6 digital cordless (DECT) phones on test
29th Apr 2009 | 08:25
Digital telephones for your home
In a round-up of the best digital cordless DECT phones out there, this compact, stylish and distinctive model, the BT Granite, looks like a high tech minimalist's dream come true.
Sadly the reality doesn't quite measure up, thanks to iffy build quality and a rather underwhelming UI. Having said that there are far, far worse DECT phones out there…
Read the review: BT Granite DECT phone review
BT Stratus 1500
Oh dear. Team a massive handset with a tiny display, indifferent UI and a range of underwhelming features and you end up with this. It's what Darth Vader would choose… if he was stuck in Poundland and they wouldn't let him leave 'til he bought something.
Read the review: BT Status 1500 DECT phone review
What a revelation this is – smart, stylish, easy-to-use and with a UI that doesn't make you scream out in pain. Motorola has done us proud. Only the slightly spongy action of the keypad disappoints. Otherwise, marv.
Read the review: Motorola D1100 DECT phone review
This incredibly old fashioned-handset and answerphone reminds you what mobile phones used to be like before the advent of colour screens, sexy UIs and all that multi-touch nonsense. Yes, it's incredibly basic, but the Panasonic KX-TF7321G gets all the basics right. Can't be bad. See also the Panasonic KXTG7322 and the KXTG7323 - which come with two and three handsets respectively.
Read the review: Panasonic KX-TG7321G DECT phone review
Without question the best DECT phone we've seen to date – serving up a great range of features in a stylish, compact and very desirable body. It's a shame then that the UI is so disappointing - all spindly text and uninspiring menus. Still you can't have everything, can you? (Hint: yes we can)
Read the review: Philips ID555 DECT phone review
Three handsets and a base station for a shade over £36. If this isn't the best DECT phone bargain of the year we don't know what is – especially when the set is as stylish, simple to use and eco-friendly as these. Yes, it's all very thrills and frills free, but boy what great value for money.
Read the review: Sagem D16T DECT phone review