Cordless phone design has progressively deteriorated over the past few years in the United States. This regression is unsurprising as corporations focus on the growing cellular and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) markets. A separate land-line however continues to offer reliability and potentially vital redundancy. There are a few worthy solutions for the design conscious. If you’re willing to spend.
V-Tech’s flagship i5871 has proven so popular, the company has struggled to keep up with demand in the past. A popular piece among television set decorators, its photogenic qualities don’t entirely translate in person. It has a surprisingly mediocre build that is more prone to damage than other phones. Depending on your viewing angle the leg supports can look downright silly. I also found it less comfortable compared to my first generation 5.8 Ghz Uniden. Beyond these blemishes, the i5871 does feature powerful capabilities not offered by its competition including address book transfer via Outlook.
In Europe, designer Jacob Jensen has created a series of slick telecommunication devices that evoke the Bang & Olufsen of yesteryear. No surprise as Mr Jensen was a major B&O designer for three decades. That series offers a wall mounted cordless phone, the T-6.
Unlike other cordless phone manufacturers, Philips designs have gradually evolved, culminating in their latest 2007 CES Award winning DECT 6.0 ID9371B. At the time of writing, the phone has limited availability in Europe and is slated for U.S. distribution later this year.
Bang & Olufsen have brought their design sensibilities back to the highest plateau with my personal favorite, the Beocom4. Simple, functional, sculptural and elegant with a small footprint.