Cordless phones review 2008

Cordless phones remain a fixture in most Australian homes.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Siemens Gigaset E450 $149
Siemens Gigaset SL370 $199
Uniden WDECT 3315 $80
Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS $50
Siemens Gigaset A260 $59
Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT $100
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

Performance
Brand / model (in rank order) Overall score (%) Ease of use score (%) Range score (%) Sound score (%) Battery score (%) Talk time (hours:minutes)* Standby time (days) Recharge time (hours:minutes) Range (m) Price ($)
Siemens Gigaset E450
www.gigaset.siemens.com
79 75 91 84 60 11:45 7 4:45 70 149
Siemens Gigaset L370
www.gigaset.siemens.com
76 71 91 81 58 14:45 5.5 1:38 70 199
Uniden WDECT 3315
www.uniden.com.au
73 74 65 86 69 9:00 10 9:41 50 80
Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS
www.panasonic.com.au
72 73 59 88 72 14:00 8.5 4:51 45 50
Siemens Gigaset A260
www.gigaset.siemens.com
71 71 59 81 81 15:00 10 9:10 45 59
Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT
www.panasonic.com.au
70 80 52 83 69 9:00 10 3:51 40 100
Sagem D15T
www.dse.com.au
68 70 59 78 66 13:30 7.5 7:17 45 35
Oricom ECO50-1
www.oricom.com.au
67 66 46 86 83 16:00 10 8:55 35 49
Doro NeoBio 20
www.doro.com.au
66 70 39 83 82 15:30 10 6:00 30 40
Telstra VSlim 300
www.telstra.com.au
65 72 65 86 34 8:00 3.5 6:40 50 129
Oricom slim8000-1
www.oricom.com.au
64 69 46 80 69 15:00 7.5 6:41 35 79
Uniden DECT 2015
www.uniden.com.au
63 77 26 80 80 14:30 10 13:50 20 55
Uniden WDSS 5315
www.uniden.com.au
62 82 26 78 71 10:00 10 11:00 20 100


Features Specifications
Brand / model (in rank order) Ringer loudness (dB) Adjustable ringer volume settings Handset volume control settings Maximum volume for handset (dB) Number of ringtones Polyphonic ringtones Can use other rechargeable NiMH batteries Digital system (GHz)
Siemens Gigaset E450
www.gigaset.siemens.com
73 6 3 84 15 5 DECT 1.8
Siemens Gigaset L370
www.gigaset.siemens.com
76 6 3 76 30 20 (A) DECT 1.8
Uniden WDECT 3315
www.uniden.com.au
78 3 4 86 20 10 WDECT 2.4
Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS
www.panasonic.com.au
69 7 3 79 20 2 x AAA DECT 1.8
Siemens Gigaset 260
www.gigaset.siemens.com
73 6 3 86 10 DECT 1.8
Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT
www.panasonic.com.au
74 4 3 78 7 4 2 x AAA FHSS 5.8
Sagem D15T
www.dse.com.au
65 4 3 87 3 DECT 1.8
Oricom ECO50-1
www.oricom.com.au
84 6 5 79 9 2 x AAA DECT 1.8
Doro NeoBio 20
www.doro.com.au
70 6 5 77 10 5 2 x AAA DECT 1.8
Telstra VSlim 300
www.telstra.com.au
68 6 5 83 10 (A) DECT 1.8
Oricom slim8000-1
www.oricom.com.au
78 6 5 88 10 8 2 x AAA DECT 1.8
Uniden DECT 2015
www.uniden.com.au
65 4 6 89 7 4 DECT 1.8
Uniden WDSS 5315
www.uniden.com.au
70 4 6 86 7 4 FHSS 5.8


Features
Brand / model (in rank order) Backlit keypad Colour display GAP compatible Handsets supported Headset port Baby monitor Call waiting Phone book Speed dial numbers
Siemens Gigaset E450
www.gigaset.siemens.com
6 150 10
Siemens Gigaset L370
www.gigaset.siemens.com
6 250 9
Uniden WDECT 3315
www.uniden.com.au
4 100 10
Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS
www.panasonic.com.au
1 50 9
Siemens Gigaset 260
www.gigaset.siemens.com
4 40 10
Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT
www.panasonic.com.au
1 50
Sagem D15T
www.dse.com.au
4 30
Oricom ECO50-1
www.oricom.com.au
5 10
Doro NeoBio 20
www.doro.com.au
6 20
Telstra VSlim 300
www.telstra.com.au
5 50
Oricom slim8000-1
www.oricom.com.au
5 100 9
Uniden DECT 2015
www.uniden.com.au
6 70
Uniden WDSS 5315
www.uniden.com.au
8 70

 

Using the table

Scores The overall score is made up of:

  • Ease of use: 30%
  • Range: 30%
  • Sound quality: 20%
  • Battery life: 20%
  • Price: Recommended retail, as of November 2008

All phones in this test come with NiMH rechargeable battery packs, except for (A) models.

(A) These models include Li-ion rechargeable batteries and can’t use other rechargeable batteries.
* Rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.

How we tested

Ease of use Our CHOICE testers considered factors such as clarity of the instruction manual, the feel and comfort of the handset, if the screen is easy to read and any other special features.

Range They took the phones outside a brick house while the base still had a direct line of sight, to measure how far they could have an intelligible conversation.

Sound quality A panel of three users made calls in a moderately noisy environment and assessed speech clarity, speech loudness, line noise and background noise reduction on each model.

Battery life After fully charging each phone’s battery, our testers set the phones to talk and standby, and timed how long each setting ran. They also timed how long the phones took to recharge.

 
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