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Emporia RL1 Review

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Emporia RL1 Review
Introduction:

Docking station - Emporia RL1 Review
Docking station - Emporia RL1 Review

Docking station

Okay, before you start asking questions like “What is this phone doing here?” and the likes, keep in mind that there are people out there that do need a handset like the Emporia RL1. Offering nothing but the pure basics, the phone is meant to be as easy to use as possible and is designed with the elderly in mind. The Emporia RL1 has a big numeric keypad, a high contrast OLED display, a minimalistic user interface, an LED flashlight, and comes with a docking station out of the box.


Design:

With its crude looks and rough edges, the Emporia RL1 is surely not pretty, but then again, it was never meant to be.

Most of its front side is occupied by a huge, backlit numeric keypad, which is really convenient to operate by users of all ages. The 1.8 inch OLED display is very easily legible thanks to the high contrast levels that it provides. However, there is a constant flickering that becomes more and more noticeable by the minute, and while most users will not be bothered by it, others might find it annoying.

Most of the front side of the Emporia RL1 is occupied by a huge, backlit numeric keypad - Emporia RL1 Review
Most of the front side of the Emporia RL1 is occupied by a huge, backlit numeric keypad - Emporia RL1 Review
Most of the front side of the Emporia RL1 is occupied by a huge, backlit numeric keypad - Emporia RL1 Review

Most of the front side of the Emporia RL1 is occupied by a huge, backlit numeric keypad


Emporia RL1 Review

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On the phone's sides we see a dedicated flashlight button, a power button, a keyboard lock key, and a 2-button volume rocker. The volume rocker is very well exposed while the power, lock, and flashlight keys are extruded, which prevents accidental presses.

Volume and power keys (left) - Emporia RL1 Review
Lock and flashlight keys (right) - Emporia RL1 Review
Back - Emporia RL1 Review

Volume and power keys (left)

Lock and flashlight keys (right)

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Charging port and 3.5mm jack (bottom) - Emporia RL1 Review
Emporia RL1 Review
LED flashlight on top - Emporia RL1 Review

Charging port and 3.5mm jack (bottom)

 

LED flashlight on top


Overall, we are happy with the way the keypad and the buttons on the phone's sides have been designed. Sure, the Emporia RL1 will not win any beauty contests, but that is a disadvantage we can live with.

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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:47 2

1. ivanprskalo (Posts: 107; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I will buy one for my dad. Maybe one for mother too. I think it is tailored to them.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 02:25

7. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I should buy one for my mom as well. lol. I will whenever the device becomes available here, even if it's via pre-order.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:05 1

2. Shin (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Very nice!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 16:45

3. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I like how it kinda looks like a cheap chinese iphone knockoff in a way.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 02:24

6. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


You think about the iPhone too much.

posted on 15 May 2012, 11:23

8. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Your iPhone is also a chinese. remember, it is made in china, by foxconn!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 19:58 4

4. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


3 hours talk time battery life? nooo...

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 23:04 2

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


200 hours standby time is pretty long... lol

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Display1.8 inches, 160 x 128 pixels (114 ppi) OLED
Size4.29 x 1.97 x 0.55 inches
(109 x 50 x 14 mm)
3.25 oz  (92 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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