We have seven people living in our house so we get a fair few calls. Problem is the house is quite spread out and whilst the phone may be ringing in the hall, everyone might be two stories up. Multiple handsets are therefore a must. The Bt Studio 1500 was on offer at our local Tesco and with four handsets plus a built in answering machine we snapped it up.
The main phone, which must be plugged into the phoneline, sits on a round base unit which is six inches in diameter (it's not perfectly round - see the photo above). This smallish footprint means it's easy to find a spot to site it where it doesn't get in the way. This main unit has the control buttons for the answering machine which are all large and easy to use with clear lettering. A few LED lights indicate power on, battery charging and messages waiting as appropriate at any given time. A super large 'Play' button makes it easy to hit when you've just walked in and your hands are full of shopping or you have gloves on still. Message playback is accompanied by a nice lady's voice informing you of the time and date at which the message was left.
The hansets are ergonomic in design and medium sized buttons make it easy for those with large digits or poor eye-sight to dial. Each phone has a seperate phonebook allowing you to customise each handset to the people who are likely to be using them. Handy in a house of 7 when you have a phone in a specific persons bedroom, not so handy if there's just two of you and you need the same numbers in each phone. In this case you'd spend quite a while programming the same information into four handsets. Bummer.
Reception is usually good and I've had no experience of any inteference from the neighbours cordless handsets. The range is reasonable, I can take a handset out onto the patio with no trouble. It doesn't work at the end of the garden but that is around 50ft from the base unit. Battery life depends on the batteries you put in the phone. I currently have a very old set of rechargeables in one handset and I get around forty minutes from them. Obviously the newer batteries last much longer. On the plus side, recharging the batteries is super quick and I can have a fifteen minute conversation on just 5 minutes of charge (probably not adviseable as it ruins the battery charge memory).
The only downside to this quad set is that you can't call a particular handset from another handset and talk to people in other parts of the house. I was able to do this with our last quad set and it came in very, very useful. Hollering is however, good exercise for the lungs!
Our old binatone dect phones were starting to look a bit grim to say the least- one was even held together with sellotape! time to get some new ones. Now i'm not really up to speed on all the fancy gubbings a phone can do so i went for one at a good price and these popped up after several searches. I bought the white version of this quad pack and i must say they look rather nice. They were well packed with everything necessary to connect to your phone line- and that was a breeze to do. There is a good detailed manual that tells you all you need to know and i got the answer machine up and running in a couple of minutes without a hitch. I have the 4 handsets/ cradle in 4 rooms downstairs and the signal is very clear on calls. My partner tends to leave them lying all around off the cradle so thank goodness the batteries last for a good few days, the only problem i found was with one handset that if not put on the cradle exactly it wouldn't charge ( you hear a beep to say its on correct) no big deal in the greater scheme of things and i heartily recommend this quad set, and that's from someone who isn't considered techy when it comes to phones!