Ease of installation
Netgear delivers an innovative communications product that neatly integrates Skype and PSTN functions into a single solution. We were impressed with the ease of installation and use making it ideal for home and small business users alike that want the cost advantages of Skype plus access to landline calls from the same handset.
Easy to use
It is very hard to find serious fault with the SPH200. It's well made, decently styled, easy to use, reasonably priced (at between Â£95 and Â£110 for the main unit and around Â£65 each for additional SP150D handset judging by a quick shoofty on Froogle), pretty fool proof to set up, and possessed more than decent call quality via both VoIP and landline - though, of course, to get the best out of it you do need to subscribe to both SkypeOut and SkypeIn or SkypePro.
Best wireless network Skype phone
If you use Skype and you dislike being tethered to your PC, the SPH200D is the best wireless network Skype phone we've seen yet. Indeed, the extra convenience is probably enough that you'll save the cost of the phone because of the increased number of calls that you'll make using it.
Easy to use
To sum things up, the Topcom Webt@lker 6000 is an excellent cordless phone with the added benefit of Skype functionality. It's easy to use and has a fairly attractive design. The only fly in the ointment would be the availability as it seems to be limited to Europe at the moment. It's priced at around â?¬150 or about $220 USD which might seem a bit expensive, although it seems like it should be available in Canada as well for around $279 CND which is much more than it goes for in Europe.
All things considered, Netgear's SPH101 is slightly better than the Accton / SMC / EdgeCore / Belkin products, but still plagued by bugs and oddities. The SPH101's biggest claim to fame is its speakerphone, but that advantage is offset by implementation issues that make it marginally usable.
High on build quality, design and call clarity
If you're in the market for a Skype phone then the SPH101 warrants closer inspection as Netgear scores highly on build quality, design and call clarity. However, it does have a few niggling faults and the level of call related features on offer simply don't justify the price tag.
Ease of use and setup
The SPH101 is clearly for those who want the latest technology and are prepared to pay for it. Although it's convenient for regular Skype users, it's still costly and doesn't offer as many features as it potentially could. If you want to use Skype on the move though, then this is very much up your avenue.
Very cheap for what you get
If you've got plenty of cash to spend and you're looking for a Wi-Fi Skype phone which doesn't require a PC and you can take around with you while you're on the move, then Netgear's SPH101 is the one for you. On the other hand, if you only intend on using Wi-Fi Skype in your house or in your office and don't have a particularly huge budget, the ASUS AiGuru S1 is one to look at as well and you'll even be able to stream your MP3s from your PC as an additional bonus.
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