I got this item as I wanted a digital cordless phone at a decent price (cheap!). I got this at a good price from Argos - it cost me £19.99 which I thought was a bargain for a cordless phone. Although the price is low it does not look cheap. In ebony shiny black with a a decent light up screen and the screen has a good clarity and easy to read and a solid feeling handset it has been a great buy.
It has a selection of ringtones to choose from (10 in all), it will also memorise up to 50 numbers for speeddialing and a last number dialled recall facility. It is small and discreet enough to fit nicely on a desk without taking up too much space. It has call log, hands free facility (of course) and adjustable ring tone - which has been a boon to me as you can have it on low and still hear it clearly - also the tone is not shrill on the louder ringtone. The DECT is very good - never fails on signals - always has been very clear and audible - never any crackling etc or poor reception.
Since purchasing ths I have seen in on special offer at Tesco for £12 (2011) - which is an absolute bargain.
The handset takes 2 3AAA batteries.
It has 100 hours standby which I have found helpful as I often wander into anther room and leave it on the side table of the base. The base acts as a charger as soon as you put it back into the base cradle so soon charges it up. There is 10 hours talk time on it when fully charged.
A sound phone, very easy to set up, stylish, good value phone.
I bought the Binatone Symphony 2210 as my dad wanted an easy to use cordless handset with a rechargable battery, a clear display and large buttons. This has.
The phone originally cost us £19.99 however it has reduced greatly and can now be found online for as little as £8 for a single phone, £15 for a duo set and £20 for a trio. This is a great price, for a basic, but sturdy cordless phone.
The handset is a candy bar style with a large, 2 line LCD screen which lights up a bright orange. It's very clear and easy to read. The buttons are in a hard silver plastic and the overall look is like an early mobile phone with the red and green pick up and disconnect buttons, a four way button and two function buttons along with a menu button and a full 12 keypad. My dad has a Nokia mobile and he thinks these are similar in look and function in terms of the layout.
The battery life is excellent, it comes supplied with 3 x AAA batteries which hold a good charge - 10 hours talk time and up to 100 hours standby. The docking station charges the handset and lights up the LEDs (red, orange and green) on the base accordingly.
The range, too, is very good for the price of the phone - 50m indoors and up to 300m outdoors - meaning that this can be used anywhere in the house or garden and still get a signal. This means you can sit outside on your landline phone making the most of your call plan (for example we have free evening and weekend calls) rather than use the pricier mobile - much better than being tied down to a curly cord! You can lock the keypad like a mobile so there's no accidental dialling if you're in the garden or have it in your pocket whilst you do housework.
The phone unit has a number of useful, if basic, applications. It has a clock with date and alarm function, a 40 name and number phone book, a last number redial list of ten entries, and an incoming call log of 20 entries. There are eight ring tones to choose from (we stuck with good old ring ring). The volume can be adjusted for both ring volume and handset audio, and the great bonus of this budget handsfree is that there is a very loud, very clear speakerphone which means you can just place the phone next to you and hear, and be heard by, your caller. It's great quality.
There have been no interference problems with the handset on our WiFi or from any of our telecom equipment, and overall it's been a really good phone for the money. After two years of use, the battery went a bit and we bought a new phone rather than a replacement battery, but to be honest the replacement phone even though it was pricier isn't a patch on the Binatone 2210 and we wish we hadn't replaced it!
Overall this is a basic phone in black plastic, which looks quite simple, and to be honest, is quite simple. But with the simplicity you get a quality phone in terms of sturdy build, good quality audio, decent call log and store features, and an excellent battery life. And all this for less than a tenner for the solo unit - an absolute steal. I'd highly recommend this phone - it's not the latest and the greatest and it might not have downloadable polyphonic ringtones or games, but it's a trusty and affordable cordless phone which would suit any user.
If you are looking for a good looking but inconspicuous cordless phone for your house or business, but you have got a strict budget, the usually the first thing to do is check Argos or Ebay, my choice was Argos, and the phone of choice was the Binatone Symphony 2210.
At £19.99, the price for this phone is excellent. To look at it, it seems it should be more expensive. It has a nice, black/silver design, with a basic and neat keypad layout with and amber backlight display. There are many other cordless phones on the market that match this price, and some such as Philips, Panasonic & Siemens are very nice looking handsets, but I had choosen a Binatone previously, and so went with this make again. The handset has memory for 50 numbers, has a talktime of 10 hours out of its charger with 100 hours standby time. This doesn't seem a lot I grant you, but how often do you forget to put the phone back in its "home"?
--Quality and Usability--
This handset performs exactly how you would imagine for a phone going for this price. The buttons are soft to touch and respond well. The display is clear and bright but does sometimes have trouble keeping up with your button pressing. Also, if you make a mistake, clearing your mistake is not as simple as you'd think. Sometimes repeatedly pressing the 'C' button doesn't clear the screen, but a quick press of the red 'call end' button will. This is a little annoying, and sometimes your button presses will not be recognised at all.
Some of the symbols on the keys are a little vague, but after you have become accustomed with its controls, its quite simple to operate. The answer-phone can hold up to 15 minutes, and is easy to access and edit. Unfortunately, you cant delete individual messages, you have to delete the whole memory that's it. There is also a limited number of ring-tones available, which are all quite un-exciting, and to be honest the sound of the ring-tones can give a 'throw it at the wall' feeling, they can become a tad irritating. There is a nice paging feature which lets you activate the handsets tones via the charger if you have mislaid it. The volume of the phone in general is quite clear and can be adjusted to your preference.
The in-call sound quality can vary from time to time, but mostly is loud and clear. I have had some issues with the receiving end hearing my voice clearly, but again this is infrequent and don't expect a phone costing this little to really be problem free.
All in all, this is a nice looking, and a quite good telephone for its bargain price. Yes, I feel it has some faults. It entirely depends on weather you can get used to these little issues, but as a cheap second handset, or just a second phone for the bedroom, its a good deal, but not a main telephone for the home or business.
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