Why this smartphone has a big, red button
Even if you’re all alone, this phone’s got your back.
The Doro 8020X available in Europe and the UK is your typical waterproof smartphone, except it’s a bit more robust and potentially life-saving.
On the phone’s edge is a red buttonalso known as an assistance buttonthat sends out an alarm in the form of a text message with the user’s GPS location. This goes out to up to five emergency contact numbers pre-programmed into the phone.
It’s an ideal phone for people who find themselves alone, in remote locations or in dangerous situations for work or other reasons. It’s listed as a phone for users with an “active” lifestyle.
Doro, a Swedish company, specializes in phone technology for the elderly and people with disabilities. This phone caters to a slightly different vulnerable population, specifically workers in construction, agriculture, health care, social work, and other “heavy” industries.
It’s a pretty durable looking brick of a phone that runs on Android. It’s supposed to handle being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, is dust resistant, and has a long-lasting battery.
If you’ve broken more than a few iPhones, and don’t like swiping around for an emergency contact, this might be the phone for you.