Product Type: Philips telephones
Newest Review: ... all I'm extremely pleased with the performance of this aging, old-fashioned seeming, button operated home phone. Philips have a sound pro... more
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Advantages: Simple features, good quality materials and very user friendly!
Disadvantages: I know it's simple but that's what's great! The loud speaker isn't good.
I think the most striking feature of this product is its all encompassing blandness; it looks identical to most models forwarding the same basic functions, and why shouldn't it. Who needs fancy asthetics when you have straight-forward practicality instead - and usually the two (good looks and useability) don't go together very well anyway, so go for the option that screams out reliability! I think that's probabaly the problem with the BT home hub, it focuses too heavily on looks. Saying all that I don't think the CD155 is a particularly ugly contraption, it has clean (sometimes curving) lines, the right spacing of buttons for its size, a neat black finish, and a few areas that light up orange (more for finding the thing in the dark than anything else). I feel the overall look of the product is sufficient.
The phone and hub are made from similar materials. The plastic of the hub is courser and duller than the phones, which is smooth and shiney, but the buttons are all of a slightly higher quality and seem to fit very well into the body of the two parts. The hub seems to collect dust and dirt far more than the phone, probably due to the amount that it is touched (but I think the quality of plastic has something to do with this as well). All the components are robust and durable, fitted together with good attention to detail whilst remaining rugged and strong. when dropped onto hard floor nothing spectacular occurs, and the whole product seems to remain in tact without scuff or scratch to any bodywork.
The phones interface operates through its small (1.5 inch, ish) LED screen which has an often offputting orange background glow - offputting because its slightly too bright in my opinion. When no buttons are pressed the screen dims to a black and white standby setting which uses vertually no battery life -(the battery is rechargable and charges when stationed properly on the hubs stand - I find the phone can be off the hub for 2 - 3 days without needing to be recharged). There is a permanent message on the screen which reads 'philips', and this is customisable. Using the buttons you can flick through to your contacts (which appear in list format) or write notes, this is all done by pressing the central 'home' button. Other buttons, such as 'MENU', 'OK', 'BACK', and 'EXIT' are used at various points throughout use. It's all very simple and straight-forward, anyone can get the hang of it in a few minutes without instruction manual assistance (something which is included). A 'PLAY/PAUSE' button is on the hub (one of the ones that lights up) which can be used to play back recorded items or listen to answerphone messages.
The sound quality from the ear speaker is excellent, very clear and concise. But the volume and sound quality from the loud speaker (positioned on the hub [top right]) is not so impresssive. It has a crackly, trebble dependant sound which makes even the kindest voice sound scratchy and unappealing in every way! I've never had any issue with connection breakage with this phone which is some feat - I have with CD155 to mobiles, just not from CD155 to other home phones.
All in all I'm extremely pleased with the performance of this aging, old-fashioned seeming, button operated home phone. Philips have a sound product here which doesn't go overboard on looks and features, but which does keep it simple and practical in a way that I respect and am glad to have in my home. A 5 star product which is still a no-brainer when it comes to home/small office placement.
AVAILABILITY: You can get the quad or duo sets from ebay refurbished or new at variable prices. Online stores like Bargainstock amongst others also stock the CD155 refurbished for cheap. They're hard to come by but worth it in the end.
PRICE: £20-50 (low end: duo, high end: quad) is my estimation at this time.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A top-notch, soon to be old-school, home phone system!
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