Binatone iHomePhone hands on

You may have read our news post last week regarding the world's first Android-powered home phone - the Binatone iHomePhone.

If you didn't, allow us to refresh your memory. This is a cordless DECT home phone that comes loaded with Android 1.6.

The phone has Wi-Fi b/g/n on board, a microSD card slot for all of your music and a 2.8-inch, 320 x 240, resistive touchscreen display. Don't worry if you think your fingers might be a bit portly for a small resistive screen, it comes with a stylus too which seemed to work quite well.

Now at this point, you may be thinking "why?". Well, let Andrew Greenway, national account manager at Binatone explain:

"We're updating the home phone and bringing it into the new era, into the new generation and making sure that people have information at their fingertips".

Basically, we think it's more of a case of "why not?" as Android is free and easy to load on a device, and at less than £100 it's hardly the most expensive cordless phone in the world.

Out of the box you'll find a web browser, YouTube app, a contacts manager, an email client, a picture viewer, an MP3 player and a personal organiser. It also functions as an internet radio and has an RSS feed reader.

We were assured by Greenway that you can add more apps from the web if you like - although there is no Android Market support.

The dock charges the unit and also works as a mini-speaker. It has enough memory to store around 300 contacts and the battery will last for around 8 hours of talk time or 4 hours of web browsing.

It costs £99.99 and you'll be able to get one in Argos soon.