Archos 35 Smart Home Phone
Skype savvy Android DECT set
The handset’s rear speaker broadcasts loud and clear and there is plenty of ringer volume available. The stock Android 2.2 dialler is a bit basic but there are dozens of alternatives in the Market including my personal favourite Go Contacts EX.
The domestic dialler catches up with the 21st century
For something that will spend its life indoors and sat in a charging cradle, battery life is not as important as it is with a mobile phone but a full 24 hours was easily achievable including well over an hours talk time. Thanks to the micro USB port, you can use the handset while charging which is not the case with most DECT phones that typically have to be in seated in the cradle to recharge.
The Archos Home Phone has a price tag of £140 but shop around and you should be able to find it for around the £125, which I’d say is reasonable value.
As a fully-fledged smartphone the Archos Smart Home Phone leaves a bit to be desired but as an everyday DECT phone with the option of Skype calling, it’s altogether more successful. Indeed, the video calling delivered a crisp image at both ends, easily matching the performance of swankier smartphones I've tested. So if you've a Skype habit at home, having this Android around the house looks like a smart call. ®
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