Product Type: British Telecom telephones
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BT Graphite 1100
Member Name: pamplem0usse
BT Graphite 1100
Advantages: Cheap, can put up to four handsets on a loop, good sound quality
Disadvantages: Battery life, a bit rickety, annoying ring tones
Usefully the purchaser has a choice of a single handset, twin, triple or quad phones - with RRPS of £24.99 (Amazon price £23.37) £45.55 (Amazon price £31.70), £59.99 (Amazon price £40.30) and £71.59 (Amazon price £68.99) - offering sufficient handsets to suit every household size (although if you require four you're probably better off looking at a second line!). We have a double set which is just perfect for our little cottage, enabling us to keep one upstairs and one down (and avoid the potential issue with a single handset running out of charge -- see below).
All present good value for cordless phones, and are relatively easy to use with a lack of features -- whilst maybe frustrating for the technophile, this makes them particularly suitable for old people (or the easily confused, a group in which I include myself!!) though the numbers are perhaps a little on the small side.
Each phone sits in its own shiny black eliptical shaped cradle which functions as a charger. The phone itself is basically a rectangular stick with a slight curve to it - not particularly ergonomic as it's curved in the wrong direction to sit with the speaker neatly at the ear and the microphone at the mouth....
Two other minor issues: as I've already said the numbers and symbols on the buttons are very small. They also don't light up (nor does the caller display LCD) meaning that the phone can be quite difficult to use in low-light conditions.
- Good sound quality (although I do only live in a small house, I'd be interested to know how it coped with longer distances).
- Annoying polyphonic ring tones (and a choice of only five)... I'm also expecting a sales person to be on the other end before I've even answered because of the mood it puts me in ;) (OK maybe only on a hormonal day)
- Doesn't feel particularly well made, the keypads are looseish and rather 'clicky'
- Battery life really isn't very good: it's supposed to last 10 hours from full charging. Maybe the rechargeable batteries we were supplied with were duds, but we've never been able to reach this sort of level (and since good quality rechargeable batteries cost in the region of 1/2 the price of this handset, which I'm not expecting to last forever, I haven't ever got round to replacing them). As a result having two handsets is often necessary just in order to ensure that we have one always ready to go....
Summary: A good first cordless phone to replace once the Dooyoo points are coming in!
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