Do ‘seniors’ really want an old fashioned phone? Some do, for sure, and for those who do one of Europe’s big sellers – “Europe’s best selling seniors phone brand” we’re told – has now launched one of its most popular models here. The Doro 6520 is a “clamshell design” with “big well-spaced keys to make dialling and texting a breeze”. The keys are backlit. It does indeed do Internet along with email and Facebook using a 2.8 inch (71mm) colour display with QVGA (320 by 240 pixel) resolution.

It has been designed with a focus on ease of use, ease of visibility and ease of hearing (“loud and clear sound”). It also works as a picture phone.

There are useful apps – calculator, alarm clock, calendar, weather and there’s also an FM radio. And of course contacts with five hundred slots.

The phone is 3G enabled (it uses a micro SIM rather than a nano SIM) and can be expanded with a 32GB maximum microSD card. It supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and also has a headphone output. The outer case has indicator lights for email received and low battery. And it’s hearing aid compatible.

Importantly, there’s an assistance key, making for fast help when needed.

A two megapixel camera provides for happy snaps. The 800mAh battery is rated at eight hours talk time and 380 hour standby. The phone is supplied with a USB cable for use with any standard USB adaptor (one amp is sufficient).

The Doro 6520 phone is available now from Optus stores for $119.