In recent years cordless phones for the home have been somewhat overshadowed then left behind by the rapid technological advancement of their mobile cousins. The latest releases and prototypes from the leading manufacturers of cordless home phones have seen them incorporate Android capabilities and touchscreens in an effort to keep up.
The latest release from Panasonic - the stylish KX-PRX150 - aims to go even further by working as both a landline and mobile smartphone in one. So how does it fare?
As a Smartphone
The KX-PRX150 runs on Android 4.0.4 and is unlikely to impress seasoned smartphone users with its 3.5” touchscreen, disappointingly low resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, and pretty poor 2MP rear facing camera with LED flash (that produces low quality images). The handset is further let down by a pitiful 512MB internal memory and outdated 1GHz processor; however, there is a microSD memory card slot for expanding the memory to up to 32GB, which you would need to do in order to take advantage of apps via Google Play.
The KX-PRX 150 does not compare favourably with similarly priced (and even less expensive) pay as you go Smartphone handsets, so is really counting on its unique attribute as a landline/mobile hybrid to attract users.
As a landline
Panasonic are in their comfort zone when it comes to manufacturing high-quality DECT phones, with their position as the No.1 Global Brand for cordless phones so it does not come as any surprise that the KX-PRX150 excels as a fixed line phone. When at home and using the handset as a landline, you will be given a choice before calling between whether or not to make the call using your fixed line network or mobile network (which could be useful for taking advantage of cheaper mobile minutes), and the sound quality is dependably good. And in addition to all the standard features you would expect to find on a home cordless telephone (phonebook, Caller ID, answering machine, etc.) you can also take advantage of Wi-Fi to browse the web, check emails, update social media, and/or download and use apps.