Overview of push-button phones Philips Xenium E117 and Xenium E207

Both devices are delivered in the same cute orange boxes, inside which is the bare minimum. Actually , the only difference in configuration is the presence of a docking station for the Xenium E207.

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In 2020, feature phones are still quite common. They have their own, and quite a significant audience, which for one reason or another cannot switch to smartphones. These are both people who just need a long-playing dialer, and those who receive a device for work exclusively for voice communication. This includes children, parents who teach their child that the phone is, first of all, a communicator, and not just another platform for games, as well as older people who simply don’t need all the features of smartphones and are even rather unnecessary. And it is precisely for all these groups that Philips Xenium E117 is oriented. It has a classic discreet design, compact dimensions, light weight, but at the same time a very comfortable keyboard. A careful approach to the development of the appearance and the use of high-quality materials allow the device to look no worse than premium counterparts, while maintaining an affordable price for a budget device.

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Another story is the Philips Xenium E207. This device has a very strictly defined target audience - the elderly. The model belongs to the class of "grandmother's phones", that is, it is adapted for people who no longer have such good hearing, vision, and there are problems with coordination. With all the advantages of a compact push-button telephone, it will be too compact for such an audience. Its keyboard and screen will not be as comfortable. And the buttons and menus of the Xenium E207 have been specially designed to be more visible and easier to press. Plus, an indispensable attribute of "grandmother's phones" is the SOS button on the rear panel. In order to send an SMS or call a given number, the user does not need anything more than a couple of simple presses of a physical button. It is clear that such a phone will be chosen not so much by the elderly themselves, but by their younger relatives. Including as a New Year's gift.

Design, dimensions, controls

Philips Xenium E117 is a classic all-in-one with compact dimensions. It is distinguished by a small weight of 76 grams, but at the same time the dimensions remained such that it was convenient to use the phone. The keyboard is classic, alphanumeric, approximately 42 by 32 mm in size. Above it is a round navigation key, buttons for accepting and rejecting calls, above which two more buttons for quick access to the menu are symmetrically located. These buttons are covered with the same glossy plastic as the area around the screen. The navigation key is also plastic, but with some kind of coating like a soft touch, so it does not slip. Gloss, of course, collects all the prints, but they are easily erased, it cannot be said that the device is somehow unnecessarily easily soiled. Above the screen is a speaker slot, it is the same for talking, for speakerphone, and for playing music.

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A flashlight LED perched on the top end, a 3.5 mm jack, microUSB and a microphone hole were located on the bottom. They worked on the latter, so that the problems encountered by the predecessors, when it was easy to cover the microphone with a finger during a conversation, will no longer be. The flashlight is average in brightness, it is enough to illuminate the keyhole or not to stumble on a step if the light suddenly went out in the entrance. The end faces were left unused to accommodate any control elements or connectors. Of the sights - only a small notch on the right edge to facilitate the removal of the back panel.

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The back panel itself is removable, made of textured plastic, which effectively resists picking up prints, dirt, slipping and even a little bumps. Although the latter is not worth checking. The panel, though flexible, is very thin. There are no slots or holes in it, only the Xenium logo right in the center.

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The build quality is high, in this respect Philips Xenium E117 can really compete with more premium models. There are no backlashes, and if the device is properly compressed, then you can rather hear a crunch, indicating that you are about to remove the battery cover.

Under the lid, too, everything is like everyone else. Under the battery itself there are two slots for standard mini SIM and maybe a little unfashionable, but a reliable microSD memory card holder. Plus all sorts of certification and other mandatory stickers.

Overview of Philips Xenium E117 and Xenium E207 feature phones

Philips Xenium E207 produces a completely different impression. First, it is much larger. The dimensions are 124.6 x 59 x 14.2 mm, so if you do not take into account the large thickness, then it is the size of a compact smartphone. It would seem that the extra millimeters for any device is a minus, but for the "grandmother's phone" it is rather a plus. For an elderly person with poor coordination, a larger apparatus is in practice much more convenient than compact models. And the Xenium E207 is a good example of how to correctly use the increase in size for this very purpose. Its keyboard buttons are more reminiscent of a laptop keyboard than a phone - they are large (more than 1.5 cm long and almost 1 cm wide) and protrude noticeably above the case. Plus a huge move by telephone standards. Plus, a large distance between them, which eliminates the accidental pressing of two buttons at the same time.

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Secondly, it has a horizontally oriented screen, which significantly affects the appearance itself. Although, in general, it cannot be said that the device looks somehow strange. Calm design, the possibility of choosing a black model allow the device not to look catchy. He does not attract attention, does not stick out his "grandmother", which may be important for a certain category of buyers. For those who, on the contrary, need a bright, noticeable device, there are blue and red color options.

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The large number of physical control buttons draws attention. In addition to the standard alphanumeric keypad with a four-way navigation key, the Xenium E207 has: on the left side a volume rocker (controls both call volume and speaker volume) and a keypad lock slider (complements the traditional way of automatically locking and unlocking by pressing two keys), on the right the end face of the slider for turning on the flashlight, on the back panel, next to the lens, the camera has an SOS button.I will dwell on it in more detail. It is easy to find it without turning the device over. With a short press, it does not react in any way - to operate, you need to press and hold. In this case, the device will make calls and send a previously entered message to the three numbers specified in the menu. In this case, the phone will additionally emit a siren sound, informing the owner of the button operation. It is also possible to enable an autoresponder in advance, which will work after sending an emergency SMS. If there is no need for the SOS button, then it can be disabled through the menu.

A flashlight LED is located on the upper end, and in the right corner at the junction of the faces there is an opening for attaching a cord or a lanyard - an important detail for a “grandmother's phone”, which can not be found on every device now. At the bottom there is a microUSB connector and a microphone. I note that the microphone is located as close as possible to the left end, so it is difficult to block it with your hand with any grip. It is also an important point for devices that have only one microphone.

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The back cover is removable, made of thick plastic. 2/3 of it is textured, and the top is just smooth, matte. In the upper part on the left is the camera lens and the SOS button close to it. On the right is the external speaker grille. Removing the back panel reveals that the speaker is even larger than it appears through the grille, so it's no surprise that this is one of the loudest speakers I've heard in years. The lid comes off very tightly, so there is no chance that it could open by accident or come off when dropped. The lithium battery also sits tightly in its place, under which two slots for SIM cards and a separate slot for memory cards are hidden. Time-tested solutions, and taking into account the fact that the dimensions of the case allowed it, there are no problems with placement and access.

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Build quality is unquestionable. The case is made of durable and thick plastic, it has no squeaks and backlashes, so you can count on the fact that it can survive the falls typical of such devices without major problems. As with any other feature phone, there is not much to break, so the life of the phone should be long. The model may not have a wow effect, but it looks quite decent for its class.

Screen, menu

Both models have the simplest screens, which is quite typical for this class of devices, but the size and resolution are very different, as are the sizes of their cases. Philips Xenium E117 received a 1.77-inch QQVGA (128x160 pixels) TN TFT panel, and Philips Xenium E207 - made using the same technology, but 2.31-inch QVGA (320x240 pixels). As already mentioned, the screen of the "grandmother's phone" is horizontally oriented, which is due to the design features of its menu. Plus, this solution made it possible, when dialing a number, to show the number not only in its entirety, but also very large. Again, we celebrate the moment in which the developers thought about the elderly.

The screens have enough brightness and contrast to remain readable in bright sunlight, but the glossy panel glares predictably. For the Xenium E207, a very bright screen was selected, comparable in luminosity to AMOLED screens of smartphones, so there are a minimum of problems in any light. The Xenium E117 has a frankly simpler screen, it looks losing side by side, but its competitors will have the same panels. You can separately adjust the intensity of the glow of the screen and turn on the backlight of the keyboard, as well as set different delays for turning them off. In both cases, the luminosity of both the screen and the keys is enough for comfortable use in all conditions.

The phone can be controlled either through the Menu menu or through the Shortcuts menu. The second is simply faster access to the main functions of the device, bypassing the multi-stage distribution by category. For Xenium E117 it will be:

  • Contacts
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • FM radio
  • Voice recorder
  • Alarm clock
  • Speed ​​Dial
  • Blacklist
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio player
  • Video player

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The Xenium E207 will add the "Camera" item to them, which the E117 does not have for obvious reasons. But the design of the menu itself is strikingly different. Structurally, they are the same, but the way they are displayed is fundamentally different. The user does not need to constantly refer to the navigation key, moving the "cursor" left and right. Only one menu item with a large icon and a caption is displayed on the screen at a time. Accidentally miss and get in the wrong place with this design is almost impossible, so we continue to bend our fingers, noting the convenience for the elderly. One can only regret that the fonts inside the menu items, although large, are not larger than can be found in push-button phones with the same screen size and resolution. However, setting is more the prerogative of younger relatives, and not the user of the device.

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Functionally, both phones are very close. The design itself is simple, understandable, made in a classic way and will not cause any problems either at the first acquaintance or with constant use.

Multimedia

As you can see from the section above, both devices can be an FM receiver, play audio and video files. And Philips Xenium E207 - also take pictures. Here it should be noted that the camera is still very modest, only 0.08 MP. Nevertheless, if you need to take a picture of something urgently (for example, an announcement in the entrance about turning off hot water), then its capabilities will be enough. It is curious that a magnifying glass function was added to the device. A long press of the # button calls up a special mode in which, by bringing the camera closer to the small print, it can be read on the phone screen. The function is useful, but it requires good lighting, otherwise the camera without optical stabilization and autofocus will predictably pass. But in practice, there will be enough light if, for example, a table lamp is added to the upper light in the evening.

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FM radio. It does not require headphones, it plays loudly, the speaker does not wheeze, the reception is of average quality. It is possible to store 9 radio stations in memory. When headphones are connected, the reception quality is noticeably improved. There are no significant differences in the operation of this function between devices. Except that the Xenium E207 has a much louder external speaker, but at the maximum volume level, extra noises already appear, caused by the vibrations of the device itself. But it does not matter which side the phone is placed on - on a hard surface there is almost no noticeable difference in volume when the phone is on its back.

MP3 player and video player. Despite some differences in design, the actual functionality is the same. Of course, you will have to store the entire media library on an external card, the phone's built-in memory is not enough for anything. I don't see the point in talking about the quality of music playback the devices will have. Also, the presence of a video player in them should be considered purely nominal - the screen sizes do not allow us to seriously consider them as a means of playing media content more serious than a podcast or radio.

Both phones play quite loudly through the external speaker, which has two advantages at once. First, you won't miss an incoming call or message. Second, you don't need a portable speaker to listen to music or a podcast. However, if you still prefer external playback sources, then everything is fine here. But more on that in the next paragraph.

Interfaces, connections

And here again we have to note that the target audience of the devices has significant differences. Philips Xenium E117 was aimed at the widest possible audience, but Xenium E207 is a narrowly focused device with specific tasks. The basic set of wired and wireless interfaces is completely standard: microUSB, used not only for charging, but also for synchronization, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. The Xenium E117 adds a 3.5mm audio jack to them, allowing you to use external audio playback sources, while the E207 model lacks it. Bluetooth for an inexpensive feature phone is a nice option, the presence of which should be written as a plus, despite the fact that version 2.1 is not new at all. These devices do not need to be reproached that memory cards only work up to 32 GB. Large multimedia files will not be loaded on them, and there is plenty of space for your favorite music library, podcasts and audiobooks.

An important difference between the Xenium E207 is the presence of a base station. For many older people, charging their phone is a hassle. The charger is constantly lost, the phone itself, being on the wire, strives to slip and fall, the wire tries to jump out, or, on the contrary, it is impossible to get the plug into a small connector, etc., etc. Another thing is the handset of a DECT device: it is immediately clear where it is and whether it is being charged. By the same principle, the E207 docking station was made. You just put it with the bottom edge in the cradle, and that's it. It would seem a trifle, but for older people this is one of the attractive features of the device. And it is the little things that always add up to convenience.

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Battery

Finally, a few words about such an important element as the battery. Both Xenium E117 and Xenium E207 received quite decent lithium batteries - 1000 and 1700 mAh respectively. Plus proprietary Xenium battery optimization technologies. As a result, the claimed operating time for both devices is 13 hours of talk time and 844 hours (more than 35 days) of standby time. The difference in battery capacity allows the more “gluttonous” Philips Xenium E207 to have the same autonomy parameters as its more economical counterpart. Of course, in everyday life, everyone will discharge the phone in their own way, but in any case, you can safely count on several weeks of operation of the device, even if you use it to the maximum.

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Since the devices are budget, as it was said, they did not receive a USB-microUSB cable in the kit. They have the same charger - 2.5 W with an integral cable. This is not a significant problem, since it is unlikely that someone will often connect these phones to a computer in order to synchronize. In addition, they have Bluetooth and, in fact, a mandatory memory card. So connecting via cable is first of all charging the battery.

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The charging speed is doing well. Philips Xenium E117 fully charges in about 3 hours. Philips Xenium E207 takes noticeably more time, because the charger is the same, but the battery capacity is 70% higher. So it will take almost five hours to charge it. But the efficiency of energy consumption allows us to say that the devices actually have an analogue of fast charging - in half an hour or an hour they will gain enough charge so as not to remember where the charger is for the next week.

Impressions

So, we have two completely different views of what a feature phone could be like at the end of 2020.

Philips Xenium E117 is a good example of a phone that can suit anyone who needs a hardy device paired with a smartphone or does not need an advanced device at all. It is light, compact, well-assembled from good materials. At the same time, its price on the shelf is 1,390 rubles, which is noticeably cheaper than analogues, which are recorded by marketers in the premium segment. This approach to a simple dialer cannot but impress, whether you are choosing a phone for your grandmother or the first own phone for her grandson, who is going to first grade. And for those who just need to make a lot of calls, such a neutral appearance with reliability and duration of work from a single charge cannot but be a plus. So the brand is by no means disingenuous, saying that this is a device for the widest audience.

The Philips Xenium E207 is a great example of what a phone for an older person should be like. It is extremely simple, with a menu adapted for maximum ease of understanding, large keyboard buttons, durable and equipped with a number of specific functions that the average user is unlikely to ever need. And here is the same function of a magnifying glass or nali

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Both devices are delivered in the same cute orange boxes, inside which is the bare minimum. Actually , the only difference in configuration is the presence of a docking station for the Xenium E207.

Positioning

In 2020, feature phones are still quite common. They have their own, and quite a significant audience, which for one reason or another cannot switch to smartphones. These are both people who just need a long-playing dialer, and those who receive a device for work exclusively for voice communication. This includes children, parents who teach their child that the phone is, first of all, a communicator, and not just another platform for games, as well as older people who simply don’t need all the features of smartphones and are even rather unnecessary. And it is precisely for all these groups that Philips Xenium E117 is oriented. It has a classic discreet design, compact dimensions, light weight, but at the same time a very comfortable keyboard. A careful approach to the development of the appearance and the use of high-quality materials allow the device to look no worse than premium counterparts, while maintaining an affordable price for a budget device.

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Another story is the Philips Xenium E207. This device has a very strictly defined target audience - the elderly. The model belongs to the class of "grandmother's phones", that is, it is adapted for people who no longer have such good hearing, vision, and there are problems with coordination. With all the advantages of a compact push-button telephone, it will be too compact for such an audience. Its keyboard and screen will not be as comfortable. And the buttons and menus of the Xenium E207 have been specially designed to be more visible and easier to press. Plus, an indispensable attribute of "grandmother's phones" is the SOS button on the rear panel. In order to send an SMS or call a given number, the user does not need anything more than a couple of simple presses of a physical button. It is clear that such a phone will be chosen not so much by the elderly themselves, but by their younger relatives. Including as a New Year's gift.

Design, dimensions, controls

Philips Xenium E117 is a classic all-in-one with compact dimensions. It is distinguished by a small weight of 76 grams, but at the same time the dimensions remained such that it was convenient to use the phone. The keyboard is classic, alphanumeric, approximately 42 by 32 mm in size. Above it is a round navigation key, buttons for accepting and rejecting calls, above which two more buttons for quick access to the menu are symmetrically located. These buttons are covered with the same glossy plastic as the area around the screen. The navigation key is also plastic, but with some kind of coating like a soft touch, so it does not slip. Gloss, of course, collects all the prints, but they are easily erased, it cannot be said that the device is somehow unnecessarily easily soiled. Above the screen is a speaker slot, it is the same for talking, for speakerphone, and for playing music.

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A flashlight LED perched on the top end, a 3.5 mm jack, microUSB and a microphone hole were located on the bottom. They worked on the latter, so that the problems encountered by the predecessors, when it was easy to cover the microphone with a finger during a conversation, will no longer be. The flashlight is average in brightness, it is enough to illuminate the keyhole or not to stumble on a step if the light suddenly went out in the entrance. The end faces were left unused to accommodate any control elements or connectors. Of the sights - only a small notch on the right edge to facilitate the removal of the back panel.

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The back panel itself is removable, made of textured plastic, which effectively resists picking up prints, dirt, slipping and even a little bumps. Although the latter is not worth checking. The panel, though flexible, is very thin. There are no slots or holes in it, only the Xenium logo right in the center.

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The build quality is high, in this respect Philips Xenium E117 can really compete with more premium models. There are no backlashes, and if the device is properly compressed, then you can rather hear a crunch, indicating that you are about to remove the battery cover.

Under the lid, too, everything is like everyone else. Under the battery itself there are two slots for standard mini SIM and maybe a little unfashionable, but a reliable microSD memory card holder. Plus all sorts of certification and other mandatory stickers.

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Philips Xenium E207 produces a completely different impression. First, it is much larger. The dimensions are 124.6 x 59 x 14.2 mm, so if you do not take into account the large thickness, then it is the size of a compact smartphone. It would seem that the extra millimeters for any device is a minus, but for the "grandmother's phone" it is rather a plus. For an elderly person with poor coordination, a larger apparatus is in practice much more convenient than compact models. And the Xenium E207 is a good example of how to correctly use the increase in size for this very purpose. Its keyboard buttons are more reminiscent of a laptop keyboard than a phone - they are large (more than 1.5 cm long and almost 1 cm wide) and protrude noticeably above the case. Plus a huge move by telephone standards. Plus, a large distance between them, which eliminates the accidental pressing of two buttons at the same time.

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Secondly, it has a horizontally oriented screen, which significantly affects the appearance itself. Although, in general, it cannot be said that the device looks somehow strange. Calm design, the possibility of choosing a black model allow the device not to look flashy. He does not attract attention, does not stick out his "grandmother", which may be important for a certain category of buyers. For those who, on the contrary, need a bright, noticeable device, there are blue and red color options.

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The large number of physical control buttons draws attention. In addition to the standard alphanumeric keypad with a four-way navigation key, the Xenium E207 has: on the left side a volume rocker (controls both call volume and speaker volume) and a keypad lock slider (complements the traditional way of automatically locking and unlocking by pressing two keys), on the right at the end of the slider to turn on the flashlight, on the back panel, next to the lens, the camera has an SOS button.I will dwell on it in more detail. It is easy to find it without turning the device over. With a short press, it does not react in any way - to operate, you need to press and hold. In this case, the device will make calls and send a previously entered message to the three numbers specified in the menu. In this case, the phone will additionally emit a siren sound, informing the owner of the button operation. It is also possible to enable an autoresponder in advance, which will work after sending an emergency SMS. If there is no need for the SOS button, then it can be disabled through the menu.

A flashlight LED is located on the upper end, and in the right corner at the junction of the faces there is an opening for attaching a lace or a lanyard - an important detail for a "grandmother's phone", which now can not be found on every device. At the bottom there is a microUSB connector and a microphone. I note that the microphone is located as close as possible to the left end, so it is difficult to block it with your hand with any grip. It is also an important point for devices that have only one microphone.

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The back cover is removable, made of thick plastic. 2/3 of it is textured, and the top is just smooth, matte. In the upper part on the left is the camera lens and the SOS button close to it. On the right is the external speaker grille. Removing the back panel reveals that the speaker is even larger than it appears through the grille, so it's no surprise that this is one of the loudest speakers I've heard in years. The lid comes off very tightly, so there is no chance that it could open by accident or come off when dropped. The lithium battery also sits tightly in its place, under which two slots for SIM cards and a separate slot for memory cards are hidden. Time-tested solutions, and taking into account the fact that the dimensions of the case allowed it, there are no problems with placement and access.

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Build quality is unquestionable. The case is made of durable and thick plastic, it has no squeaks and backlashes, so you can count on the fact that it can survive the falls typical of such devices without major problems. As with any other feature phone, there is not much to break, so the life of the phone should be long. The model may not have a wow effect, but it looks quite decent for its class.

Screen, menu

Both models have the simplest screens, which is quite typical for this class of devices, but the size and resolution are very different, as are the sizes of their cases. Philips Xenium E117 received a 1.77-inch QQVGA (128x160 pixels) TN TFT panel, and Philips Xenium E207 - made using the same technology, but 2.31-inch QVGA (320x240 pixels). As already mentioned, the screen of the "grandmother's phone" is horizontally oriented, which is due to the design features of its menu. Plus, this solution made it possible, when dialing a number, to show the number not only in its entirety, but also very large. Again, we celebrate the moment in which the developers thought about the elderly.

The screens have enough brightness and contrast to remain readable in bright sunlight, but the glossy panel glares predictably. For the Xenium E207, a very bright screen was selected, comparable in luminosity to AMOLED screens of smartphones, so there are a minimum of problems in any light. The Xenium E117 has a frankly simpler screen, it looks losing side by side, but its competitors will have the same panels. You can separately adjust the intensity of the glow of the screen and turn on the backlight of the keyboard, as well as set different delays for turning them off. In both cases, the luminosity of both the screen and the keys is enough for comfortable use in all conditions.

The phone can be controlled either through the Menu menu or through the Shortcuts menu. The second is simply faster access to the main functions of the device, bypassing the multi-stage distribution by category. For Xenium E117 it will be:

  • Contacts
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • FM radio
  • Voice recorder
  • Alarm clock
  • Speed ​​Dial
  • Blacklist
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio player
  • Video player

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The Xenium E207 will add the "Camera" item to them, which the E117 does not have for obvious reasons. But the design of the menu itself is strikingly different. Structurally, they are the same, but the way they are displayed is fundamentally different. The user does not need to constantly refer to the navigation key, moving the "cursor" left and right. Only one menu item with a large icon and a caption is displayed on the screen at a time. Accidentally miss and get in the wrong place with this design is almost impossible, so we continue to bend our fingers, noting the convenience for the elderly. One can only regret that the fonts inside the menu items, although large, are not larger than can be found in push-button phones with the same screen size and resolution. However, setting is more the prerogative of younger relatives, and not the user of the device.

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Functionally, both phones are very close. The design itself is simple, understandable, made in a classic way and will not cause any problems either at the first acquaintance or with constant use.

Multimedia

As you can see from the section above, both devices can be an FM receiver, play audio and video files. And Philips Xenium E207 - also take pictures. Here it should be noted that the camera is still very modest, only 0.08 MP. Nevertheless, if you need to take a picture of something urgently (for example, an announcement in the entrance about turning off hot water), then its capabilities will be enough. It is curious that a magnifying glass function was added to the device. A long press of the # button calls up a special mode in which, by bringing the camera closer to the small print, it can be read on the phone screen. The function is useful, but it requires good lighting, otherwise the camera without optical stabilization and autofocus will predictably pass. But in practice, there will be enough light if you add, for example, a table lamp to the top light in the evening.

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FM radio. It does not require headphones, it plays loudly, the speaker does not wheeze, the reception is of average quality. It is possible to store 9 radio stations in memory. When headphones are connected, the reception quality is noticeably improved. There are no significant differences in the operation of this function between devices. Except that the Xenium E207 has a much louder external speaker, but at the maximum volume level, extra noises already appear, caused by the vibrations of the device itself. But it does not matter which side the phone is placed on - on a hard surface there is almost no noticeable difference in volume when the phone is on its back.

MP3 player and video player. Despite some differences in design, the actual functionality is the same. Of course, you will have to store the entire media library on an external card, the phone's built-in memory is not enough for anything. I don't see the point in talking about the quality of music playback the devices will have. Also, the presence of a video player in them should be considered purely nominal - the screen sizes do not allow us to seriously consider them as a means of playing media content more serious than a podcast or radio.

Both phones play quite loudly through the external speaker, which has two advantages at once. First, you won't miss an incoming call or message. Second, you don't need a portable speaker to listen to music or a podcast. However, if you still prefer external playback sources, then everything is fine here. But more on that in the next paragraph.

Interfaces, connections

And here again we have to note that the target audience of the devices has significant differences. Philips Xenium E117 was aimed at the widest possible audience, but Xenium E207 is a narrowly focused device with specific tasks. The basic set of wired and wireless interfaces is completely standard: microUSB, used not only for charging, but also for synchronization, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. The Xenium E117 adds a 3.5mm audio jack to them, allowing you to use external audio playback sources, while the E207 model lacks it. Bluetooth for an inexpensive feature phone is a nice option, the presence of which should be written as a plus, despite the fact that version 2.1 is not new at all. These devices do not need to be reproached that memory cards only work up to 32 GB. Large multimedia files will not be loaded on them, and there is plenty of space for your favorite music library, podcasts and audiobooks.

An important difference between the Xenium E207 is the presence of a base station. For many older people, charging their phone is a hassle. The charger is constantly lost, the phone itself, being on the wire, strives to slip and fall, the wire tries to jump out, or, on the contrary, it is impossible to get the plug into a small connector, etc., etc. Another thing is the handset of a DECT device: it is immediately clear where it is and whether it is being charged. By the same principle, the E207 docking station was made. You just put it with the bottom edge in the cradle, and that's it. It would seem a trifle, but for older people this is one of the attractive features of the device. And it is the little things that always add up to convenience.

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Battery

Finally, a few words about such an important element as the battery. Both Xenium E117 and Xenium E207 received quite decent lithium batteries - 1000 and 1700 mAh respectively. Plus proprietary Xenium battery optimization technologies. As a result, the claimed operating time for both devices is 13 hours of talk time and 844 hours (more than 35 days) of standby time. The difference in battery capacity allows the more “gluttonous” Philips Xenium E207 to have the same autonomy parameters as its more economical counterpart. Of course, in everyday life, everyone will discharge the phone in their own way, but in any case, you can safely count on several weeks of operation of the device, even if you use it to the maximum.

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Since the devices are budget, as it was said, they did not receive a USB-microUSB cable in the kit. They have the same charger - 2.5 W with an integral cable. This is not a significant problem, since it is unlikely that someone will often connect these phones to a computer in order to synchronize. In addition, they have Bluetooth and, in fact, a mandatory memory card. So connecting via cable is first of all charging the battery.

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The charging speed is doing well. Philips Xenium E117 fully charges in about 3 hours. Philips Xenium E207 takes noticeably more time, because the charger is the same, but the battery capacity is 70% higher. So it will take almost five hours to charge it. But the efficiency of energy consumption allows us to say that the devices actually have an analogue of fast charging - in half an hour or an hour they will gain enough charge so as not to remember where the charger is for the next week.

Impressions

So, we have two completely different views of what a feature phone could be like at the end of 2020.

Philips Xenium E117 is a good example of a phone that can suit anyone who needs a hardy device paired with a smartphone or does not need an advanced device at all. It is light, compact, well-assembled from good materials. At the same time, its price on the shelf is 1,390 rubles, which is noticeably cheaper than analogues, which are recorded by marketers in the premium segment. This approach to a simple dialer cannot but impress, whether you are choosing a phone for your grandmother or the first own phone for her grandson, who is going to first grade. And for those who just need to make a lot of calls, such a neutral appearance with reliability and duration of work from a single charge cannot but be a plus. So the brand is by no means disingenuous, saying that this is a device for the widest audience.

The Philips Xenium E207 is a great example of what a phone for an older person should be like. It is extremely simple, with a menu adapted for maximum ease of understanding, large keyboard buttons, durable and equipped with a number of specific functions that the average user is unlikely to ever need. And here is the same function of a magnifying glass or nali

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Both devices are supplied in the same cute orange boxes, inside which is the bare minimum. Actually , the only difference in configuration is the presence of a docking station for the Xenium E207.

Positioning

In 2020, feature phones are still quite common. They have their own, and quite a significant audience, which for one reason or another cannot switch to smartphones. These are both people who just need a long-playing dialer, and those who receive a device for work exclusively for voice communication. This includes children, parents who teach their child that the phone is, first of all, a communicator, and not just another platform for games, as well as older people who simply don’t need all the features of smartphones and are even rather unnecessary. And it is precisely for all these groups that Philips Xenium E117 is oriented. It has a classic discreet design, compact size, light weight, but at the same time a very comfortable keyboard. A careful approach to the development of the appearance and the use of high-quality materials allow the device to look no worse than premium counterparts, while maintaining an affordable price for a budget device.

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Another story is the Philips Xenium E207. This device has a very strictly defined target audience - the elderly. The model belongs to the class of "grandmother's phones", that is, it is adapted for people who no longer have such good hearing, vision, and there are problems with coordination. With all the advantages of a compact push-button telephone, it will be too compact for such an audience. Its keyboard and screen will not be as comfortable. And the buttons and menus of the Xenium E207 have been specially designed to be more visible and easier to press. Plus, an indispensable attribute of "grandmother's phones" is the SOS button on the rear panel. In order to send an SMS or call a given number, the user does not need anything more than a couple of simple presses of a physical button. It is clear that such a phone will be chosen not so much by the elderly themselves, but by their younger relatives. Including as a New Year's gift.

Design, dimensions, controls

Philips Xenium E117 is a classic all-in-one with compact dimensions. It is distinguished by a small weight of 76 grams, but at the same time the dimensions remained such that it was convenient to use the phone. The keyboard is classic, alphanumeric, approximately 42 by 32 mm in size. Above it is a round navigation key, buttons for accepting and rejecting calls, above which two more buttons for quick access to the menu are symmetrically located. These buttons are covered with the same glossy plastic as the area around the screen. The navigation key is also plastic, but with some kind of coating like a soft touch, so it does not slip. Gloss, of course, collects all the prints, but they are easily erased, it cannot be said that the device is somehow unnecessarily easily soiled. Above the screen is a speaker slot, it is the same for talking, for speakerphone, and for playing music.

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A flashlight LED perched on the top end, a 3.5 mm jack, microUSB and a microphone hole were located on the bottom. They worked on the latter, so that the problems encountered by the predecessors, when it was easy to cover the microphone with a finger during a conversation, will no longer be. The flashlight is average in brightness, it is enough to illuminate the keyhole or not to stumble on a step if the light suddenly went out in the entrance. The end faces were left unused to accommodate any control elements or connectors. Of the sights - only a small notch on the right edge to facilitate the removal of the back panel.

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The back panel itself is removable, made of textured plastic, which effectively resists picking up prints, dirt, slipping and even a little bumps. Although the latter is not worth checking. The panel, though flexible, is very thin. There are no slots or holes in it, only the Xenium logo right in the center.

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The build quality is high, in this respect Philips Xenium E117 can really compete with more premium models. There are no backlashes, and if the device is properly compressed, then you can rather hear a crunch, indicating that you are about to remove the battery cover.

Under the lid, too, everything is like everyone else. Under the battery itself there are two slots for standard mini SIM and maybe a little unfashionable, but a reliable microSD memory card holder. Plus all sorts of certification and other mandatory stickers.

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Philips Xenium E207 produces a completely different impression. First, it is much larger. The dimensions are 124.6 x 59 x 14.2 mm, so if you do not take into account the large thickness, then it is the size of a compact smartphone. It would seem that the extra millimeters for any device is a minus, but for the "grandmother's phone" it is rather a plus. For an elderly person with poor coordination, a larger apparatus is in practice much more convenient than compact models. And the Xenium E207 is a good example of how to correctly use the increase in size for this very purpose. Its keyboard buttons are more reminiscent of a laptop keyboard than a phone - they are large (more than 1.5 cm long and almost 1 cm wide) and protrude noticeably above the case. Plus a huge move by telephone standards. Plus, a large distance between them, which eliminates the accidental pressing of two buttons at the same time.

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Secondly, it has a horizontally oriented screen, which significantly affects the appearance itself. Although, in general, it cannot be said that the device looks somehow strange. Calm design, the possibility of choosing a black model allow the device not to look catchy. He does not attract attention, does not stick out his "grandmother", which may be important for a certain category of buyers. For those who, on the contrary, need a bright, noticeable device, there are blue and red color options.

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The large number of physical control buttons draws attention. In addition to the standard alphanumeric keypad with a four-way navigation key, the Xenium E207 has: on the left side a volume rocker (controls both call volume and speaker volume) and a keypad lock slider (complements the traditional way of automatically locking and unlocking by pressing two keys), on the right the end face of the slider for turning on the flashlight, on the back panel, next to the lens, the camera has an SOS button.I will dwell on it in more detail. It is easy to find it without turning the device over. With a short press, it does not react in any way - to operate, you need to press and hold. In this case, the device will make calls and send a previously entered message to the three numbers specified in the menu. In this case, the phone will additionally emit a siren sound, informing the owner of the button operation. It is also possible to enable an autoresponder in advance, which will work after sending an emergency SMS. If there is no need for the SOS button, then it can be disabled through the menu.

A flashlight LED is located on the upper end, and in the right corner at the junction of the faces there is an opening for attaching a lace or a lanyard - an important detail for a "grandmother's phone", which now can not be found on every device. At the bottom there is a microUSB connector and a microphone. I note that the microphone is located as close as possible to the left end, so it is difficult to block it with your hand with any grip. It is also an important point for devices that have only one microphone.

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The back cover is removable, made of thick plastic. 2/3 of it is textured, and the top is just smooth, matte. In the upper part on the left is the camera lens and the SOS button close to it. On the right is the external speaker grille. Removing the back panel reveals that the speaker is even larger than it appears through the grille, so it's no surprise that this is one of the loudest speakers I've heard in years. The lid comes off very tightly, so there is no chance that it could open by accident or come off when dropped. The lithium battery also sits tightly in its place, under which two slots for SIM cards and a separate slot for memory cards are hidden. Time-tested solutions, and taking into account the fact that the dimensions of the case allowed it, there are no problems with placement and access.

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Build quality is unquestionable. The case is made of durable and thick plastic, it has no squeaks and backlashes, so you can count on the fact that it can survive the falls typical of such devices without major problems. As with any other feature phone, there is not much to break, so the life of the phone should be long. The model may not have a wow effect, but it looks quite decent for its class.

Screen, menu

Both models have the simplest screens, which is quite typical for this class of devices, but the size and resolution are very different, as are the sizes of their cases. Philips Xenium E117 received a 1.77-inch QQVGA (128x160 pixels) TN TFT panel, and Philips Xenium E207 - made using the same technology, but 2.31-inch QVGA (320x240 pixels). As already mentioned, the screen of the "grandmother's phone" is horizontally oriented, which is due to the design features of its menu. Plus, this solution made it possible, when dialing a number, to show the number not only in its entirety, but also very large. Again, we celebrate the moment in which the developers thought about the elderly.

The screens have enough brightness and contrast to remain readable in bright sunlight, but the glossy panel glares predictably. For the Xenium E207, a very bright screen was selected, comparable in luminosity to AMOLED screens of smartphones, so there are a minimum of problems in any light. The Xenium E117 has a frankly simpler screen, it looks losing side by side, but its competitors will have the same panels. You can separately adjust the intensity of the glow of the screen and turn on the backlight of the keyboard, as well as set different delays for turning them off. In both cases, the luminosity of both the screen and the keys is enough for comfortable use in all conditions.

The phone can be controlled either through the Menu menu or through the Shortcuts menu. The second is simply faster access to the main functions of the device, bypassing the multi-stage distribution by category. For Xenium E117 it will be:

  • Contacts
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • FM radio
  • Voice recorder
  • Alarm clock
  • Speed ​​Dial
  • Blacklist
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio player
  • Video player

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The Xenium E207 will add the "Camera" item to them, which the E117 does not have for obvious reasons. But the design of the menu itself is strikingly different. Structurally, they are the same, but the way they are displayed is fundamentally different. The user does not need to constantly refer to the navigation key, moving the "cursor" left and right. Only one menu item with a large icon and a caption is displayed on the screen at a time. Accidentally miss and get in the wrong place with this design is almost impossible, so we continue to bend our fingers, noting the convenience for the elderly. One can only regret that the fonts inside the menu items, although large, are not larger than can be found in push-button phones with the same screen size and resolution. However, setting is more the prerogative of younger relatives, and not the user of the device.

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Functionally, both phones are very close. The design itself is simple, understandable, made in a classic way and will not cause any problems either at the first acquaintance or with constant use.

Multimedia

As you can see from the section above, both devices can be an FM receiver, play audio and video files. And Philips Xenium E207 - also take pictures. Here it should be noted that the camera is still very modest, only 0.08 MP. Nevertheless, if you need to take a picture of something urgently (for example, an announcement in the entrance about turning off hot water), then its capabilities will be enough. It is curious that a magnifying glass function was added to the device. A long press of the # button calls up a special mode in which, by bringing the camera closer to the small print, it can be read on the phone screen. The function is useful, but it requires good lighting, otherwise the camera without optical stabilization and autofocus will predictably pass. But in practice, there will be enough light if, for example, a table lamp is added to the upper light in the evening.

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FM radio. It does not require headphones, it plays loudly, the speaker does not wheeze, the reception is of average quality. It is possible to store 9 radio stations in memory. When headphones are connected, the reception quality is noticeably improved. There are no significant differences in the operation of this function between devices. Except that the Xenium E207 has a much louder external speaker, but at the maximum volume level, extra noises already appear, caused by the vibrations of the device itself. But it does not matter which side the phone is placed on - on a hard surface there is almost no noticeable difference in volume when the phone is on its back.

MP3 player and video player. Despite some differences in design, the actual functionality is the same. Of course, you will have to store the entire media library on an external card, the phone's built-in memory is not enough for anything. I don't see the point in talking about the quality of music playback the devices will have. Also, the presence of a video player in them should be considered purely nominal - the screen sizes do not allow us to seriously consider them as a means of playing media content more serious than a podcast or radio.

Both phones play quite loudly through the external speaker, which has two advantages at once. First, you won't miss an incoming call or message. Second, you don't need a portable speaker to listen to music or a podcast. However, if you still prefer external playback sources, then everything is fine here. But more on that in the next paragraph.

Interfaces, connections

And here again we have to note that the target audience of the devices has significant differences. Philips Xenium E117 was aimed at the widest possible audience, but Xenium E207 is a narrowly focused device with specific tasks. The basic set of wired and wireless interfaces is completely standard: microUSB, used not only for charging, but also for synchronization, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. The Xenium E117 adds a 3.5mm audio jack to them, allowing you to use external audio playback sources, while the E207 model lacks it. Bluetooth for an inexpensive feature phone is a nice option, the presence of which should be written as a plus, despite the fact that version 2.1 is not new at all. These devices do not need to be reproached that memory cards only work up to 32 GB. Large multimedia files will not be loaded on them, and there is plenty of space for your favorite music library, podcasts and audiobooks.

An important difference between the Xenium E207 is the presence of a base station. For many older people, charging their phone is a hassle. The charger is constantly lost, the phone itself, being on the wire, strives to slip and fall, the wire tries to jump out, or, on the contrary, it is impossible to get the plug into a small connector, etc., etc. Another thing is the handset of a DECT device: it is immediately clear where it is and whether it is being charged. By the same principle, the E207 docking station was made. You just put it with the bottom edge in the cradle, and that's it. It would seem a trifle, but for the elderly this is one of the attractive features of the device. And it is the little things that always add up to convenience.

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Battery

Finally, a few words about such an important element as the battery. Both Xenium E117 and Xenium E207 received quite decent lithium batteries - 1000 and 1700 mAh, respectively. Plus proprietary Xenium battery optimization technologies. As a result, the claimed operating time for both devices is 13 hours of talk time and 844 hours (more than 35 days) of standby time. The difference in battery capacity allows the more “gluttonous” Philips Xenium E207 to have the same autonomy parameters as its more economical counterpart. Of course, in everyday life, everyone will discharge the phone in their own way, but in any case, you can safely count on several weeks of operation of the device, even if you use it to the maximum.

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Since the devices are budget, as it was said, they did not receive a USB-microUSB cable in the kit. They have the same charger - 2.5 W with an integral cable. This is not a significant problem, since it is unlikely that someone will often connect these phones to a computer in order to synchronize. In addition, they have Bluetooth and, in fact, a mandatory memory card. So connecting via cable is first of all charging the battery.

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The charging speed is doing well. Philips Xenium E117 fully charges in about 3 hours. Philips Xenium E207 takes noticeably more time, because the charger is the same, but the battery capacity is 70% higher. So it will take almost five hours to charge it. But the efficiency of energy consumption allows us to say that the devices actually have an analogue of fast charging - in half an hour or an hour they will gain enough charge so as not to remember where the charger is for the next week.

Impressions

So, we have two completely different views of what a feature phone could be like at the end of 2020.

Philips Xenium E117 is a good example of a phone that can suit anyone who needs a hardy device paired with a smartphone or does not need an advanced device at all. It is light, compact, well-assembled from good materials. At the same time, its price on the shelf is 1,390 rubles, which is noticeably cheaper than analogues, which are recorded by marketers in the premium segment. This approach to a simple dialer cannot but impress, whether you are choosing a phone for your grandmother or the first own phone for her grandson, who is going to first grade. And for those who just need to make a lot of calls, such a neutral appearance with reliability and duration of work from a single charge cannot but be a plus. So the brand is by no means disingenuous, saying that this is a device for the widest audience.

The Philips Xenium E207 is a great example of what a phone for an older person should be like. It is extremely simple, with a menu adapted for maximum ease of understanding, large keyboard buttons, durable and equipped with a number of specific functions that the average user is unlikely to ever need. And here is the same function of a magnifying glass or nali

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Both devices are supplied in the same cute orange boxes, inside which is the bare minimum. Actually, the only difference in configuration is the presence of a docking station for the Xenium E207.

Both devices are supplied in the same cute orange boxes, inside which is the bare minimum. Actually , the only difference in configuration is the availability of a docking station for the Xenium E207.

Positioning

In 2020, feature phones are still quite common. They have their own, and quite a significant audience, which for one reason or another cannot switch to smartphones. These are both people who just need a long-playing dialer, and those who receive a device for work exclusively for voice communication. This includes children, parents who teach their child that the phone is, first of all, a communicator, and not just another platform for games, as well as older people who simply don’t need all the features of smartphones and are even rather unnecessary. And it is precisely for all these groups that Philips Xenium E117 is oriented. It has a classic discreet design, compact size, light weight, but at the same time a very comfortable keyboard. A careful approach to the development of the appearance and the use of high-quality materials allow the device to look no worse than premium counterparts, while maintaining an affordable price for a budget device.

Another story is the Philips Xenium E207. This device has a very strictly defined target audience - the elderly. The model belongs to the class of "grandmother's phones", that is, it is adapted for people who no longer have such good hearing, vision, and there are problems with coordination. With all the advantages of a compact push-button telephone, it will be too compact for such an audience. Its keyboard and screen will not be as comfortable. And the buttons and menus of the Xenium E207 have been specially designed to be more visible and easier to press. Plus, an indispensable attribute of "grandmother's phones" is the SOS button on the rear panel. In order to send an SMS or call a given number, the user does not need anything more than a couple of simple presses of a physical button. It is clear that such a phone will be chosen not so much by the elderly themselves, but by their younger relatives. Including as a New Year's gift.

Design, dimensions, controls

Philips Xenium E117 is a classic all-in-one with compact dimensions. It is distinguished by a small weight of 76 grams, but at the same time the dimensions remained such that it was convenient to use the phone. The keyboard is classic, alphanumeric, approximately 42 by 32 mm in size. Above it is a round navigation key, buttons for accepting and rejecting calls, above which two more buttons for quick access to the menu are symmetrically located. These buttons are covered with the same glossy plastic as the area around the screen. The navigation key is also plastic, but with some kind of coating like a soft touch, so it does not slip. Gloss, of course, collects all the prints, but they are easily erased, it cannot be said that the device is somehow unnecessarily easily soiled. Above the screen is a speaker slot, it is the same for talking, for speakerphone, and for playing music.

A flashlight LED perched on the top end, a 3.5 mm jack, microUSB and a microphone hole were located on the bottom. They worked on the latter, so that the problems encountered by the predecessors, when it was easy to cover the microphone with a finger during a conversation, will no longer be. The flashlight is average in brightness, it is enough to illuminate the keyhole or not to stumble on a step if the light suddenly went out in the entrance. The end faces were left unused to accommodate any control elements or connectors. Of the sights - only a small notch on the right edge to facilitate the removal of the back panel.

The back panel itself is removable, made of textured plastic, which effectively resists picking up prints, dirt, slipping and even a little bumps. Although the latter is not worth checking. The panel, though flexible, is very thin. There are no slots or holes in it, only the Xenium logo right in the center.

The build quality is high, in this respect Philips Xenium E117 can really compete with more premium models. There are no backlashes, and if the device is properly compressed, then you can rather hear a crunch, indicating that you are about to remove the battery cover.

Under the lid, too, everything is like everyone else. Under the battery itself there are two slots for standard mini SIM and maybe a little unfashionable, but a reliable microSD memory card holder. Plus all sorts of certification and other mandatory stickers.

Philips Xenium E207 produces a completely different impression. First, it is much larger. The dimensions are 124.6 x 59 x 14.2 mm, so if you do not take into account the large thickness, then it is the size of a compact smartphone. It would seem that the extra millimeters for any device is a minus, but for the "grandmother's phone" it is rather a plus. For an elderly person with poor coordination, a larger apparatus is in practice much more convenient than compact models. And the Xenium E207 is a good example of how to correctly use the increase in size for this very purpose. Its keyboard buttons are more reminiscent of a laptop keyboard than a phone - they are large (more than 1.5 cm long and almost 1 cm wide) and protrude noticeably above the case. Plus a huge move by telephone standards. Plus, a large distance between them, which eliminates the accidental pressing of two buttons at the same time.

Secondly, it has a horizontally oriented screen, which significantly affects the appearance itself. Although, in general, it cannot be said that the device looks somehow strange. Calm design, the possibility of choosing a black model allow the device not to look catchy. He does not attract attention, does not stick out his "grandmother", which may be important for a certain category of buyers. For those who, on the contrary, need a bright, noticeable device, there are blue and red color options.

The large number of physical control buttons draws attention. In addition to the standard alphanumeric keypad with a four-way navigation key, the Xenium E207 has: on the left side a volume rocker (controls both call volume and speaker volume) and a keypad lock slider (complements the traditional way of automatically locking and unlocking by pressing two keys), on the right the end face of the slider for turning on the flashlight, on the back panel, next to the lens, the camera has an SOS button. I will dwell on it in more detail. It is easy to find it without turning the device over. With a short press, it does not react in any way - to operate, you need to press and hold. In this case, the device will make calls and send a previously entered message to the three numbers specified in the menu. In this case, the phone will additionally emit a siren sound, informing the owner of the button operation. It is also possible to enable an autoresponder in advance, which will work after sending an emergency SMS. If there is no need for the SOS button, then it can be disabled through the menu.

A flashlight LED is located on the upper end, and in the right corner at the junction of the faces there is an opening for attaching a lace or a lanyard - an important detail for a "grandmother's phone", which now can not be found on every device. At the bottom there is a microUSB connector and a microphone. I note that the microphone is located as close as possible to the left end, so it is difficult to block it with your hand with any grip. It is also an important point for devices that have only one microphone.

The back cover is removable, made of thick plastic. 2/3 of it is textured, and the top is just smooth, matte. In the upper part on the left is the camera lens and the SOS button close to it. On the right is the external speaker grille. Removing the back panel reveals that the speaker is even larger than it appears through the grille, so it's no surprise that this is one of the loudest speakers I've heard in years. The lid comes off very tightly, so there is no chance that it could open by accident or come off when dropped. The lithium battery also sits tightly in its place, under which two slots for SIM cards and a separate slot for memory cards are hidden. Time-tested solutions, and taking into account the fact that the dimensions of the case allowed it, there are no problems with placement and access.

Build quality is unquestionable. The case is made of durable and thick plastic, it has no squeaks and backlashes, so you can count on the fact that it can survive the falls typical of such devices without major problems. As with any other feature phone, there is not much to break, so the life of the phone should be long. The model may not have a wow effect, but it looks quite decent for its class.

Screen, menu

Both models have the simplest screens, which is quite typical for this class of devices, but the size and resolution are very different, as are the sizes of their cases. Philips Xenium E117 received a 1.77-inch QQVGA (128x160 pixels) TN TFT panel, and Philips Xenium E207 - made using the same technology, but 2.31-inch QVGA (320x240 pixels). As already mentioned, the screen of the "grandmother's phone" is horizontally oriented, which is due to the design features of its menu. Plus, this solution made it possible, when dialing a number, to show the number not only in its entirety, but also very large. Again, we celebrate the moment in which the developers thought about the elderly.

The screens have enough brightness and contrast to remain readable in bright sunlight, but the glossy panel glares predictably. For the Xenium E207, a very bright screen was selected, comparable in luminosity to AMOLED screens of smartphones, so there are a minimum of problems in any light. The Xenium E117 has a frankly simpler screen, it looks losing side by side, but its competitors will have the same panels. You can separately adjust the intensity of the glow of the screen and turn on the backlight of the keyboard, as well as set different delays for turning them off. In both cases, the luminosity of both the screen and the keys is enough for comfortable use in all conditions.

The phone can be controlled either through the Menu menu or through the Shortcuts menu. The second is simply faster access to the main functions of the device, bypassing the multi-stage distribution by category. For Xenium E117 it will be:

  • Contacts
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • FM radio
  • Voice recorder
  • Alarm clock
  • Speed ​​Dial
  • Blacklist
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio player
  • Video player

The Xenium E207 will add the "Camera" item to them, which the E117 does not have for obvious reasons. But the design of the menu itself is strikingly different. Structurally, they are the same, but the way they are displayed is fundamentally different. The user does not need to constantly refer to the navigation key, moving the "cursor" left and right. Only one menu item with a large icon and a caption is displayed on the screen at a time. Accidentally miss and get in the wrong place with this design is almost impossible, so we continue to bend our fingers, noting the convenience for the elderly. One can only regret that the fonts inside the menu items, although large, are not larger than can be found in push-button phones with the same screen size and resolution. However, setting is more the prerogative of younger relatives, and not the user of the device.

Functionally, both phones are very close. The design itself is simple, understandable, made in a classic way and will not cause any problems either at the first acquaintance or with constant use.

Multimedia

As you can see from the section above, both devices can be an FM receiver, play audio and video files. And Philips Xenium E207 - also take pictures. Here it should be noted that the camera is still very modest, only 0.08 MP. Nevertheless, if you need to take a picture of something urgently (for example, an announcement in the entrance about turning off hot water), then its capabilities will be enough. It is curious that a magnifying glass function was added to the device. A long press of the # button calls up a special mode in which, by bringing the camera closer to the small print, it can be read on the phone screen. The function is useful, but it requires good lighting, otherwise the camera without optical stabilization and autofocus will predictably pass. But in practice, there will be enough light if, for example, a table lamp is added to the upper light in the evening.

FM radio. It does not require headphones, it plays loudly, the speaker does not wheeze, the reception is of average quality. It is possible to store 9 radio stations in memory. When headphones are connected, the reception quality is noticeably improved. There are no significant differences in the operation of this function between devices. Except that the Xenium E207 has a much louder external speaker, but at the maximum volume level, extra noises already appear, caused by the vibrations of the device itself. But it does not matter which side the phone is placed on - on a hard surface there is almost no noticeable difference in volume when the phone is on its back.

MP3 player and video player. Despite some differences in design, the actual functionality is the same. Of course, you will have to store the entire media library on an external card, the phone's built-in memory is not enough for anything. I don't see the point in talking about the quality of music playback the devices will have. Also, the presence of a video player in them should be considered purely nominal - the screen sizes do not allow us to seriously consider them as a means of playing media content more serious than a podcast or radio.

Both phones play quite loudly through the external speaker, which has two advantages at once. First, you won't miss an incoming call or message. Second, you don't need a portable speaker to listen to music or a podcast. However, if you still prefer external playback sources, then everything is fine here. But more on that in the next paragraph.

Interfaces, connections

And here again we have to note that the target audience of the devices has significant differences. Philips Xenium E117 was aimed at the widest possible audience, but Xenium E207 is a narrowly focused device with specific tasks. The basic set of wired and wireless interfaces is completely standard: microUSB, used not only for charging, but also for synchronization, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. The Xenium E117 adds a 3.5mm audio jack to them, allowing you to use external audio playback sources, while the E207 model lacks it. Bluetooth for an inexpensive feature phone is a nice option, the presence of which should be written as a plus, despite the fact that version 2.1 is not new at all. These devices do not need to be reproached that memory cards only work up to 32 GB. Large multimedia files will not be loaded on them, and there is plenty of space for your favorite music library, podcasts and audiobooks.

An important difference between the Xenium E207 is the presence of a base station. For many older people, charging their phone is a hassle. The charger is constantly lost, the phone itself, being on the wire, strives to slip and fall, the wire tries to jump out, or, on the contrary, it is impossible to get the plug into a small connector, etc., etc. Another thing is the handset of a DECT device: it is immediately clear where it is and whether it is being charged. By the same principle, the E207 docking station was made. You just put it with the bottom edge in the cradle, and that's it. It would seem a trifle, but for older people this is one of the attractive features of the device. And it is the little things that always add up to convenience.

Battery

Finally, a few words about such an important element as the battery. Both Xenium E117 and Xenium E207 received quite decent lithium batteries - 1000 and 1700 mAh respectively. Plus proprietary Xenium battery optimization technologies. As a result, the claimed operating time for both devices is 13 hours of talk time and 844 hours (more than 35 days) of standby time. The difference in battery capacity allows the more “gluttonous” Philips Xenium E207 to have the same autonomy parameters as its more economical counterpart. Of course, in everyday life, everyone will discharge the phone in their own way, but in any case, you can safely count on several weeks of operation of the device, even if you use it to the maximum.

Since the devices are budget, as it was said, they did not receive a USB-microUSB cable in the kit. They have the same charger - 2.5 W with an integral cable. This is not a significant problem, since it is unlikely that someone will often connect these phones to a computer in order to synchronize. In addition, they have Bluetooth and, in fact, a mandatory memory card. So connecting via cable is first of all charging the battery.

The charging speed is doing well. Philips Xenium E117 fully charges in about 3 hours. Philips Xenium E207 takes noticeably more time, because the charger is the same, but the battery capacity is 70% higher. So it will take almost five hours to charge it. But the efficiency of energy consumption allows us to say that the devices actually have an analogue of fast charging - in half an hour or an hour they will gain enough charge so as not to remember where the charger is for the next week.

Impressions

So, we have two completely different views of what a feature phone could be like at the end of 2020.

Philips Xenium E117 is a good example of a phone that can suit anyone who needs a hardy device paired with a smartphone or does not need an advanced device at all. It is light, compact, well-assembled from good materials. At the same time, its price on the shelf is 1,390 rubles, which is noticeably cheaper than analogues, which are recorded by marketers in the premium segment. This approach to a simple dialer cannot but impress, whether you are choosing a phone for your grandmother or the first own phone for her grandson, who is going to first grade. And for those who just need to make a lot of calls, such a neutral appearance with reliability and duration of work from a single charge cannot but be a plus. So the brand is by no means disingenuous, saying that this is a device for the widest audience.

The Philips Xenium E207 is a great example of what a phone for an older person should be like. It is extremely simple, with a menu adapted for maximum ease of understanding, large keyboard buttons, durable and equipped with a number of specific functions that the average user is unlikely to ever need. And here is the same function of a magnifying glass or nali