6 August 2013 by Shantha Kumari
The dictionary meaning of ease of use is practical, convenient, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated etc. When buying the best phones for ease of use keep in mind its meaning along with the main highlights listed below.
Design & Ergonomics
The design of main phone base units, handsets should be practical, simple, uncluttered. You should have as intuitive console to easily access the various settings present in the phone. Having an ergonomically designed phone which is stylish, light, easy to use, comfortable with a backlit keypad for use even in dim light makes you enjoy your phone conversations. With incoming call indicator on both handsets & main unit you can know about it even when the phone ringer is set at low volume.
Wall mounted or desktop or cordless or the combo corded/cordless variety- the choice depends on your space, needs, functionality. Whichever option you choose make sure that you it has a headset option along with speakerphone for a hands free conversation.
Sound related factors
When considering ease of use in phones the clarity of sound is important. With better sound technology using Dect 6.0 and higher transmission bands such as 2.4 or 5.8 GHz sound related issues such as interferences from other wifi networks and physical barriers, eavesdropping is minimised or reduced to a large extent. You can have mobility along with clarity by taking your cordless phones outside upto the maximum range of operation allowed.
Elderly & People with Hearing/Vision problems
Clarity is the only brand which is recognized by the Arthritis Foundation with an Ease-of-Use commendation wherein the phones are ergonomically designed for people suffering from arthritis. It is the market leader in this field for the best phones in this segment. For the people who are hard of hearing or have vision related issues we recommend to buy sound amplification phones which can display atleast 3 lines of text in clear fonts on the large LCD display, have soft & big buttons and can amplify sound by about 30 dB to 50 dB. There are some phones which use touchscreens and allow online transcription of the conversations.
Office and Home Use
The type of phones you want to buy depends on whether the phone usage is for homes or office with each requiring a different set of criteria. Common to both these types is call wait, call hold, speaker phones, answering machines with recording and playback. Home phones are usually a single line with 2-3 cordless expansion handsets. While the office phones are usually multi line with expansion capability of more than 10 handsets. Both these two satisfy the main goal of mobility along with clear conversation. Some of the office phones have auto assist features which directly transfers calls to that particular extension without you having to wait for operator assistance.
Check out the top rated phones which are easier to use with good sound clarity, designed ergonomically and with style for all age brackets along with all the regular features of a phone as listed below.