Touchscreen home phone looks cool, but is it?

September 5, 2012

Touchscreens have become an integral part of mobile phones over the years, setting them apart both in function and appearance from home phones. Now Philips is blurring the line between the two by introducing a new landline handset that uses a 3.5-inch touchscreen in lieu of physical buttons and even features some basic note taking functions.

Called a "premium cordless phone" by Philips, the S10 lets you browse contacts, take notes, and receive alerts about calendar events using its full-color screen. Answering, hanging up, and accessing the phone's menu is done using physical buttons. The phone is actually designed to work with smartphones via bluetooth, letting you use its handset to make and receive calls if you want. Still, the touchscreen seems like more of a novelty than anything in this case since its use is so limited.

We're not too sure who the market for the S10 is, but given its technology this premium cordless phone will likely carry a premium price. If you're someone who absolutely has to have a touchscreen on all of your devices, it will be available in stores this fall.

[via Gizmodo]

This article was written by Randy Nelson and originally appeared on Tecca

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