Which cordless phone?

 | December 4, 2008 3:41 PM

This is kind of stupid but I can’t decide which cordless phone to keep.  On Black Friday I bought the Uniden 1560-2 for $30 at Home Depot.  It is a simple two handset system.  Then the next day Fry’s had the Panasonic KX-TG9344T on sale for $70, a fancier four handset system.

The reasons to buy the Uniden 1560-2.

  • name each handset, e.g. “Frank”
  • bigger buttons
  • program caller ID not to show your area code
  • a little easier to enter text because you can switch between capital or not capital letters mode
  • caller ID displays faster than on Panasonic

The reasons to buy the Panasonic KX-TG9344T.

  • maybe more reliable
  • maybe better sound
  • uses NiMH AAA batteries instead of those big clunky ones but must be charged in Panasonic charger
  • screen is nicer
  • phonebook automatically shared w/ all handsets, w/ Uniden you have to manually command one handset to copy its contacts to another handset
  • can use headset
  • can block calls
  • programmable night mode where handset will not ring during that time
  • talking caller ID option
  • uses phonebook to give better caller ID info
  • alarm option

I thought I was going to go with the Panasonic because someone complained they heard static when I called them with the Uniden.  But later when I called them the second time with the Panasonic they complained I heard static.

Everyone sounds good to me when I listen on any of the phones but I am starting to think that the quality of the outgoing voice is not as good, possibly because the upstream bandwidth is smaller than the downstream bandwidth.

Which phone should I choose?

3 Responses to “Which cordless phone?”

Young Jun Son wrote a comment on December 7, 2008

Panasonic. I almost never regret buying the more reliable option. I love my Panasonic.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on December 8, 2008

Thanks Young Jun. Your comment confirmed I made the right decision, I went with the Panasonic. 🙂

Alex H. Wang wrote a comment on May 14, 2009

just bought it… thanks Frank!

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