I've owned this Phillips cordless phone for at least 5 years, it was my first venture into the crazy *new* age of cordless phones when my old phone's cord was chewed through by my previous cat!
I chose this particular model as far as I recall purely based on the twin factors of recognised name coupled with a low price. This set is still available on Amazon priced at £22.99, and I believe I paid around the £30 mark for a two-handset arrangement, which was pretty good value at the time.
Looking at the handsets today the first thing I think is that they look very dated. There isn't really anything aesthetically pleasing about them at all. They are fairly chunky, the text on the screen is a very basic slimline digital text and the buttons are very proud and bold. The best way I can describe what I'm looking at is that it's like a child's toy phone!
The top quarter of the front of the handset is given over to the earpiece, and beneath that is the screen. Directly under the screen is an arrangement of keys needed for programming and using the functions of the phone and the lower half of the front features all the numeric keys.
The functions of the phone are fairly limited - there is a phone book in which you can store up to 50 numbers. This is handy if you have caller ID on your phone bundle from the supplier - I don't and I have found over time it is easier to dial numbers rather than find them in the phone book. It was quite a laboursome job to type the names and numbers, and I gave up after 4 entries, I just don't use it, even for those four.
Unfortunately, nothing about the phone is particularly intuitive - the menus are quite clunky to navigate around. Other than the phone book, the main menu comprises Personal Settings (ring tone adjustments, naming handsets, language) Clock/Alarm (as it says on the tin) and Advanced Settings which enables you to set/change a PIN number (not required in my opinion) or to reset the handsets.
I have my phones ringing with a standard "ring-ring" and there are 10 variations on that tone, no tunes or anything to excite. I need to have the phones on maximum volume to hear them, as my main handset cradle is in the hall, only one room away, but I was unable to hear it with the TV on when I had it on a lower setting when I initially moved house. This could definitely be a problem for some - it's not overly-loud, even on maximum.
The cradles for the phones are a matt black plastic finish and they look ok, they are nothing more than cradles, no additional buttons or lights. The phones bleep when they are housed back onto the cradles to let you know that you have positioned them properly, and as such they continually charge themselves. The claims from the handsets is 12 hours talk time, 150 hours standby. My phones are permanently kept in their cradles and I have never had cause to check or verify those claims, but I have had the phone with me for the past half hour whilst I've been writing, and already the battery icon is flashing, which is quite worrying! I guess the standby time would diminish over time, but from 150 hours to 1/2 an hour is quite a comedown! The cradles come with very long power cables but the plugs are the deep ones, so that's not good if you want to plug them into a socket behind a cupboard which is flush to the wall.
When using the phone, the digital display is backlit with an orange glow, but in my opinion the text is still pretty unclear to see. The buttons themselves, however, in their simplicity and chunkiness are incredibly easy to use. I rarely hit a wrong digit, and there is a bleep with each key press to let you know it's registered. The numbers themselves are bold white against the black background and very easy to see. The fact that the keys also stand 1-2mm proud of the phone also make them very easy to use.
I seem to have been very critical of my phone in this review which is quite harsh as they have done me perfectly good service for many years. In call they are perfectly clear for me to hear (earpiece volume is adjustable) and I have never had any problems with people hearing me. There is supposedly a 130m range on them and although I have never come close to testing that, I have on many occasions been on the phone in the garden without any loss of quality at all. These are perfectly efficient phones, it's just that there's nothing special about them whatsoever.
I have to say I don't think I would be tempted to buy these phones again when they give up. At their current price, they don't represent especially great value although they are a very functional set-up. I can't award less than 3 stars as they were marketed and sold as a telephone and not intended as a stylish accessory.
I bought this phone when we moved house two years ago, as I thought it would be better if we could walk about with the phone for example someone is upstairs and the phone is answered down stairs then the phone could be taken up stairs without a problem.
The sound quality on this phone is excellent, it is very clear, which is good. The phones charging dock has a locate button which if pressed makes the phone ring so you can find it if it has been misplaced.
The set-up of this phone is easy, you have the power going in and the phone line going in, the only disadvantage is that you need to put a convector on the end of the cable which plugs into the socket (provided)
The phone has a good choice of ring tones which you can change, you can also adjust the ringer volume, and the in-call volume.
The phone has a long range, you can take it out into your garden and still have very clear quality.
I have recommended this phone to my parents, as they are pensioners and are starting to struggle with mobility, this phone is great for them as they can take it out of the dock and sit it next to them, this works all day, because it has an excellent battery life.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.