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Motorola L702BT Review

The Motorola L702BT cordless phone.
Price:   $60 List | $57.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent battery life
Cons:  Poor range and lacking features
Bottom line:  Astonishingly long battery life, but that's about all it has going for it
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Manufacturer:   AT&T

Our Verdict

The Motorola L702BT scored the lowest out of all the phones we tested, earning an overall score of 34 out of 100. It earned a below average score in every rating metric, and we could recommend against buying this model. Instead, consider our Editor's Choice, the AT&T CL84202, or our Best Buy, the VTech CS6719.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
David Wise


Last Updated:
Tuesday
October 25, 2016

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Performance Comparison


The Motorola handset on its smaller base.
The Motorola handset on its smaller base.

Sound Quality


Earning a 6 out of 10 in our sound quality test, this phone ranked above average. Our panel of judges felt that this model of cordless phone had nice volume and good clarity, there was just a little bit of that background static that has been dragging down the scores of the other phones.

Range


The Motorola performed the worst in our range test, earning a 2 out of 10. This phone became completely unintelligible at 700' from the base in the open range test, compared to the top performers remaining clear at 840'. It also began breaking up 100' from the base in the obstructed range test, 80' before the next closest scorers, the Panasonic KX-TGE272S or the AT&T TL86103 and 215' before the top scorer, the AT&T CL84202

The comparison of direct  line of sight range between cordless phones that we tested. Our testing area maxed out at 840 ft.
The comparison of direct, line of sight range between cordless phones that we tested. Our testing area maxed out at 840 ft.

Ease of Use


The Motorola tied with our Best Buy winner, the VTech CS6719 for the lowest score in ease of use, with both phones earning a 4 out of 10. One of our largest complaints with this phone was the complete lack of any backlit buttons, making operation in a dark environment extremely difficult.

The Motorola handset showing its mediocre backlit display.
The illuminated TGE272S handset in a dark room.
 

We also found the labeling and function of some of the buttons unintuitive, as well as a confusing menu system, and a clunky interface for adding speed dial numbers.

Features


Continuing its lackluster performance, the Motorola earned a 3 out of 10 in our features evaluation. It really only received points for having an answering machine on the main base, and the ability to link-to-cell, as well as the ability to use an auxiliary headset.

The Motorola on its main base.
The Motorola on its main base.

Value


This phone cost about $15 dollars less than the average cost of all the models we reviewed, but other models like the Panasonic KX-TGD222N or the AT&T CRL82212 cost the same, and scored close to double, respectively earning a 47 and a 57 compared to the 34 of the Motorola.

Conclusion


All in all, we felt this phone fell short of the competition, and based on its performance in our tests, we would recommend considering alternative options.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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