If you find yourself debating whether the Gigaset SL910A or the SL400A would be the better purchase, one thing is clear: you have already been won over to the idea of owning a top-of-the-line cordless DECT phone. Selecting a Gigaset phone might indicate that you are a particularly discerning customer, with their reputation for producing exceptionally durable, high-quality phones with the latest and greatest technology and almost unbeatable sound quality.
But the real question still remains: to get one of the very best iterations on the classic cordless phone ever (the Siemens Gigaset SL400A) or to take a leap into the future with the touch screen revolution on the Siemens Gigaset SL910A?
Breaking It Down
When you put the specs side-by-side, there is actually a lot in common between the SL400A and the SL910A: both feature Gigaset's amazing anti-echo, anti-feedback, massively high definition High Sound Performance technology for brilliant audio quality on every call. Both have exceptional call management features and a 500-entry contact list, can handle up to 6 handsets, include speakerphone, feature BlueTooth and both even have picture caller ID.
Even in terms of battery life, they are pretty similar: the SL400A with 14 hours talk time, 230 hours standby and the SL910A with 14 hours talk time and 200 hours standby. Range is the same on both with the standard DECT 50 metres indoors, 300 metres outdoors. With both including integrated digital answering machines, either one is ready to be your all-in-one communications device, although the SL910A features 10 minutes more recording time (up to 55 minutes) than the SL400A.
Of course we have so far ignored the elephant in the room: the 3.2” capacitive touch screen which sleekly asserts itself as the main feature of the SL910A. As soon as we compare the touch screen to the old-school cordless phone interface of the SL910A, we are confronted with one question...
Do I Really Need a Touch Screen?
On my smart phone, sure. How am I going to play Candy Crush on touch tone? But despite looking just like my iPhone, the SL910A doesn't actually have many more features than another top of the line cordless DECT phone like the SL400A.
However, it is worth considering that while designers have packed a lot more features into cordless phones over the years, they have never innovated much in terms of the interface. Navigating a huge 500 entry contact list is substantially easier on the large 3.2” touch screen of the SL910A than it is on the comparatively diminutive 1.8” TFT display the SL400A offers.
The touch screen makes all of the features of the device much more accessible, things are easier to configure, menus are capable of displaying lots of information without forcing you to constantly scroll through small screens, and many of the woes of interacting with a cordless phone handset have been eliminated.
So Which Is It?
At the end of the day, its hard to go wrong with either of these offerings from Gigaset. If you find yourself spending a lot of time messing with menus on your phone or managing your contact list, the Siemens Gigaset SL910A will probably be much easier to use. If you just want something to make calls – or want to stick with the time-tested and immediately intuitive interface face of a more traditional cordless handsets – the Gigaset SL400A can probably get the job done without leaving you wanting for a touch screen.