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We have several Panasonic items in our house and it seems they prefer to cram technology into their products rather than have any thought for the end user experience. For example, to get to your answer machine messages, press Menu, then scroll along to the Answer Machine icon, then press OK, then it tells you how many messages youve got. Wait for this summary to disappear, then scroll down to Play New Messages, then press OK. Previously on our Philips phones, a single button press would do all this! Quite frustrating, when theres 2 redundant buttons on the handset.
Other annoyances are:
(1) The screen goes blank, meaning you need to press a button to get it to light up. This means youve then got to press another button to get back to the beginning
(2) Its not obvious on the handsets how many messages are left, especially when the display goes blank! Then youve got to go through the rigmarole described in (1). Theres an LED on top - why couldnt that flash denoting the number of messages???
(3) Pressing the Contacts button doesnt bring up any contacts, but an interim screen that tells you what to do next. Surely the icons on the soft menu would do this??
Otherwise its fine. Good points are there are 40 ringtones - enough for all tastes. Volume control on the handset. Handsfree facility. Excellent sound quality. Even a graphic equaliser!
Overall it is quite difficult to use and I would not exactly 'recommend it' to you.
This phone was bought for me to use in my office for my telesales job and it is brilliant. The speed dial option vastly increased my work rate and the speaker volume option allowed me to adjust to the conversation at the time. in particular i would advise using this phone with a headset. (if you are making a large volume of calls) It has a built in headset option that allows for a very quick response between ending and beginning new calls. I am also impressed by the chord on this phone. I was constantly having problems with my old phone chord becoming tangled but this one is very durable to such ailments. For those with sight difficulties, the large buttons would make a considerable difference and also allow for faster dialling. When researching a new phone, i looked at many different possibilities and this was the best in term of value for money and ease of use