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==Panasonic Trio home Phones KXTG8323==
We have had these phones for a good few years now and I can't understand why I haven't reviewed them sooner. They have been our longest lasting phones to date and are still going strong. We bought them from Argos if I remember correctly (well we do seem to buy everything electrical from there as its so easy to take back should something go wrong). And I remember thinking there were not too expensive at around the £80 price region.
What you get for your money should you choose to purchase these three phones, although I am sure there is bound to be a newer more advanced model since when we bought these is a set of three phones with a built in answer machine. The phones are cordless and they sit in a cradle which needs to be plugged into a power socket. Only one of the three phones needs to be attached to a phone socket and this is the one with the largest base unit.
The phones come with a very large instruction manual which I can't say I have ever really looked through because not only it is rather thick and complicated looking but I found the whole set up of the phone system really very simple and the phone book set up is so easy to do a 5 year old could do it.
The phones not only look good but are super sturdy as well because both myself and my 5 year old are pretty clumsy and I can say that I have dropped the phone onto the hard floor on more than a dozen occasions and so has my son and this hasn't seemed to affect the phone in any way.
There is a massive storage capacity of the phones and you can have up to 200 names and numbers stored but I can't say I have any more than 50 (and a lot of these are takeaways and local businesses! Mrs popular I am!) Not only that but there are a whole load of different annoying ringtones to choose from and some are just far too digital sounding and I really only like the basic ring ring sound of a telephone. You can't do anything like assign a ringtone to a particular person like you can on the latest models or indeed a mobile phone but I like the surprise of looking at the phone to see whose ringing or heaven forbid its a number I don't know - the excitement gets too much!
The answer phone is pretty straight forward and the buttons on the front of the base unit are clear and easy to follow. The system has a good storage for voice messages as well and I never really have to delete them in order to have enough space.
The one thing that I have always had trouble with when using previous house phones such as these is the battery life of each phone. They seemed to run out pretty quick and even when they were in charge all day seemed to burn out quickly if left out for a short period. These phones however seem to keep the battery life well and there is a charge cut off that when the phone is fully charged even if you keep it in the base unit it will stop charging and therefore you won't run the ris of overcharging the phone and thus not nuking your battery life.
I get a good amount of talk time from the battery power and I can't say that in all the time I have had them that the phone has ever cut out from lack of battery. The signal is always clear and the distance I can walk away from the base unit is pretty good as I am able to go out and water the whole garden whilst listening to mum chat away and the line doesn't cut out at all - mores the pity!
Overall I have to say that these phones are certainly doing Panasonic and myself proud. The price I paid for 3 phones and a answer phone is certainly a good one in my opinion and the fact that they are simple to use and operate makes them even more appealing as I don't want something too complicated for a house phone that doesn't really get used that much. The battery life is good as is the storage for numbers and voice calls. The button which will help you locate the phone if it is not in the base unit is very handy for when my little boy picks the phone up and hides it some place you can locate it with the beeping noise.
All in all I can't fault the phones. They are going strong still whilst still looking good too. I think I can easily give them a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I purchased this set of Panasonic telephones approx. 3 years ago now from Currys for £69.99. On the web they looked very stylish in their piano black glossyness with good reviews. When I unpacked them I was pleasently surprised to see that they came with batteries for each of the handsets. However, the handsets looked great but felt rather cheap and lightweight. My first thought was 'these won't last 5 minutes with the kids chucking them around the room!'
Each of the 3 handsets has a good sized 1.5 inch screen which makes reading it easy and wallpapers are interchangeable. Screen resolution is ok and the menu screen gives you access to all of the functions that you'll need by using the center joystick, such as the answerphone, 200 name phonebook, last number redial etc. They each sit on their own charger and there is a main unit for one of them which you can use to access the answerphone system to retrieve your messages - this is an easy task. Each handset can be put onto speakerphone mode - so handy if you need to free your hands for another task. It will also support Caller ID if you have set that function up with your service provider.
The sound is very good and you can adjust the loudness of the call. And the ringtones are loud.
Ringtones are awlful and montonic
When I first unpacked the phones I didn't think they'd last long, but they have gone through hell and back with my children dropping them on our wooden floor and there's not been any damage to them at all.
Apart from the obvious functions of phonesets, you have the function that will let you page another phone in the house which can be handy & saves you shouting across the house if you need someones attention! If you find that you want to add additional hands sets then you can at a later date.
Now I am a girl who likes to talk, and with friends and family living far away then my phone is one of the most essential things to me. This phone has been used in my household for a long time now and has always served me well. It has clear answering machine reception and easy use. Fits your hand perfectly and is brilliant for long phone calls without glueing itself to your ear, its slick quality makes this product excellent for people who enjoy a long chat.
The sound quality has never faultered yet and also carrys clear, high quality effect from its speaker-phone, always useful when trying to multi-task on the phone. If you are having problems with your current phone system then I would happily recommend this purchase for long lasting, high quality standard.
Panasonic is a trusted brand and i know this from first hand experience as this simple, yet fully equipped cordless phone has yet to make fault in my home.
It recently became clear that I needed to change my home phone as callers were becoming very hard to hear. My old phone had lasted for over 10 years so I decided to splash out on a new digital phone. My previous phone had 3 handsets, alarm, phonebook etc.
Looking around the shops I realised that replacing my trusty old phone was going to be difficult.
Most 'attractive' phones I tried seemed flimsy and not well made but the phones that did have a good solid feel to them generally looked unattractive. (Just because it is a phone does not mean it cannot be aesthetically pleasing).
Eventually I came across the Panasonic range. The KX-TG8323 caught my eye straight away I liked the look and it felt as if it would cope with the rigours of a woman chatting to her mates. It also came with 3 handsets so that I could strategically place phones around the house to ensure ease of getting to a call. So I purchased the Panasonic KT-TG8323 for £105.
The Panasonic KT-TG8323 comes in a set of 3 with an answer-phone facility. The casing is sleek shiny black with a very good sized colour display. The base for the phones are quite small and compact, even the bit with the answer-phone which is great as you do not need to clutter up your furniture with large phones.
The colour display is, as I have mentioned before, a reasonable size and shows the date & time.
Setting up the phone was quite a doddle. It comes with all the leads, both electrical and phone line, that are required and all set into their respective slots quite easily. You have to insert the rechargeable batteries yourself but even this is not a chore as the back of the phone detaches quite easily. I chose not to attach the belt hooks.
The instruction manual that came with the product clearly showed all the options the phone has - 200 phone number memory / 1 button dial / sms function etc. It also shows how to navigate, set up your own recorded message for the answer phone, ring tones, enter & save phone numbers etc.
I browsed through the instructions and then started the set-up. It took a while to input all my phone numbers/names but then it would on any new phone as there is not, as yet, a facility to store them somewhere and download to a new phone (or at least I haven't found one). Once I had done that on one phone I checked the others but was concerned that none of the numbers showed in the memory (my last phone automatically transferred the numbers to all other handsets). So I re-read the instructions and found that you have to send all the numbers to each individual handset. This can be done either number by number or in one lump. I obviously opted for 1 lump and they all transferred smoothly (albeit it was a pain as had to work out which phone handset was which so that I could transfer to both (it gives you the option handset 1, 2 & 3 which isn't too bad). However, this does mean that I need to remember to transfer any new numbers I record or change in the future to the other handsets or I will find that I can only find the number on one handset. I then played with the display options to ensure I liked the colour on the screen / the picture etc. There was also a LCD Dimmer option which I turned to 'ON'.
So after giving the phones the mandatory charging period I made my first call. It was great - I did not have to ask anyone to shout so that I could hear them, the phone felt balanced and comfortable in my hand (a must if you are going to be on the phone for hours at a time).
Everything was fine, I thought, until the first night. I then realised that it did not have an alarm (I always used my previous bedside phone as an alarm - you could set it for the time and then choose the days it went off - great for Monday to Friday and no worry that it would go off on a Saturday or Sunday unless I specifically set it). This Panasonic does not have an alarm. It does have a memo feature though that you can set like an alarm, the only problem being that if you choose 'daily' it will be waking you up at some ungodly hour at the weekend unless you turn it off the night before. If you set it daily, you have to input the date and time each time you do that.
The other problem was the display - gosh is that bright at night. I could almost read by the light it gave off. The only way to get the display to go dark was to take the phone off the charger. When you do that, then the screen goes dark after about 5 seconds.
I re-read the book but the only thing I could see that would affect it was the LCD Dimmer option. But this was already turned to 'ON' on all the phones. (Yes all the other handsets were as bright as a button). I tried changing the background colour and dialling the brightness right down but to no avail, in the dark of night the phone glows like a beacon.
I eventually decided to put the instruction book down and have a play with the handset myself and lo and behold - it would appear that the LCD Dimmer options should be turned to 'NO' to allow the screen to go dark whilst on the charger.
Overall, whilst I like the phone I guess I expected a newer phone to have the same handy items my old phone had - like automatic transfer of phone numbers to all handsets and an alarm. However, I cannot fault its looks or the quality of sound. Whether it will continue working for as long as my old phone - I don't know - it certainly seems robust enough but only time will tell.
In the meantime I have bought an alarm clock for the bedroom.