Pros / Doro’s SOS button will help you prevent accidental emergency calls.
Cons / The manufacturer recommends a minimum 6-inch clearance between this phone and pacemakers.
Verdict / Doro is designed for active seniors. It can be activated on any network and it has one of the best feature phone cameras we’ve seen.
Editor's note: Doro 626 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the 626 when we next update the Emergency Cell Phone reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the Doro 618.
The Doro 618 is an easy-to-use flip phone made for active seniors. It falls below average in our review of the best emergency cell phones, but it has some pretty amazing accessibility features that make it worth considering. One of the main features for this emergency cell phone for seniors is the enhanced emergency feature, In Case of Emergency (ICE), that notifies first responders whom to contact when you are not able to make healthcare related decisions or are otherwise incapacitated.
The SOS feature of this emergency mobile phone is activated with a button on the back of the device. Unlike phones with similar features, the Doro 618 requires you press the emergency button three times within one second to prevent false alarms. Once activated, the phone calls the preselected emergency contact and instantly changes mode to speakerphone. This allows the emergency contact to speak with the caller or first responders on the scene.
The phone is offered by Consumer Cellular, which operates on the AT&T network and is the exclusive wireless carrier for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). It is, however, dual-band capable, meaning you can activate it on most any network.
Aside from its basic emergency features, it is also designed to be a stylish addition to your daily life. The Doro 618 happens to have the best camera in our lineup, with a full 3.2 megapixels. It is not a GPS-capable device, though, so pictures are not tagged with location metadata. This also means the Doro 618 is not internet capable, but it is text capable, which allows picture sharing with any one of the 300 contacts it’s capable of storing.
It has a bright display with backlit buttons for easy visibility in any lighting. Depending on use, Doro boasts one of the longest standby times we’ve seen with up to four hours of talk time. However, you'll want to regularly monitor the battery life of this phone to ensure it is ready to use when you need it.
The Doro 618 is a great choice for active seniors. Doro’s approach to the SOS feature limits the chance of false alarms and provides a bit more security for concerned friends and family. The additional ICE feature is a nice touch, and the 3.2 megapixel camera is a pleasant surprise.