Beautifully packaged although took a while to set up as in so many different pieces. Keys have to be pressed quite hard as well before they connect which can make dialling quite slow and you have to watch that each number has actually been put in. Answer machine very easy to set up and use though.
The reason why I chose it, is because it has an answering machine which is new for me. Before, people always told me it was a pity not to be able to leave a message so, I made up my mind to buy one and this telephone corresponded to my wishes.
The phones are very lightweight and were easy to set up. I am not so good at reading instructions - so the easy set up is a bonus. The fact that there are 4 of them means you can always find a phone to answer a call. There could be more choice of ringtone and a sim card reader would be good - as you have to re enter all of your phone numbers into the memory. The answermachine is a good filter to avoid any unwanted calls - but you have to remember to look whether the light is flashing to pick up messages. Also, it is a faff to delete those messages too.
But on the other side there are so many other great features with this phone and obviously I cannot discuss each and every one of them. However, I would highly recommend the Philips CD 245 as in my opinion, this model exceeds any other phone. They are extremely efficient, the signal quality is excellent and they have plenty of useful features.
We thought we'd go modern and buy a cordless phone (and answerphone) for the first time ever. after much deliberation, we chose this one. In the year that we've had it, its never let us down, it always records messages as it shoud and generally works as expected! It has a little display on the base unit that will flash with the number of messages that you have received, and you press one button to play through all of the messages and another to delete them when you have listened to them. very simple stuff. Though if you come home to 10 messages and you want to save one or two of them you can't - as when you press delete it gets rid of all the messages on there. the only gripe i would have is that the batteries supplied dont have that great a life in them, ours have been on the blink for a couple of months now, with the battery losing half its life after being on the phone for about 10 minutes. We have replaced these now with general rechargeable batteries (as you can't buy the official Philips batteries that come with the phone anymore) and all is back to normal again. So for the cost of about a fiver for the batteries our phone is as good again as the day we bought it. Great backlit display, perfect for when the phone is ringing in the dark! Good choice of ringtunes as well, we've got a catchy little jangle which is far better than the normal "ring ring"!
Recently we have been haunted by our cordless home phones! Ringing once during the night with no caller, giving us the fright of our lives, cutting out during a call and crackling so we can't hear the other person talking! We decided we definitely needed to invest in a new set and what better time than the sales!
We searched around a few shops and online and felt the best deal we found was from Tesco. Reduced from £49.99 to £29.99 The Philips CD245 Duo Digital Cordless Phone Set was just what we were looking for.
The phones are packaged neatly in a cardboard box. Included in the box are the 2 phone handsets, the 2 phone bases, one of which includes an answer machine, 2 mains adapters, the cable to connect the main phone to the phone line and 4 rechargeable batteries, 2 for each handset. All items are well packaged but still very easy to unpack.
A stylish looking set all in silver. The phone handsets themselves measure roughly 6" x 1.75" x 1" and are very easy to hold. The main unit with answer machine measures roughly 4" x 4.5" x 3" and the smaller base unit for the second handset measures 3" x 3" x 2.5". Both base units gradually narrow coming to a peak at the top. Quite a neat and compact set overall. The phones themselves and the answer machine all have off white buttons with black digits printed on them. Each phone has a display screen with a funky orange backlight.
**The Set Up and Initial Use**
Before using the phones the rechargeable batteries must be inserted and the phones placed on their bases with the bases being connected to the mains power. They should then be left to charge for 24 hours until fully charged. Once they are charged the set up is really easy. The main base station must be connected to the phone socket and then connected to a mains power point. The second base unit can be placed anywhere as long as it is connected to the mains power. Now the phones are ready to use.
The main base station has the answer machine built in. This is pretty straight forward and simple to use. There is a play/stop button, which as it would suggest plays the messages and stops them. They are played back in order of first recorded first. There is an LED orange indicator light which is on when the machine is on, it blinks slowly at 1 second intervals when there is a new unread message and quicker at ½ second intervals when the memory on the answer machine is full. There is an on/off key to switch the machine on and off if required. A delete key deletes the current message and can delete all messages by pressing and holding. Two arrow keys allow you to repeat or skip messages and there is also a volume key allowing you to increase or decrease the volume during playback. Also on the base unit is a paging key to locate the handset when it has been misplaced!
This phone has a phone book function where you can store up to 100 numbers, each entry can have up to a maximum of 24 numbers and 12 characters for the name. The phonebook can be accessed by pushing the button with the little book symbol displayed on it. To add entries into the phonebook you access this facility by using the menu button, scroll through to phonebook and then add entry. The name needs to be added first followed by the number.
If you don't want to access the phonebook, or perhaps use the same numbers frequently you can use the redial list. This stores the last 5 numbers dialled and can be accessed using the scrolling buttons.
An intercom function can be used between handsets, but only those registered to the base units. Not really sure if I would use this function, I think I would probably just shout! Although I suppose it could be handy in a very big house.
External calls can also be transferred from one handset to the other, this is easily done by placing the caller on hold and then entering the handset number.
You can set the time and date on these phones allowing you to check when calls were made. There is also an alarm function.
A loud speaker function allows others in the room to listen into the call and the keypad can also be locked.
Caller ID is also available on this set, displaying the number of the person calling on the screen.
One function I love (sad I know) is the choice of 10 polyphonic ring tones. Really cool I think for a land line! It's great having a funky ring tone for the home phone, although it does take some getting used to I don't know how many times I've stood wondering what the noise was and where it was coming from and then missed the call!
This is a digital phone set, which is supposed to give a better sound quality than analogue and I do definitely feel the sound quality on calls is clearer. It is a nice looking set with all the functions needed. The hand sets are a good size and fit nicely into the hand. Sound quality on ring and calls is very good and I do like the volume control, which can be used during a call if the caller isn't quite loud enough or too loud as the case may be.
The instruction manual with the phone set is very well laid out and easy to follow as is the set up of the phone.
Overall I would definitely recommend this phone.