While I was at the Skype press conference at CES and got a good look at the several new phones that were announced, Garrett Smith of the Smith on VoIP blog also grabbed some hands-on first impressions about the products being debuted.
Here's some of his reactions to each. First the Topcom WebT@lker 5000:
Although the Topcom Webt@lker 5000 won’t be out until next quarter (April), if you are looking for a business class phone for Skype, it is well worth the wait. With a suggested retail price of $199.99 USD, it is very liley you will be able to pick one of these up for uner $180 dollars, making this phone a great value and must have.
Here's a pic:
And now for Garrett's take on the Asus AiGuru S2 Wi-Fi Skype VoIP Phone:
It is a cool gadget, but I am not a huge fan of Wi-Fi VoIP phones in the hands of residential users. I do not think they support the type of user experience Skype truly wants to deliver to their users. I could not get an MSRP, but I would venture to guess this one will be going for around $299 ea, with a street price in the $249 range.
The third Skype phone here would be the Netgear SPH200D Cordless DECT Phone For Skype. This is my personal favorite.
The Netgear SPH200D is not only sleek and stylish, but upon first tinkering, the phone was extremely easy to use. With a retail price tag of $199.99, the phone is reasonably priced for the flexability it offers. With DECT, PSTN, and IP connectivity, Netgear has successfully deliver a device that not only moves Skype away from the desktop, but replicates the traditional calling experience, and bolsters the Skype offering by provide life-line capability. Definitely two-thumbs up!
Can't leave you hanging without a pic.