Panasonic's KX-PRX120, besides having a sexy name, is quite the handset. It runs Ice Cream Sandwich, has access to the Play Store, and sports a 3.5 inch touch-screen that would not look out on place on display next to any other budget smartphone. The thing is, buyers won't want to tote it around town. This digital cordless phone is too timid for that lifestyle and works best within the confines of its own home.
Consider this a premium cordless phone for people who still, well, need dedicated landlines and perhaps lack access to a smartphone with the same functionality. It's a smartphone for people who don't need, like, or want smartphones. It straddles the line somewhere between a Samsung Galaxy Player and a Galaxy S4. The former gives consumers the fun of Android without the burden of a wireless plan, while the latter provides the full freedom to use it anywhere. Panasonic's offering doesn't have the range of a smartphone, but it does bring media consumption and video phone capability to a dedicated landline. Here are the specs:
• 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD (HVGA) with capacitive multi touch screen
• Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
• 0.3M pixel Front Camera
• 1450mAh Li-ion Battery
• microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset
• micro USB Charging Port
• Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring to help minimize unwanted or nuisance calls
• Caller ID, Caller ID memory
• Answering Machine (40min)
• Key Finder accessory (Optional)
• Up to 6 handsets (Optional handset or GAP supported DECT handset) can be registered
It's a sign of the times that it takes a deal of effort to understand who this phone is actually for. In a parallel universe, this, rather than mobile phones, would be the natural evolution of the telephone. Now it's simply kind of quaint.