This “ain’t” your mothers rotary phone. Remember having your fingers really doing the walking ? By the time you dial the “1” and the area code, you forgot the rest of number. It didn’t have any cool apps, you couldn’t take a picture, it didn’t tell people that you weren’t home and it couldn’t tell you who called. The funny thing is, that same rotary dial phone costs as much to a collector as a brand new digital vTech phone. Being part of that generation, I find retro looks quite cool.
vTech has designed a retro-style phone that looks like your mother’s rotary dial phone, but with features and quality for 2012 and beyond. With this updated sleek design, the “rotary” phone has now entered the high tech ages.
The Retro phone is really sleek looking. Between the curves, the color choices (black, cranberry, orange, white and cyan) and even the rotary designed keypad, this phone is one that will fit with any design, décor or finish.
The handset on the Retro phone is cordless and is charged when placed to rest on the telephone in its cradle. It includes a digital answering system, caller ID/call waiting (depending on your phone service) as well as the ability to store close to 50 calls. It has in included address book and a backlit keypad and display
So does it work well? The battery came with about a ¼ charge. It was placed in the kitchen and hooked into a jack. It was briefly tested to verify dial tone.
After it was fully charged, it was time for a three-fold test;
· Directly connected to a wall jack
· Directly connected to the phone modem
· Connected to the Ooma VoIP device
Humphrey Bogart, as Lt. Cdr Queeg in “The Caine Mutiny” once said; “Superior performance is standard, standard performance is substandard, substandard performance is unacceptable.”
Call clarity was superior in all cases. There was nothing standard about it. Callers on the other end complimented the sound. The volume control was on both the base and handset for convenience. The caller ID screen was clear and easily visible.
While un-advertised, the unit appeared to have some kind of noise cancellation, as no background noise was heard on the outgoing message. Also interference was not experienced whether via handset or speakerphone usage. This was excellent considering the electronics surrounding the base unit.
All in all, the VTech LS6195 Retro phone really is a five star unit. Between the value, the vTech quality and honestly the cool looks, this is a go anywhere phone. It looks as good as it sounds, and visa versa. Learn more at vTech’s website.