Panasonic KX-TGD222N ReviewPrice: $60 List
Pros: Easier to use
Cons: Average range and sound quality, average battery life
Bottom line: Easiest to use of the economical models
Caller ID: Yes
Caller ID announce: Yes
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The performance of the TGD222N placed it solidly in the middle of the pack, with a 5 out of 10 on this rating metric. We did appreciate how loud this model was, but it demonstrated some static that made it a little harder for our panel of listeners to understand than some of the other phones we looked at.
The TGD222N scored in the middle for range, earning a 5 out of 10. It reached up to 800' in the open range test, falling just behind our top scorers at 840'. This model also remained in the middle of the pack when it came to the obstructed range test, becoming unintelligible around 200' from the base station.
Ease of Use
The KX-TGD222N is quite easy to use, meriting it a 7 out of 10 in this metric. When looking at the basic function of this model, this phone has an easy to read display, being visible at 6' away in our test.
This model also has a well lit display for operating in the dark, earning the runner-up position in this category, slightly lagging behind the top scorers due to its buttons being a darker gray color, and thus a little dimmer when illuminated. This model also retained its runner-up position when it came to utilizing the "Page" function, with rings measured at 62.1 dBa with a meter placed 6' away. We did find that when entering a phone number, this model didn't hyphenate the number, making it a little more difficult than some of the other models. In terms of more advanced functions, this phone is not capable of linking to a cell phone.
We ranked each phone based on its features, divvying up point in an all or nothing depending on whether or not that feature was present, and based out overall score on the cumulative results. This phone kept its trend on remaining in the middle of the pack, earning a 5 out of 10. This phone can support up to 5 handsets, but lacks a headset jack and a keypad or speaker on its base
This phone has a decent score for its MSRP of $60. It scored the same at our Best Buy winner, the AT&T El51203, but costs $20 more. This model was scored 2 point higher in ease of use, so if you are willing to sacrifice on a little on range and sound quality, then this model might be a good option.
This phone is not the worst phone we tested, but it isn't the best. We think it is a little more expensive than it should be, but would be a perfectly acceptable economical option if found on sale or if the EL51203 isn't available.