I bought this phone based on its looks, as it is a welcome departure from the ugly tombstone design that has predominated for a number of years. Whilst it is not entirely a triumph of style over function, I would have expected more at this price. I also wonder how well the chrome finishings will wear, particularly the coating on the plastic back covers.
There are two bugbears: no sim card reader; no quick setting for the answer phone, instead there is the laborious process of scrolling through the handset options. My four year old Philips' answer phone base unit had a button to set and remove the answer phone function.
A lesser point is the crudity of the graphics and text appearance. Whilst I did not quite expect mobile phone like appearance, with slick icons and stylish font, the 'prehistoric' look of the display is a little surprising.
The handsets though slim and light, have a positive feel to the closely grouped keys and I did not experience any mishaps when inputting numbers. The ringer volume is plenty loud on its default setting of 3 and callers sound clear. There is a considerable glow from the blue light on the base unit and handset display, and you can easily navigate your way to the door in a smallish dark room. I have switched off the handset display, which will also save on battery life.
There are 15 not very inspiring ring tones and no facility to capture sound and save as a ring tone as my Philips' is able to do.
BT may have started a trend in landline phone design and other manufacturers may well follow suit and move away from the tombstone, but overall several tricks have been missed here and if only a couple of my annoyances had been addressed, this would have been a much better phone.