VTech i5801 cordless phone
Honey, I know it's not for me
Caller ID is great for
screening calls, but you still have to run across
the room just to see that someone's calling
whom you'd rather not talk to. By letting you
add custom rings to signal the caller (along with
digital pictures for the fun of it), the VTech
i5801 cordless phone and i5881 base ($240) takes
most of the unknown out of answering the phone.
The i5801's chief innovation is the
addition of a colorful, backlit LCD screen on the
handset, comparable to what you find on many new
cellphones. By plugging the i5801 into your PC, you
can download digital pictures and assign an image to
the numbers you have programmed into the phone. The
result is that whenever your brother calls from St.
Louis, the phone displays a photo of him by the
Gateway Arch. You also download and assign your
favorite songs to your favorite relativesyou know,
like the screeching strings of the Psycho shower
scene for your in-laws.
and the base are sold separately. While the combined
price isn't unreasonable for a 5.8-gigahertz
phone loaded with features, getting it all in one
box would be more convenient. And, while downloading
pictures from the PC isn't too difficult, a
smart card slot built into the handset would spare
the hassle of plugging into a computer.