“ Manufacturer: Binatone / Talk Time: 9 hours / Standby Time: 100 hours / Caller display / Speakerphone / Digital Answering Machine / Record Time: 15 minutes / Message counter on base / 50 Name and Number Directory / 10 Ringer Melodies „
I have not long had this Telephone. Our other Landline isn't even all that old, but it hasn't been a good phone. The charge doesn't last all that long in it and we just wanted to get a more reliable Telephone without spending all that much on it.
We got this Telephone for £28.99 which I think is a good price. I know that Cordless Telephones are pretty cheap thesedays and this isn't the cheapest out there but it is mid priced I would say.
The handset and base look the same as the picture on here. We just have out Base unit sitting on a little table which also has a Lamp on it, so we didn't want something that was large and bulky. From the picture this looked a good size, and it fits on my little table just fine.
The screen on this handset isn't all that large but you can see all the information on it no problem. Having caller display this shows the number that you are getting a call from, and if you want to dial out this has a pre stored Contact book which is easy to scroll through and dial.
I thought with this handset being black then it may look a bit cheap in the shiny plastic way that some phones do, but this looks sleek and nice enough. The buttons have a red glow behind them and it looks alright. The handset isn't all that chunky and is easy to use and hold and the buttons press in easy as well.
The built in answer machine is alright as well. Nothing much to say about this feature other than it does the job.
Charge wise this does alright. I don't keep a tab on how long this lasts after a charge, but this perhaps lasts say 8 days. I don't use the phone all that much and don't get a huge amount of calls in on the Landline, but I do still use it.
All in all a good Telephone which is easy to use and is a good price in my eyes.
It seems to me as though the need and want for 'home' phones has been reducing dramatically ever since the introduction of good value mobile phone contracts. However, with companies such as Virgin and BT offering joint broadband and call packages, it's no wonder the business of hubbed wireless house phones is still up and running.
With the 'Binatone iDect V2i' the future of house phones has been realised, and in true style. The aesthetics of this wonderous device are the best I've seen in any house phone - sleek, luminescent, yet minimalistic, both the phone and hub blend seemlessly into a digital object which looks both peaceful and powerful. The red glowing button text acts almost like a mood-light in the corner of your kitchen. The sweeping bends of the base are ornamental, and standing alone the hub still fails to look out of place in the majority of household environments.
It's with the basic software of the device that it is let down ever so slightly. The very simple, almost 'ugly' text of the screen doesn't fit with the devices aesthetics. Similarly, the size of the screen makes the phone look out of proportion and from certain angles, dated. Using the phone, you can tell that developers have attempted to make the layout as simple as possible, but due to the small screen, it can still be difficult to navigate the system.
As the phone has some relatively large and easy to press buttons, that navigation difficulty is minimalised. In fact, the general hard-ware feel of the product is excellent - you don't find yourself accidentally pressing the wrong buttons, and assigning hot keys for lightening fast call dial-ups works well within the interface.
You can tell the materials of the two combined products are very high quality. The phone softly clicks into place when positioned on the base, and there are no creeks, and also creeks don't seem to develop over time. The whole package is very light and easily transportable when un-plugging and moving from room to room over time.
I found setting up the product equally easy and straight forward. After plugging in the phone and leaving it to fully charge over 15-hours (as told to in the manual), options appeared on the screen of the phone for setting up and the instructions were quick, simple and straight-forward. The phone asks you whether there are any other phone systems in the property which it might connect to.
Overall, I found this product very state-of-the-art to operate and look at. It's dark, luminase colour sceme compliments its surrounding, and its powerful capabilities challenge those of mobile phones. I would recommend this product, but would erge customers to look around for the best deal, as I've seen this priced at in excess of £50.00 - which seems far too much to me.
*Available on Amazon for £35.99, a reasonable price.