Cordless phones with answering machine review 2009

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03.Profiles

Profiles - What to buy

Panasonic KX-TG8321AL

Price $150 Panasonic KX-TG8321AL

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Screen saver mode.
  • Alarm.
  • Colour LCD.
  • Headset connection.
  • Long standby time.

Bad points

  • Loses time setting after a power cut.

Siemens Gigaset A265

Price $70 Seimens A265

Good points

  • Second-best range performance.
  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Alarm.
  • Long standby time.

Bad points

  • No call waiting.
  • No polyphonic ringtones.

Panasonic KX-TG7341AL

Price $110 Panasonic KX-TG7341AL

Good points

  • Keypad on base station allows calls to be made without handset.
  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Long standby time.
  • Longest talk time of models on test.
  • Alarm.
  • Call privacy.

Bad points

  • Loses time setting after a power cut.

Siemens Gigaset SL375

Price $220 Siemens Gigaset SL375

Good points

  • Colour display.
  • Bluetooth.
  • SMS compatible.
  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Separate base station and charger.
  • Alarm clock and calendar.
  • Two-way communication without the base.
  • Best range of models on test.

Bad points

  • No headset port (only Bluetooth as an option).
  • Not able to access messages from base.
  • No indication on base that there is a message.

Oricom Slim 8800

Price $109 Oricom Slim 8800

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Baby monitor.
  • Alarm.
  • Clear display screen.
  • Has call barring to prevent certain numbers being dialled.

Bad points

  • Not as comfortable to hold compared with other models on test.

 

Profiles - the rest

Doro Neo Bio 25r

Price $90Doro Neo Bio 25r

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Long standby time.
  • Headset connection.
  • Alarm.

Bad points

  • Power adapter does not have an efficiency marking like the rest of the models on test.
  • High standby power consumption.

Telstra Slim 8400a

Price $120Telstra Slim 8400a

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • SMS support.
  • Has DECT headset for hands-free operation.
  • Alarm.

Bad points

  • No polyphonic ringtones.

Uniden DECT 2035

Price $80Uniden DECT 2035

Good points

  • Long standby time.
  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Privacy mode.

Bad points

  • Lowest ringer loudness on the handset of the models on test.

Telstra V850a

Price $130Telstra V850a

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.

Bad points

  • No polyphonic ringtones.
  • Loses time setting after a power cut.

Telstra 2400a

Price $110Telstra 2400a

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • SMS support.
  • Large keypad.
  • Large display.
  • Long standby time.

Bad points

  • No hands-free feature.

Uniden Elite 9035+1

Price $200Uniden Elite 9035+1

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Headset connection.
  • Privacy mode.

Bad points

  • Loses time setting after a power cut.

Uniden WDECT 3355

Price $100Uniden WDECT 3355

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Two-way communication between base station and handset.
  • Recording of conversation.
  • Can make calls from base without handset.
  • Privacy mode.
  • Headset connection.
  • Easy set-up for answering machine and base station option.

Bad points

  • External aerial.
  • Loses time setting after a power cut.

Telstra 8200a

Price $70Telstra 8200a

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Three-way chat.
  • Alarm.
  • Long standby time.

Bad points

  • Loses time setting after a power cut.
  • Very poor range test results.

Uniden DSS 8955

Price $150Uniden DSS 8955

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Can make calls from base without handset.
  • Privacy mode.
  • Headset connection.
  • Hearing aid compatible.

Bad points

  • Very poor range test results.

Panasonic KX-TG4391

Price $130Panasonic KX-TG4391

Good points

  • Headset port.
  • Alarm.

Bad points

  • Worst range of models on test.
  • No out-of-range warning.
  • Only one extra handset supported.

Uniden SSE17+1

Price $150Uniden SSE17+1

Good points

  • Headset connection.
  • Visual ringer.
  • Can make calls from base in a power outage.
  • Large display.
  • Emergency dialling.
  • Large keypad.

Bad points

  • Loses time setting after a power cut.
  • Poor range test results.
  • Only one extra handset supported.

Oricom eco5200

Price $80Oricom

Good points

  • Out-of-range warning.
  • Can make calls from base without handset.

Bad points

  • No backlit keypad.
  • No ringer on phone when connected.
  • Shortest talk and standby times.
  • No headset port.
  • Short battery performance.
 

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