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Emporia RL1 Review

Emporia RL1 6.5

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Emporia RL1 Review
The Emporia RL1 offers several sufficiently-loud polyphonic ringtones to choose from, yet the loudest one of them is set by default. Besides, the vibrating alert is easy to feel when the phone is in your pocket. When it comes to in-call audio quality, voices both in the earpiece and on the other side of the line sound loud and distinct, and the Handsfree mode is available for the times when needed.

The phone's 800 mAh battery is rated for 3 hours of talk time or 200 hours in stand-by mode, which are both nearly unacceptable figures nowadays. A solution to this would be having the phone constantly in its docking station when not in use, which, on the good side, would make it much more difficult for the user to lose the handset.


If you are looking for a phone that is as simple to use as possible, the Emporia RL1 would be a good choice as it has both a gigantic keypad and a simplified interface. However, before getting one for yourself, or for an elderly relative of yours, keep in mind that its battery life is way below par. Another thing that may make you search for an alternative would be its relatively high price of around $120 contract-free, which is enough cash to buy you at least two budget-friendly Nokia handsets.

Emporia RL1 Video Review:


  • Huge numeric keypad
  • Large fonts
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Good in-call audio quality


  • Unappealing looks
  • Short battery life
  • Relatively expensive
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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:47 2

1. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; 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: 3165; 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: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

3 hours talk time battery life? nooo...

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 23:04 2

5. GeekMovement (unregistered)

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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