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Emporia RL1 Review

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Interface and functionality:

The interface on the Emporia RL1 is as basic as it gets, and that is a great advantage considering the phone’s target audience. Making things even simpler are the help messages, which pop-up after a menu item is highlighted for several seconds.

The interface on the Emporia RL1 is as basic as it gets - Emporia RL1 Review
The interface on the Emporia RL1 is as basic as it gets - Emporia RL1 Review

The interface on the Emporia RL1 is as basic as it gets


Press the navigation key down and you are taken to the device's phone book, which you can search through by typing a contact's name. The results are conveniently displayed in real time, and it doesn't matter whether you search for a contact using their first or last name. Composing a text message is easy thanks to the phone's big keypad and the interface's large, legible font.

Phone book - Emporia RL1 Review
Phone book - Emporia RL1 Review
Phone book - Emporia RL1 Review
Phone book - Emporia RL1 Review

Phone book


Messaging - Emporia RL1 Review
Messaging - Emporia RL1 Review
Messaging - Emporia RL1 Review
Messaging - Emporia RL1 Review

Messaging


Text size adjustment - Emporia RL1 Review
Text size adjustment - Emporia RL1 Review
Text size adjustment - Emporia RL1 Review
Text size adjustment - Emporia RL1 Review

Text size adjustment


The rest of the phone's already short list of features includes a basic calculator, an alarm clock with one possible entry, speed dial for up to 5 numbers and the ability to set up reminders. You can also make a list of shortcuts for frequently used functions, which is accessible straight from the home screen.

Calculator - The Emporia RL1 has a short list of features - Emporia RL1 Review
The Emporia RL1 has a short list of features - Emporia RL1 Review
The Emporia RL1 has a short list of features - Emporia RL1 Review

Calculator

  

The Emporia RL1 has a short list of features


Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks that we need to point out. First of all, there is no intuitive way of switching between normal, silent, and vibrate modes as the volume rocker only adjusts the earpiece volume during calls. Besides, the phone sometimes lags when you input text or phone numbers.

In a nutshell, the phone's interface is simplified as much possible making it very suitable for use by the elderly. Sure, it has a few flaws, but we do not consider them to be a deal breaker.

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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:47 2

1. ivanprskalo (Posts: 102; 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: 2230; 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: 1497; 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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