for help.
For a basic handset the most important aspect is call quality. Fortunately, reviewers concur that the it offers a loud, clear earpiece that does not distort at full volume. Trusted Reviews also mentions that the microphone delivers good quality, "clean speech" and strong reception. For users who are hard of hearing, the phone supports hearing aid connectivity.
Although not feature and hardware rich like today's smartphones, the general consensus among reviewers is that the PhoneEasy 520X is a good basic handset for older audiences and outdoorsy types. Geekbeat adds, "The 520X gets a high recommendation…"