I don't generally have a lot of time for the tortoise-like development of the humble DECT phone but occasionally when someone makes a bit of an effort I make an exception.
With the 'BT Reveal' the effort surprisingly comes from British Telecom and the much reviled former monopoly has clearly been paying close attention to the mobile phone space with its extensive use of piano black finishing and blue LEDs.
That said, the Reveal does sport one particularly innovative trick of its own: when docked, the back of the handset lights up to show who is calling. This not only looks cool, but is great if your sight is on par with a mole.
On top of this, the handset also has SMS capability with T9 predictive text, polyphonic ringtones, a SIM card reader, hands free operation and an onboard directory for up to 255 names and numbers. As for the base unit, this contains a digital answering machine with up to 20 minutes recording time.
In fact, the Reveal has only one glaring omission for me and it seems to be part of a worrying trend in DECT handsets: the absence of an earpiece jack. After all, this would be unthinkable in mobiles and not everyone wants to be one handed for the duration of long calls or be left with the alternative of making their conversations public, even in the home.
If this – for some reason – doesn't bother you however then the BT Reveal is available now for £129.99 and is one of the few DECT phones that won't shrivel up and die of shame when sat next to your mobile.