Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?
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04.Novelty Shop Bluetooth Retro handset


This is the least expensive Bluetooth handset. It's made of hard plastic, which could be uncomfortable with extended use, particularly if your hands sweat. It has a volume rocker and single control button, which click quite loudly in the earpiece.

All instructions are on the packaging and it claims seven days' standby with four hours' talk time. Charging is via the supplied USB cable. There’s no suggested time for a charge, but it does specify at least an hour to begin with.

Its sound quality is pretty poor. Voices are bearable, but there’s no bass and high tones are sibilant and scratchy.

Brand / model: Novelty shop Bluetooth Retro Phone Handset
Price ($): $35
Connection: Bluetooth, USB for charging
Controls: ON/OFF, Start/end call, volume
Claimed battery life: not stated
Origin: China


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