Product Type: BT telephones
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Really big buttons!
BT Big Button 200
Member Name: tirial
BT Big Button 200
Date: 21/10/12, updated on 23/10/12 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, cheap
Disadvantages: No braille, larger than standard phones
I first encountered an earlier version of this phone at work when I damaged a hand and had to use a brace, and my experience was good enough that I ended up finding this one for a neighbour with arthritis and hearing problems.
This is an extremely sturdy phone - you don't need to worry if you drop or knock it. The phone sits on a moulded base, supported by rubber feet that hold it firmly in place, so it won't move while dialling. This is raised and slightly angled to present the buttons towards you. It is a fairly big phone, but the controls and features are clearly laid out and enlarged to make them easier to use.
Physically the number buttons are large, and clear enough that even with visual problems they should be useable by most. Even with visual issues a user should be able to use this to call for help in an emergency. With a hand locked in a brace I could happily press these buttons, while I had trouble with standard ones. The smaller buttons may require a bit of a squint, but they are for advanced features like divert, which are less necessary. This may not be suitable for blind users - it has a double bump on the 5 to locate it, and raised one, two, and three dots on the "most important number" buttons, but there are no braille markings on the buttons.
Speaking of advanced features the phone has a broad range of extras. It has standard call transfer, call waiting and divert facilities, but these aren't ones we use often so I can't comment. A thirteen phone-number memory is also useful, but as a telephone luddite I didn't find this very easy to configure, even though the three most important numbers get their own dedicated buttons!
The extremely adjustable speaker volume and hands-free settings are very useful, even if you are just using it to let several people in the house to join in the same conversation. The ringer volume can also be controlled, making it easier to tell when it rings. With three ring tones you have some ability to choose one you like (or can hear better). I can't personally comment, but I have heard it works very well with a hearing loop.
There are some nice touches - the large print manual and the default settings being at maximum makes it very easy for users to get to grips with it. Also, since it's corded there is no risk of losing the handset round the house! The display lights are bright and clearly visible, so there's no confusion about what it is trying to tell you.
It is worth shopping around if you want to buy this phone. It is available for under £20 online, but can cost up to twice that in stores. Second hand and refurbished models are available more cheaply, so it is within the price range of most.
I found this very useful, and while it may be a bit large for a home phone, it is ideal for people with visual or audio problems who find a standard phone difficult to use. It also provides an excellent range of features for the price, and at less than £20, is a bit of a bargain.
(Please discount Update Possibilities and Processing below as irrelevant: To update this phone you'd be buying a new one. I've rated Quality at five due to the phone's durability)
Summary: An excellent telephone for people who have trouble with small buttons.
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