Moshi Moshi Retro Handset For Cellphones: A Review
The short form: I love this thing. Way more than I thought I would.
The long form: First of all, I should mention that I've seen a few reviews talking about incompatibility with specific phones, and can't speak to that. I will say that there are no adapters included, so if you don't have a standard 3.5mm mini jack on your handset you'll need an adapter, though they often come with your phone.
But I use it with my BlackBerry Bold (9700), which does have a standard mini jack, and couldn't be happier. It's extremely basic: there's a weighted base, a handset with an attached cord, a second cord to connect to your phone, and a rubber pad for your desk that you can put your cell phone on.
The handset can actually be plugged directly into a cell phone via its coiled cable if you feel like walking around carrying an old fashioned phone that appears to be plugged into your pocket, or if you want to look like Commissioner McMillan from the old TV series when you're driving around (if you're old enough, you'll get the reference). More likely, though, you'll just plug it into the base, then plug the base into your cell phone via a straight cord.
The handset itself has a soft finish and is quite comfortable. More importantly, it can be tucked between your head and shoulder (which is incredibly irritating to try with a standard cellphone), allowing you to talk hands free without using a speakerphone.
The only feature on the handset is a single button. Pushing it answers or ends a call. Simple. On my BlackBerry, though, pushing and holding it starts the voice recognition software, allowing me to make calls without reaching for the cell phone itself. Perfect.
The base is heavy enough that I don't worry about the corded cable pulling it off the desk, and the included rubber pad for my cell phone is a nice bonus.
Overall, it's something so very simple and yet does exactly what it's supposed to, and does it in retro style and comfort. Additional styles and colors are available, but this is the best of the bunch, period.
I couldn't ask for anything more.