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Would have been impressive in the 1990s
on 20 June 2012
This appears to work adequately as a phone - it can at least make and receive phone-calls - but the form factor, usability and functionality leave a lot to be desired.
First, and most obviously, the buttons are HORRIBLE. They feel too small, need a good hard push to get them to work, and I find that almost every time I make a call I have to go back and edit the number because one or more button presses failed to register. This is completely unforgivable, and makes the phone a pain to use.
The display is small, cramped, and monochrome. I suppose it would be foolish to expect much more at the price, but in an age when almost everyone is used to mobile phones with large, full-colour screens, often with touch-screen functionality, this feels like a refugee from the 1990s. As does the phone-book: you can enter up to 250 names and numbers, but to be frank who would want to spend several hours doing this, using those horrible fiddly erratic buttons, when you probably already have all of those numbers programmed into your mobile and backed up to your Google account or wherever.
I've not spent a lot of time with the answerphone - I set it up, switched it on, and increased the number of rings before it kicks in, but when I'm away on business and I phone home I hear the required number of rings and then am cut off without ever being given a chance to leave a message.
I have had one or two other little niggles while using the phone - dropped calls etc - though I can't really be certain whether the phone itself is to blame for these. Overall, I've given it two stars just because it works as a phone and is not too expensive, but I'm far from impressed with it.