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A step backwards for a colour screen
on 29 June 2011
Bought to replace an ageing pair of Panasonic DECT handsets whose buttons had started to get very tempramental, I had high expectations of these handsets.
I was disappointed.
For all their colour screens, wallpapers and polyphonic MIDI ringtones, they are lacking some basic features that I'd considered standard on my (several years) older handsets. My main gripes are below:
- For starters, the handsets can't be named - it might sound trivial but I like to know when I find a handset on the sofa where it should go back to.
- There's no shared base-station phone book! This means that you've got to enter favourite numbers on EACH handset. Too many times I've gone to make a call only to find that the number hasn't been added to the handset I've picked up
- The ring-tones are, for the most part, pretty awful and there's no way of adding any others.
- There doesn't seem to be any facility to upload your own wallpapers so you're stuck with the 3 or 4 that Panasonic saw fit to provide.
With the current state of technology I didn't expect any of the things above to be an issue. But they are a significant source of frustration to me.
To be fair though, it's not all bad.
The styling is good. The construction is sound too. The colour displays are bright and easy to read and the joystick driven menu system works easily enough. IN use the sound quality is good and clear, even on the speakerphone. The range of the handsets easily enough for my needs - I've used it at ranges up to about 30 metres and there haven't been any problems. Battery life has been good - easily catering for several hours worth of telephone conferences in one sitting. The digital answerphone also works well - it's easy to record the outgoing message and playback is simplicity itself with a play button on the base station. There's even an indicator LED on the base unit to let yo know when there are new voicemails.
In summary then, it does a job but not as well as it should do for the money. There are some basic usability issues that really shouldn't have been a problem. So it gets 3 stars from me.