Tao Cordless DUALphone
At first glance this phone looks just like any other normal DECT phone that
you can find commercially.
The front of the box itself. No frills box.
The back of the box where simple explanations and requirements are mentioned.
Now enough of how the box looks like. Let’s start digging into the box and see
what’s hidden underneath the box
Front of the handset
If you think there is no difference between this handset and the normal
cordless or DECT phone, you are very wrong. Notice there are actually 2 dial
buttons in which one of it has the word PC in it? This is the button that you
use to initiate calls to Skype™ users or to use VoIP via Skype™.
There is actually a Log button where you can retrieve your call logs. The center
round button is actually a navigation button. It functions the same as what can
be found on a mobile phone, navigation button through the menu.
What I like about the handset is that the antenna is actually pretty short and
triangular in shape.
Back of the handset
Now let’s see what’s located behind the phone. As usual one can find the
battery compartment at the back of the handset. What surprised me most is that
the ringer hole (where the ringing comes from) is actually located behind the
handset. It’s actually not a good way to located the hole. If you are holding
the phone, the ringer hole would be covered by your palm and the ringing would
be very soft.
Tilting the phone to it’s right, this is where the earphone jack is located.
Rechargeable NiMH battery
As mentioned, the phone comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery. It isn’t
really a great battery considering the fact that continuous talk time is only
6.5 hours. Luckily this is a home phone and not a mobile phone, hence most of
the time one would leave it on it’s base as shown below.
The power adapter
Base station with USB cable
The USB cable is actually built into the base station and cannot be unplugged.
In my honest opinion I think this is again another bad design. As this phone is supposed to be able to use as both a VoIP phone and a normal DECT phone, I
wouldn’t want to have a USB cable dangling from the phone.
Bottom of the base station
The underneath of the base station is where the power and normal telephone
jack is located. The cable beside the telephone jack is the built-in USB cable
that I mentioned earlier.
Using it as just a plain DECT phone is impressive. The clarity of the voice and
the distance that reception can go is comparable to any prominent expensive DECT phones in
the market. I was actually able to use the phone outside my house with the base
station in my room with both the room door closed and the main door closed. This
is something that wasn’t compromised and there is no lag in the communication.
Since it’s capable of VoIP, I was eager to try it out using Skype™ to talk to my
friends across the globe. Skype™ and the software that comes with it need to be
installed. Do take note that this phone can never function as a VoIP phone
without Skype™ running unlike some phones which can just function
on a plain IP address.