The Doro Liberto 810 was a deeply flawed smartphone. However, the Doro Liberto 820 learns from its older brother’s mistakes and comes packed with bug fixes and design solutions. Ten digits makes a huge difference, and we can actually say that the Doro Liberto offers an enjoyable experience.
The Doro Liberto 820 has to be one of the most Spanish-Italian names for a phone I have ever seen. We plan to review the most British smartphone ever released – The Wileyfox Swift.
The Doro Liberto 820 Review
The Doro Liberto 820 is robust and easy to handle. It comes with a charging dock included in the package and its dedicated assistance button is simple to use. Frankly, the whole phone is extremely easy to use.
However, it’s quite expensive for what it has to offer. Its display is lackluster, to say the least, and its camera unit just falls short.
Doro Liberto 820 specs
- 5-inch 940 x 560 LCD display;
- 3GHz quad-core proc;
- 1 gig of RAM;
- 4 gigs of built-in storage;
- Supports microSD up to 32 gigs;
- Runs Android 4.4 Kitkat;
- 8-megapixel rear facing camera unit;
Doro Liberto 820 Design
The Liberto 820 has a bulky 4.5-inch screen, yet, I don’t see this as a bad thing. Built out of sturdy plastic, it’s really easy to grip the phone in one hand. Rising over the edge of the phone you can see a small lip. This ensures a protection of sorts for the phone’s screen if the user decides to put it face-down on a not-so-friendly surface.
The phone sports curved edges that make the Doro 820 sit comfortably in the palm of your hand. It also looks the part – it’s sleek, but nothing stands out.
The phone’s volume rocker can be found on the right edge but it’s positioned a little bit higher than what you may be accustomed to. It’s a minor grievance, but it’s worth noting. Yet, I didn’t find any issues reaching it.
Down below, you’ll find the phone’s power button, and just near it, its dedicated camera button.
Doro has elevated the icons engraved on the device’s buttons. This means that the more you use it, the more you get accustomed to the feel of them and you’ll be able to use it without opening your eyes – if that’s what your into, I guess.
It’s a nice addition and you’ll get used to them fairly quick.
Drifting away from the norm, the Doro Liberto 820 sports three physical buttons:
They are found just below the screen. This comes as a godsend if you plan on purchasing the Liberto 820 for your technically impaired aunt. Furthermore, when you get stuck in an app, you can easily get back to the home screen at any point.
The Doro’s back cover is removable, and it bares close similarities with Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and S4. You can easily peel and lift the back cover to get access to the microSD and micro Sim slots and its removable battery.
Doro Liberto 820 Screen and Sound
Don’t expect a flagship display. It’s an average 4.5-inch 940 x 560 LCD screen. It isn’t pin-sharp, nor crystal clear, and pixels are visible. In some situations, you can clearly see their fuzziness.
Yet, it’s decent for what you’re paying.
It has a nice color palette, but it doesn’t sport that orange-pink comfortable tint, which most flagship smartphones come with. It’s bright enough to use outdoors, but you’ll need to set its brightness to its max setting. Comparing it to the Liberto 810, you can clearly see the major improvement.
Loudspeaker is, uhm, borderline average. I don’t recommend watching TV shows on it because a) its screen won’t live up to your standards and b) sound will be somewhat muffled and without a single drop of bass.
The mono sound it does output is fairly decent. However, it’s badly placed and on more than one occasion I found myself covering it with my fingers.
I recommend using it with your included headphones. Sound is so much better if you use them, but, yet again, you’re offered a basic experience.
Doro Liberto 820 Features and UI
The free-of-charge charging dock is a great extra. This means you can use the Liberto 820 exactly like a home phone. Just put it in the dock and it will gleefully charge using contacts found on both sides of the phone.
The Doro Liberto 820 supports hearing aids and it comes packed with Bluetooth 4.0. Yet, it isn’t 4G compatible. It can go as fast as 3G, but it should perfectly serve its target demo.
Also, there’s no NFC feature on it. Again, its target demo won’t see this as a deal breaker. More so, considering that this phone is aimed at those who are new to smartphone devices.
While Android can be a little bit overwhelming for newcomers, Doro’s interface is more than accessible. It has all sorts of tutorials that guides the user into the world of smartphones. It will show your tech impaired aunty how to use the phone’s general features, how to take photos and access them using the gallery, among other more sophisticated things.
It has large icons and text which simplifies the Android experience, this leads to a more enjoyable time using the Doro Liberto 820.
Its 1.3GHz quad-core proc is paired with 1 gig of RAM. This doesn’t resemble a powerhouse, but it’s more than enough to play the majority of games found on the Play Store. Apps take a little bit longer than usual to load, but I didn’t encounter any crippling issue with the Doro. Actually, I’ve seen it to be pretty responsive throughout the day.
Unfortunately, it has only 4 gigs of built-in storage space. You can extend them by adding a microSD card up to 32 gigs. I do recommend you acquire a card before intensely utilizing the Liberto 820 – your on-board storage is simply not enough.
Doro Liberto 820 Camera, Call Quality
The camera found on the Liberto 810 was just painstakingly horrid. We’ve noticed major improvements in this area, but frankly, nothing worthwhile. Its camera is a 8-megapixel sensor. That’s the same amount of megapixels that you can find on the iPhone 6, but don’t expect the same photo quality.
Megapixels are great and all, but the camera unit is also very important. You can buy a smartphone with a 21-megapixel sensor, but if the camera unit is of poor quality it will certainly output mediocre photos.
Indeed, it does take okay’ish pictures in a well-lit setting, but they lack a lot of details.
You also have a front-facing camera which can be used mainly for video calling or poor quality selfies. It does its job pretty well, considering it’s less than mediocre.
The Doro Liberto 820 doesn’t struggle with call quality, but I’ve found voices to come out harsh and a little bit phased. It doesn’t have a noise cancelling mic equipped, and this definitely means that the other person you’re talking to will hear your clamorous environment.
Yet, I didn’t experience any call drops whatsoever.
Doro Liberto 820 Battery Life
I have mixed feelings regarding its power-unit. I want to say it’s acceptable, but at the same time I want to say it’s the worst battery-unit to ever make way into a smartphone. It holds up almost 7 hours, but just barely. Good thing it comes with that free-of-charge chargin dock which you can carry with you everywhere.
Doro Liberto 820 Verdict
If you are considering of buying the Doro Liberto 820 for your technically impaired loved one, I would definitely say go for it. Teach him, or her, how to put it into the charging dock and the smartphone will do the rest. It will easily guide the user into the wonderful world of smartphones.
The thing is, if you are a tech savy person and you want to purchase the Doro for yourself, just don’t. There are a ton of other smartphones on the market that can output the same exact quality, but are way cheaper.
The Doro Liberto 820 costs $275. Another $50 or so and you can get the OnePlus 2 flagship killer.