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AT&T CRL82212 Review

It has fantastic sound quality and is extremely easy to use, but it is a little on the weak side when it comes to features
The AT&T CRL82212 cordless phone.
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Price:   $60 List | $44 at Amazon
Pros:  Great sound quality, easy to use
Cons:  Few features
Manufacturer:   AT&T
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 25, 2016
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#4 of 8
  • Sound Quality - 30% 8
  • Range - 25% 6
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Features - 15% 4
  • Battery Life - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The CRL82212 is light on features, but has great sound quality and was very easy to use. It also has a much smaller base than our top-scoring phone, something to consider if saving space and having a more discreet main base station is a top priority for you. It only missed on the top score by a few points and retails for a decent price, so it's definitely a strong option to consider, especially if you find it on sale.


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Awards  Editors' Choice Award    
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Pros Great sound quality, easy to useVery easy to use, great sound quality, solid battery lifeExceptional range, great sound quality, best for linking to cell phonesExcellent range, tons of featuresGreat battery life, wired handset on base
Cons Few featuresLittle light on featuresMediocre battery life, a little priceyUnimpressive battery life, sound quality could be betterExpensive, Average sound quality
Bottom Line It has fantastic sound quality and is extremely easy to use, but it is a little on the weak side when it comes to featuresIf you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for youIf you are searching for a cordless phone to integrate with your cell phone, then the TL96273 is the clear choiceWhile the KX-TGE432 came close to scoring an award, it was held back by its less than stellar sound quality and battery lifeHas plenty of features and a great battery life, but at the cost of sound quality
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Rating Categories AT&T CRL82212 AT&T CL82207 AT&T TL96273 Panasonic KX-TGE432 Panasonic KX-TGF382M
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Specs AT&T CRL82212 AT&T CL82207 AT&T TL96273 Panasonic KX-TGE432 Panasonic KX-TGF382M
Link - to - Cell No No Yes No Yes
Caller ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caller ID announce Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unobstructed Range Test 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 220 ft. 300 ft. 300 ft. 350 ft. 260 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block Dial *60 Smart Call Blocker* Dial *60 Up to 250 Up to 250
Expandable Handsets Up to 12 Up to 12 Up to 12 Up to 6 Up to 6
Corded (phone) Base No No No No Yes
Speaker Phone on Base No No Yes No Yes
Speaker Phone on Handset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Book Capacity 50 50 200 (6000 cell entries) 100 3000
Speed Dial Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Redial Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Yes Yes; 5
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold No No Yes Yes Yes
Any Key answer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push to talk (PTT) No Yes Yes No No
Backlit display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent/Quiet Mode Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Voice Command No No No No No
HD Audio w/ equalizer Yes Yes Yes No No
Lighted Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Belt Clip No No No Yes Yes
Headset Jack No No No Yes Yes
Additional Lines No No No No No
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Answering Machine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The CRL82212 handset on its smaller base.
The CRL82212 handset on its smaller base.

Sound Quality


Sound quality was our highest weighted ranking metric, comprising 30% of the total score, and this model scored very well in this category, earning an 8 out of 10. Our listening panel had very similar comments about this model and the CL84202, stating that both were very clear and easy to understand, and a distinct lack of background static when compared to other models that we reviewed. Below you can hear an audio sample of this model, compared with one of the other, lower scoring models that we tested.

Range


This model kept up with the top scorer in our open range test, topping out at 840' away from the base station in a direct line of sight, but we found that this model floundered when it came to our obstructed range test.


It dropped back to the middle of the pack, topping out at 220' of transmission distance when blocked by several walls. This performance averaged out to a 6 out of 10 overall score in this metric. Based on the results of our testing, it appears that this model is not quite as adept as some of the others at handling obstacles blocking a direct line of sight between the handset and the base.

Ease of Use


This phone was one of the easiest to use out of all the models that we tested, with three models tied for the top score of 7 out of 10. One of the things that really stood out for us when assessing the ease of use of this model was how easily it was to read the screen, remaining clear over 6' away.

The CRL82212 remained easily read at 6' away from the camera.
The CRL82212 remained easily read at 6' away from the camera.

This model also hyphenates the number when placing a call, as well as has any key answer. This phone was not one of our strongest contenders when it came to operation in a dark environment, with only the screen and keypad featuring a back light. However, this phone would definitely be usable in a dark environment for simpler tasks, but attempting to change some of the settings could be difficult.

The CRL82212 has a backlit screen and keypad  making it easy to place calls  but difficult to change anything else.
The CRL82212 has a backlit screen and keypad, making it easy to place calls, but difficult to change anything else.

This phone does have a silent mode that is easy to use by simply holding down the "#", then entering the desired number of hours from 1-12 with the keypad. This model had a similar menu layout to our other Editor's Choice award winner, the CL84202, and the menu buttons had the same, great tactile feel to them. It was on the more complicated side to block calls, with all the AT&T models requiring you to dial *60 and work through a decently lengthy and complicated series of prompts.

Features


This model of phone is a little on the lighter side when it came to features, scoring slightly below average with a 4 out of 10. This phone can host 12 handsets, but doesn't have a corded handset on the base, eliminating the possibility of a line power mode. The phone book has storage for up to 50 numbers, as well as having specific marketing to highlight that it has large buttons. This model of cordless phone does not have the ability to link to cell or mobile devices, and it does not have a keypad or speaker on the main base. This phone does have an integrated answering machine.

The CRL82212 main base with answering machine.
The CRL82212 main base with answering machine.

The handsets on this model of phone do not have a belt clip or an auxiliary input for a headset, making this model a poor choice if you are interested in hands free operation. This phone does have the ability to act as a home intercom system.

Battery Life


This phone had a good performance in our battery life test, earning an above average score of 6 out of 10 when it came to this metric. This phone lasted for 12 hours and 10 minutes in our talk time test, over 5 hours longer than the manufacturer's claimed time. This indicated that it had a low battery level 11 hours and 45 minutes into our test, producing an audible beep from the handset, as well as flashing a low indicator light. The manufacturer states that this model of phone has a standby time of up to 7 days. This model also takes about 10 hours to fully charge the battery after it has been completely depleted.

Value


This phone is a great value, earning second place when it came to overall scores and a MSRP of $60. This is still on the pricey side for cordless phones, as spending over $50 for a cordless phone will be unfathomable for some people. This is the phone to purchase if you are willing to spend a bit more to have one of the best phones, but still are concerned about your budget.

Conclusion


The AT&T CRL82212 is another top performing phone, and one that we would strongly recommend. This model scored just behind our front runner, and has an MSRP that is low enough to almost make it a contender with our Best Buy award winners, especially if you can locate this model on a sale or discounted price.


David Wise and Austin Palmer