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Parafone
Sunday August 26, 2001 - 3:44 PM EST - By Michael Ducker

Conclusion

Overall the Parafone does its job. It's almost worthless to use it without a headset, but if you don't mind using the bundled headset (it uses a standard 2.5 mm jack) than this can be pretty cool. As for quality/usage, I like it and I don't like it. Some days I get really good quality, other days something interferes with it and it sound horrible.

For longer calls headsets are useful, but for shorter calls I prefer holding a phone up to my head. However, since the Parafone doesn't perform very well without a headset, and most phone calls I make tend to be shorter, the Parafone never really came off for me as being worth the money.

I really looked forward to this module, but to tell you the truth I used it for three days and threw it in a drawer, till about a week before I started writing this. I had to force myself to use this; it wasn't like most things I've tested. Let me say here at the end though, that the User Interface for the Parafone software is awesome.

Hopefully the upcoming G24 will keep this great UI, and fix the problems that I have found. As for making information join up with communication successfully? When I could get myself to talk on the phone I thought it was very cool to be able tap any address book entry and have it call the number. I also liked being able to use other apps; taking down a short note or a phone number was very simple. My pen and paper were with my phone, all integrated into one device.



Criteria 

Rating

Design 3
Usability 4
Setup 4
Cost/Benefit 3
Overall
(not an average)
Pros
- Lets you talk while using any app.
- Rings when not in Visor
- Base Station acts like a cradle
- Easy to dial, great UI
- Removable battery
Cons
- Pricey
- Non upgradeable
- Fair quality sound
- "Speaker" in the phone is hard to hear
- No way to hang up while in another app

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Product Details
Name: Parafone
Company: Arkon Network
Frequency: 902-928 MHz ISM band
Dimensions: Handset module 94mm8mm29mm approx., Base 164mm130mm106mm approx.
Operating range: 300 feet (indoor), 1000 feet (outdoor)
Talk time: 3 hours talk / 3.5 days standby time
Price: $119.00





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