After reading a number of different reviews on this phone I was in two minds as to whether to get it. Some reviews on other sites said the sound quality was poor, there weren't enough ring tones, the base and the handset ring tones are different. Well after getting the phone and seeing for myself I'm glad I didn't listen to those reviews. The sound quality is crisp whether on loudspeaker or not. On loudspeaker I've had no problems except when on the other side of a 10ft room (but at that distance I was still just audible) and if you want to use your phone as a sort of announcing system then I'd suggest rebuilding your room and fitting one in. There's a good variety of ring tones from the standard ringing to classic and techno. If you're annoyed with the base unit not matching the handset you can just turn the volume down to off, however I've found it handy to have on a low simple tone in case you want to put the handset on silent and forget to turn it back on again. At least with the two tones you can be sure to not miss you calls. The answer machine is great and has three functions. You can either have it off, have it set so that someone can leave a message or have it set to notify that you're not there but so that they cannot leave a message. The only function that I couldn't really test is the text messaging as this is dependent on you service provider and being in Jersey this is not currently supported. Aside from the technical aspects, the handset itself is sleek, lightweight and straight forward to use. The symbols are pretty self explanatory, one for a the directory, messages and speakerphone. The buttons are also large and easy to press. The only thing that some may not be happy with is the fact that the keys are not back lit, but in my opinion unless you're always making calls in the dark this is a feature that can be managed without.