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CeBIT 2002: Day 1

March 19, 2002



CeBIT held from 13 to 20 of March in Hannover showcases all types of home equipment.

On the first day, March 13, the city looked rather busy. The weather was quite cloudy and it drizzled, that is why by the opening at 9 o'clock there weren't many people. However, after 12 o'clock it became quite complicated to force one's way through to interesting stands.

The display is divided into several zones each devoted to a particular subject and taking several halls. I decided to start with mobile communications as it is my hobbyhorse. In this review we will speak about the display, market tendencies and of course about products shown here. So, let's pop in hall 27.

Hall 27, or triumph of home mobilization

This hall shows not the most interesting stuff, but it is still impressive. Having entered, I struck against the Grundig's stand. Here, apart from huge TV sets the company displays a lot of DECT phones.

The manager standing next to it says that the company doesn't produce the filling itself; however, he doesn't reveal the name.

It is interesting that the company decided to start production of mobile phones because models available on the market do not suit the design of Grundig's home equipment. The new model row is named FineArt. It includes 4 samples: Calios BS7100/BS7105 TAD and Telino BS6100/BS6105 TAD. The TAD models have an integrated autoresponder in addition. All devices support the GAP standard.

The Calios BS7100/BS7105 TAD is equipped with a graphics display with 4 text lines and green backlight; the keypad doesn't have such. The display shows a battery status, just 3 dots. The phone is supposed to work 10 hours in the talk mode and up to 100 hours in the standby one. The PhoneBook can house 90 names, and it's possible to search a name by its first letter. The list of last dialed calls consists of 10 numbers, and it's possible to implement quick dialing. The CLIP allows entering a list of calls with date and time specified, up to 20 entries.

There are 10 available ring melodies and 6 tones. The phones sports such features as BabyPhone, conference connection (one external and two internal numbers), registration on 4 base stations and a speakerphone mode.

The autoresponder can record up to 24 minutes, you can create your own greeting or leave a voice message for your folks. The handset measures 13.7x4.8x2.8 cm and weighs 110 g.

Telino BS6100/BS6105 TAD. This model has a 3-line graphics display with backlight. The PhoneBook has only 60 entries, no first-letter search is possible. The speakerphone mode is lacking; but the number of melodies and tones is the same. The other functions are identical. The autoresponder is also similar. This model measures 14.5x5.5x3 cm and weighs 130 g.

The Grundig phones leave a pleasant impression thanks so the design and technical incarnation. Also, there is an interesting mp3 player, but it's quite big.

The secret name of the manufacturer turned out to be easy to discover. Another company located in this hall was Hagenuk. The company is a solid manufacturer of home phones, and it was a pioneer in many spheres, for example, it developed the first home radio telephone and first mobile DECT one.

Its model row consists of several series: Twinity, Genery and others. The line contains different models which can be simple in functions or can support such features as SMS.

The DECT phones stimulate much interest, and each stand has some interesting solutions. Loewe followed Grundig and developed even more interesting design, though the price is not attractive. The models are of the middle class, the displays have backlight and a sizable phone book.

There were also some other intriguing models:

Some more DECT phones, both entry-level and advanced, were showcased by AEG. Almost all devices have backlight for both key-pads and displays.

The Olympia's stand also demonstrated several new DECT phones with removable front covers.

The model shown on the photo is a relay which can be used at home for creating some kind of an automatic telephone system by using this handset and a standard phone. The device is based on the Bluetooth and compatible with any telephone. You just have to connect it, and then you can use the handset within a radius of 300 m.

Below you can see an SMS keypad with an IR port; however, it is compatible only with one model of the same manufacturer.

The Olympia Soundbug Audio X1 shown below is a portable loudspeaker. To hear a sound you should attach it to any hard surface.

The following phone has quite big buttons. In their plastic packets one can store photos which is very handy for quick dialing. In general, the phone is developed for people with weak eyesight.

Let me show you some more DECT phones, and this time from Topcom. I think they have a pleasant design and an attractive price.

Audioline showed the smallest DECT phone. This model supports GAP and has a built-in rechargeable battery. But I don't know why a home phone must be so small.

And again standard DECT phones (the last ones as there are much more other interesting things to look at):

[ Part 2 ]


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