Cordless phones with answering machine review 2009

An answering machine offers freedom at home and peace of mind when away.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Panasonic KX-TG8321AL $150
Siemens Gigaset A265 $70
Panasonic KX-TG7341AL $110
Siemens Gigaset SL375 $220
Oricom Slim 8800 $109
 

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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 quality score (%)Battery life score (%)Answering machine score (%)Talk time (hours:minutes )Standby time (days)Recharge time (hours:minutes )Price ($)
Panasonic KX-TG8321AL
www.panasonic.com.au
85
88
70
87
91
86
19:30
10
4:49
150
Siemens Gigaset A265
www.siemens.com.au
83
79
80
86
89
83
18:30
10
2:43
70
Panasonic KX-TG7341AL
www.panasonic.com.au
82
83
60
87
95
84
21:30
10
3:45
110
Siemens Gigaset SL375
www.siemens.com.au
80
83
90
85
59
84
14:00
6
1:34
220
Oricom Slim 8800
www.oricom.com.au
79
79
80
88
65
89
14:30
7
9:19
109
Doro Neo Bio 25r
www.doro.com.au
77
76
60
88
81
86
15:00
10
3:10
90
Telstra Slim 8400a
www.telstra.com.au
77
80
80
85
57
88
13:00
6
9:40
120
Uniden DECT 2035
www.uniden.com.au
77
80
40
87
90
91
19:00
10
8:58
80
Telstra V850a
www.telstra.com.au
75
69
70
88
69
89
16:30
7
11:25
130
Telstra 2400a(A)
www.telstra.com.au
74
74
50
86
77
88
13:00
10
12:42
110
Uniden Elite 9035+1
www.uniden.com.au
71
83
30
90
71
83
11:30
9.5
9:47
200
Uniden WDECT 3355
www.uniden.com.au
71
82
40
86
59
91
8:00
8.5
10:26
100
Telstra 8200a
www.telstra.com.au
70
74
30
85
79
88
14:00
10
9:28
70
Uniden DSS 8955
www.uniden.com.au
67
77
30
88
57
87
8:00
8
10:05
150
Panasonic KX-TG4391AL
www.panasonic.com.au
65
83
20
88
47
86
8:00
6
3:24
130
Uniden SSE17+1
www.uniden.com.au
64
80
30
86
38
89
6:00
5
8:58
150
Oricom eco5200
www.oricom.com.au
61
69
60
85
15
81
3:30
1.5
7:46
80
 


 
Features
Brand / model (in rank order)Backlit keypadColour displayGAP compatibleHandsets supportedHeadset portHearing aid compatibleBaby monitorCall waitingPhone book* Ringer off settingWall mountableSMS compatibleMuteHandsfree
Panasonic KX-TG8321AL
www.panasonic.com.au
6


9SD/200


Siemens Gigaset A265
www.siemens.com.au

4




10SD/40

Panasonic KX-TG7341AL
www.panasonic.com.au

1





Siemens Gigaset SL375
www.siemens.com.au
6


9SD/250
Oricom Slim 8800
www.oricom.com.au

5


9SD/100

Doro Neo Bio 25r
www.doro.com.au

6




Telstra Slim 8400a
www.telstra.com.au



5


9SD/200

Uniden DECT 2035
www.uniden.com.au


6




Telstra V850a
www.telstra.com.au


5





Telstra 2400a(A)
www.telstra.com.au



5





Uniden Elite 9035+1
www.uniden.com.au


6




Uniden WDECT 3355
www.uniden.com.au


4
10SD/100HS 10BS

Telstra 8200a
www.telstra.com.au



5





Uniden DSS 8955
www.uniden.com.au


10



Panasonic KX-TG4391AL
www.panasonic.com.au


1




Uniden SSE17+1
www.uniden.com.au


1

10SD


Oricom eco5200
www.oricom.com.au


4






 


 
Features
Specifications
Brand / model (in rank order)Dialpad and speaker on base unitTwo-way communication between handsetsBase station ringer loudness (dB)Handset ringer loudness (dB)Adjustable ringer volume settingsHandset volume control settingsMaximum speaker volume for handset (dB)Number of ringtonesPolyphonic ringtonesRecording of conversationBattery typeCan use other rechargeable NiMH batteriesDigital system (GHz)
Panasonic KX-TG8321AL
www.panasonic.com.au


78
73
7HS/1BS
4HS/6HSS
74
20
15
2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh

DECT 1.8
Siemens Gigaset A265
www.siemens.com.au


80
76
6HS
3HS/ HSS 5
72
10


2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh

DECT 1.8
Panasonic KX-TG7341AL
www.panasonic.com.au
83
74
7HS/ 4 BS
4HS/6HSS
78
15
10

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh
DECT 1.8
Siemens Gigaset SL375
www.siemens.com.au


74
6HS
3HS/5HSS
73
30
20
Batt pack Li-Ion 3.7V 700mAh

DECT 1.8 
Oricom Slim 8800
www.oricom.com.au



71
6HS/10BS
5HS/5HSS
83
10
8

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh
DECT 1.8
Doro Neo Bio 25r
www.doro.com.au


76
74
6HS
5HS/5HSS
78
10
5

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 600mAh
DECT 1.8
Telstra Slim 8400a
www.telstra.com.au

77
72
6HS/6BS
5HS/5HSS
78
15
10

Batt pack NiMH 2.4 V 600 mAh
DECT 1.8
Uniden DECT 2035
www.uniden.com.au

78
66
4HS/ 4BS
6HS
84
7
4

Batt pack Ni-Cd 2.4 V 650 mAh

DECT 1.8
Telstra V850a
www.telstra.com.au

78
76
5HS/9BS
5HS/5HSS
76
10


Batt pack NiMH 2.4 V 600 mAh
DECT 1.8
Telstra 2400a(A)
www.telstra.com.au

76
74
6HS/6BS
5HS
78
10
5

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh

DECT 1.8
Uniden Elite 9035+1
www.uniden.com.au

82
72
6HS/10BS
6HS
79
10
5

Batt pack NiMH 2.4V 650 mAh

5.8 GHz DDS
Uniden WDECT 3355
www.uniden.com.au

82
73
3HS
4HS/ 6HSS
75
20
10
Batt pack NiMH 3.6 V 800 mAh

WDECT 2.4GHz
Telstra 8200a
www.telstra.com.au

77
76
8HS/6BS
5HS/5HSS
80
10
5

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 550mAh
DECT 1.8
Uniden DSS 8955
www.uniden.com.au
79
72
4HS/4BS
6HS/10BS
79
7
4

Batt pack NiMH 3.6 V 800 mAh

5.8 GHz DDS
Panasonic KX-TG4391AL
www.panasonic.com.au


76
74
4HS/3BS
3HS/6HSS
74
7
4

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 630mAh
5.8 GHz
Uniden SSE17+1
www.uniden.com.au

90
79
3HS/3BS
3HS/8HSS
96
2

Batt pack Ni-Cd 3.6 V 500 mAh

2.4 GHz
Oricom eco5200
www.oricom.com.au

78
5HS/8BS
5HS/5HSS
87
9
5

2 NiMH AAA 1.2 V 600mAh
DECT 1.8
 

Using the table

Scores The overall score is made up of:

Ease of use: 30%
Range: 20%
Sound quality: 20%
Battery life: 20%
Answering machine: 10%

Price Recommended retail, as of May 2009.

Table notes

* SD = speed dial.
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
HS = Handset
BS = Phone base unit

How we test

Ease of use Our testers consider factors such as quality of the instruction manual, feel and comfort of the handset, whether the screen is easy to read and any other special features.

Sound quality A panel of users makes calls in a moderately noisy environment and assesses 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 time how long each setting lasts. They also time how long the phones take to recharge.

Range For each phone, our tester uses a wall of uniform concrete construction obstructing the line of site to the base station. The base station is placed within a warehouse building with solid concrete foundations and walls, while the handset is located outside on the opposite side of the wall. Maximum range is determined either by when the radio link is cut or a subjective assessment of when the degradation of voice quality makes conversation unacceptable. The actual ranges attained vary from less than five metres to 45m. A significantly larger range could be expected to be achieved under normal domestic building situations.

Answering machine Our testers look at the ease of use when creating a message and managing calls, as well as sound clarity and quality for both the message recording and the message left by the caller.