Price: $99.99 on Amazon
I love a sleek device. Even better? A sleek device that takes up virtually no counter space in my already cramped office. Enter Swissvoice's ePure DECT phone. I don't use a home phone frequently, but this phone may just make me change my habits.
The phone is marriage between style and substance. The ePure offers many handy features, but the thing that will ultimately cause you to choose this phone over another is the design. The base has zero buttons, making it sleek and simple, while the handset itself is fairly streamlined as well. When it's sitting on the deck, nearly all the buttons are hiding - and when removed - the interface is designed to sit flush with the rest of the device. Both the phone and the charging station are made of a polished white plastic (black option available also), similar to many Apple devices. I thought it looked great next to my iMac in my office.
Ergonomically speaking, this phone is hit and miss. The handset is comfortable to hold between your ear and shoulder - but after 20 minutes, I honestly found myself wishing it wasn't so sleek. The slippery plastic can cause it to slide on softer fabrics or hair, and its thin design means you have to lean just a little harder into the headset.
If you're worried about radiation from phones (ahem, paging my conspiracy theory uncle) then this may be worth the price. The FullEco construction means the phone is built to keep emission emitting technology further from your ear. In other words, the gaping shape in the middle is actually meant to keep bad waves from your brain. Pretty smart.
In use the HD Voice feature proved to actually perform well. I called both cell phones, home phones, and my iPhone through Bluetooth in my car and the clarity was surprisingly better than anticipated. I am also a speakerphone addict and I'm surprised to say it, but I prefer the speakers on this phone to running my calls through a base I bought for the express purpose. Part of it is portability, but the Swissvoice honestly put out good sound and the receiver doesn't seem to lack in pick up either.
The battery life is just insane. I left the phone off the receiver for a full 24 hours and then picked it up to make a call. And no, it wasn't powered off. No problems there after a full charge.
One deal breaker: the answering machine is not a standard feature. It's only available on an upgraded phone and with this one running at $99.99 - I can't imagine spending more than $100 for a landline home phone.
Pros: Great battery power; sleek and simple design; excellent battery life; EcoMode function is better for the environment and your brain.
Cons: High price; no answering machine on standard model; phone is very thin and uncomfortable for wedging between shoulder and ear
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