Now, we know that this entire land line thingy is dying a slow gradual death in countries across the globe. The fact however remains that it is still commands a fairly large user base and that it is unlikely to die out entirely in the near future. Also to be noted is the perception that landlines generally tend to have better voice quality than your normal mobile networks (This is debatable, though). It is precisely this belief and the fairly large number of landlines connections still in vogue that seem to have prompted Panasonic to make this rather interesting product. We are taking about the very confusingly named Panasonic KX PRX 150. (Yeah, go ahead – read it one more time)
Here, take a look at it!
At first glance, the phone looks like a cheap imitation of a low end Samsung Galaxy – (which itself used to be a cheap imitation of some older generation iPhone). The fact however is that this ubiquitous looking cheap phone can do something no other mobile phone can. It can be used as a land line as well! Now, we have had Android powered land line phones in the past as well but none of those phones could be taken out and used as a “normal” mobile phone. The KX PRX 150 (phew!) does exactly that. This little thing gets a SIM card slot.
The KX-PRX150 also supports DECT interface for fixed network and mobile network 3G/GSM. When you take the phone out, it will function as a normal 3G/GSM mobile phone and it can turn into a land line upon returning home. The phone features a shared contacts list so that you can use the same contact list whilst in land line or mobile phone mode. The phone comes with its own land line base station to which it connects automatically upon your return.
Here’s what the feature set looks like on the phone:
• 3.5-inch TFT color LCD (HVGA) capacitive multi touch screen
• Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
• 0.3M pixel front camera
• 2 megapixel rear camera (only with PRX150 model)
• 1450mAh Li-ion battery
• microSD / microSDHC slot card
• Micro USB port for charging
• Incoming / outgoing calls to minimize unwanted or harassing calls
• Caller ID, Caller ID Memory
• Answering machine
• Ability to sign-up to 6 handsets to the base station (optional handset or headset that supports DECT GAP standard)
Apart from the PRX 150 – the line up also features that PRX 110 and the PRX 120 models which lack support for a SIM card. These basically are Android powered land line phones. Oh! and lest we forget – these phones currently run Android 4.0 ICS. At this point we’re unsure if there would be an update to newer versions.
If Panasonic has its way, it might be fashionable again to own a land line connection and you actually can have a land line phone that you can flaunt around.