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Doro PhoneEasy 520X review

What's good

  • Excellent call quality and reception
  • Built-in flashlight function
  • Shock, water and dust resistant
  • Bright and easy to read screen

What's bad

  • 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…"

Operating system
Screen Size
3+ MP

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Common Questions

Doro released the PhoneEasy 520X on June 20, 2013.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Doro PhoneEasy 520X user manual here.

Doro backs up the PhoneEasy 520X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your PhoneEasy 520X has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Doro support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Doro's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Doro PhoneEasy 520X's screen size is 1.96 inches with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Custom operating system (OS).

3+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

78 MB

Internal memory is 78 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 800 mAh battery.

PhoneEasy 520X Specs

Brand Doro
Release date June 20, 2013
Regions available Canada, UK
850/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Custom
Internal Storage 78 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.406 W/kg
Body: 1.418 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 14.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm (4.6 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 95 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density 144 pixels
Size 1.96 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry eZiText
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 300
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 3 numbers, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Unknown
Email Client No
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Unknown
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments
Related Links Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Manual (PDF)
Where to buy Doro PhoneEasy 520X
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