Product Type: British Telecom telephones
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BT Decor 1200
Member Name: worst_trip
BT Decor 1200
Date: 21/06/10, updated on 28/06/10 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Is solidly constructed and has call screening and a host of other minor features too
Disadvantages: It's no thing of beauty
Following a disgraceful 'lost weekend'-style series of drink-induced events involving (amongst other things) the flex of our previous landline and a large pair of scissors, we were left temporarily bereft of a telephone round at our house.
This BT Decor 1200 was the cheapest corded 'phone they were selling at our local Tescos, of which they had a model left in stock yesterday. It cost £22 which I thought was a bit steep, but not being mobile phone users in general, we were desperate. Not being a mobile 'phone user I have never expected much in the way of 'bells and whistles' from my 'phone; with the one had before, you picked it up when it rang and / or dialled calls out on it, and that was essentially all it did.
Now I have this MULTIFUNCTION phone made by BT and the scales have fallen from my eyes, so to speak. I think it's brilliant.
Honestly though, the Decor 1200 it not a thing of great beauty. It's made of matte white plastic with an ill-advised silver-grey plastic inset over the 'screen' of the phone (it has an LCD that displays amongst other things, useless information such as 'incoming call' - as if you couldn't hear when it rings). The silver plastic was a bad mistake in my book as a piece of decorative trim, but I suppose overall the 'phone looks all right. It does from the 'top view' you see in the picture accompanying this review at least, but that said the sort of 'legs' / stand that it props up on at the front is made of thin plastic, which makes it look really flimsy from the side. And it needs two AA batteries! I never heard of a (corded) 'phone needing batteries before, but at least they gave us a set 'free' in the box it came in. The batteries go to power the LCD screen, of course. This permanently shows the time and date (although it's not a 'smart' phone so you have to programme these in correctly yourself).
(I was quite impressed by the packaging it came in, incidentally - apart from the odd thin clear polythene bag, it was all recycled / recyclable cardboard cartons - there was no polystyrene or anything like that).
So admittedly I wasn't particularly enamoured by this 'phone until I came to use it. It's quite heavy - maybe about 750g - which means that when you pick up the receiver, the base stays on the table. Our old phone was flimsy as heck - and was always 'coming with' the handset whenever you picked it up to answer a call. I never realized how much that deeply annoyed me till I had a 'phone that doesn't do that.
It has a programmable 'telephone book' (via the LCD screen) so you can programme in your most commonly-used numbers to save time. (I understand that to mobile phone users, this kind of feature is probably quite old hat but it's quite still exciting for me). It's also a Caller Display-compatible phone: you do need to subscribe to Caller Display via your existing phone line provider / company (and as it turns out once you've got the phone, this service is often free - my phone provider Talk Talk, for example, adds on Caller Display for free with the phone / internet package I'm currently on). Then when someone calls you up, it says on the LCD what number it is that's ringing you, and then you can make an educated decision as to whether to answer the call or not!
This is wonderful technology indeed. Now I will never have to talk to any of the people whose interference at the weekend led to the trashing of our previous 'phone! Peace of mind, at last.
I do have a slight worry about how 'hungry' it's going to turn out to be for the old AA batteries, but if it'll accept rechargeables - I don't know yet but I hope it will - I will be positively ecstatic with delight.
As if this wasn't enough, the phone also has a volume control, an LED that tells you when it's ringing, a hands free option, a number redial button, it takes 1571 messages (not so good from my point of view, this) and it also has something called a 'secrecy' function (though I don't know what that is, yet).
All this for £22. The BT Decor phone might not look like much, but for what it does for what it costs, I think it's fantastic. I'm really pleased with this.
Summary: This phone could change my life! (re. call screening function)
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