The old phone in my house recently broke, and the time came to purchase a new one. I didn’t think it would be difficult to find something that I liked, but I didn’t realize just how many options were on the market. It is actually quite tricky to determine which, among the many choices, is the best cordless phone system currently out there. Needless to say, I didn’t make a purchase the first day that I went out to the store. I came home, did a little research, and then went back out armed with some new knowledge to help in my search. As a result of my research, several features stood out as being important components of any phone that I purchased.

The first component that I was interested in was the talking caller ID function; my sister has this on her phone, so I had some experience with it prior to this search. In the evenings, when I’m getting dinner ready or just having family time, I don’t want to answer the phone unless it is a call from someone that I’m close to. I also don’t want to have to try to find the phone and take the time to figure out who is calling. The talking caller ID eliminates this issue as it announces to me who is on the other end of the line.

Another crucial feature for me was the digital answering machine. It is a simple way to get your messages; I hate having to dial into a voice mail box. It always seems to take an excessive amount of time to do such a simple task. Therefore, I wanted to get a phone that allowed me to simply push a button and get my messages quickly and easily.

Finally, the battery life of the phone was also something that I looked for. Different types of phones vary considerably in how long they can be off the charger. While I didn’t feel that I needed the best of the best when it came to this feature, I certainly wanted my phone to have above average battery life.