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you will be disappointed. This is a DECT phone very similar to ...
on 20 January 2015
Short review from my side after having bought this last week.
First of all, it all depends on your expectations from this phone. If you expect Samsung S-series smartphone-level performance, you will be disappointed. This is a DECT phone very similar to its predecessor (SL910a) but with a more friendly and pretty operating system.
As long as you stick with the normal DECT functions it works pretty well: calling, answering machine, paging/intercom, address book functions etc. Normal Android preinstalled apps work also reasonably well (Gmail/e-mail accounts, browsing, account sync).
As soon as you start tapping into Google Play downloaded apps, the experience starts to degrade because of the slow processor and limited memory.
From what I tried up to now, apps that work reasonably well are simple internet radio apps, Beautiful Widgets, simple utilities.
Anything heavier and smartphone-like will slow it down considerably.
I will list good/bad points compared only to similar devices, i.e. Android DECT phones. Comparison to normal DECTs is not relevant.
-build and finish are top-notch. Above the competition (Panasonic PRW120/150), quite heavy but well-made.
-LED for notifications, blinks when answering machine messages are present or when mails arrive
-Siemens design means the base station can be tucked away as it doesn't have any use by itself, no buttons except the pairing one
-sound from external speaker very strong and clear
-very stable, a least for me, no restarts or lockups; this is without messing with downloaded apps from the store, I can imagine that heavy use of smartphone apps can lead to issues
-no way to see when the battery is fully charged. The handset screen goes off when put on cradle and the notification LED is not used for battery charge status indication
-no Bluetooth, only 3,5 mm audio jack for headphones; this also means no wireless sync with PC/Mac possible
-no GPS, no cameras; this means no video-call possible on Skype
-it has a gyroscope for auto-rotation but it is only enabled on some of the preinstalled apps (Youtube/mail/browser)
-memory available for app install is quite small (420 MB free after updates with only stock apps)
-bloatware preinstalled that cannot be deleted: Siemens apps as well as Google ones
Limitations of the Android 4.0.4 system that is used:
-SD card cannot be used to install apps. I still have to find an app from the store that I use frequently and that can be installed on SD card
-most of the apps in Play Store have been updated for 4.2 and are not compatible anymore with 4.0.4
-because Android is used, the only way to sync is through Google account; Gigaset Quicksync software is still useable but only for transferring data from another handset, not for sync with PC/Mac