Look and feelMassive keys adorn a retro looking chrome fascia, giving the impression of a calculator.Ease of UseEasy to use is the name of the game when it comes to the Emporia TALKpremium. Talking and texting is as simple as could be, and there are virtually no other features to complicate usability. FeaturesThis phone is designed to talk and text well, and prides itself on doing nothing else. As a result, there is little to shout about in this category.PerformanceThe TALKpremium does exactly what it says on the tin, performing amicably on the call and texting front. Battery lifeDespite a mammoth 12,000 standby time, the phone could only manage 170 minutes’ talk time. This suggests the phone is designed for people who aren’t actually going to use it that much.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:57:06 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
The large keypad means accidental key presses will be rare, if ever
The display is two-tone and small at just two inches
We wear our geek badge with pride. We crave phones that have the latest software, look the business and are the envy of all our fellow technophiles. However, we also appreciate that not everyone is an early adopter and many want a no frills phone that simply does a good job of texting and calling. Emporia has marketed itself as a manufacturer for the older generation and as such, the TALKpremium’s features are few and far between.
Emporia has taken something of a retro approach to the design of the TALKpremium with a fetching chrome lining. The keys are enormous – there’s no fear of accidentally dialling the wrong number here. In fact, the keyboard itself takes up around three quarters of the front fascia, resulting in a fairly small screen. It’s akin to something like an old-fashioned calculator. The screen itself is a two tone combo of black text on an orange background. What it lacks in colour it makes up in clarity, with bold and clear text. Presumably to cater for the shorter sighted among us, you can change the font size to large to maximises the font when texting, although this does limit the menu options to one title at a time. Not that there’s much in terms of menu options, with just your settings, call info, phone book and SIM services (though this is redundant due to the phones inability to send or receive picture messages or surf the internet). Rather than opt for the usual menu button on the front of the phone, the TALKpremium’s is actually accessed by a slide key on the right-hand side of the device. The same key can be slid in the opposite direction to open up your texting options. This slider approach is also used for setting the alarm, found on the right-hand side, and locking the device – on the left. One word of warning about the alarm and ringtones; they are both very VERY loud. Really, we’re not kidding. You can turn them down, but the idea is that a tone of this magnitude won’t be missed by even the most hard of hearing.
Keys one to five can be programmed for speed dialling purposes for your favourite numbers. What’s that? What if you forget what number equates to which contact? Ah, well Emporia has already though of that. Attached to the bottom of the phone is a lanyard that will reveal a pull-out notepad that your five speed dial contacts can be jotted down on. We suggest using a pencil as you never know when you’ll want to change your ‘top friends’.
It may be lacking a camera, internet speeds, and a music player, but how many phones can boast a torch? OK, so the TALKpremium may not have exclusivity on this nifty feature, but it’s welcome nonetheless. It’s also impressively bright and will prove useful when trying to locate your front door lock on that dark winter’s night. We would have preferred it if you could simply press the button (again, found on the right-hand side) and the torch stayed on rather than the need to hold it down, but we appreciate that there could be a danger of accidentally switching it on when in your pocket and then subsequently draining the battery.
The Emporia TALKpremium does exactly what it says on the tin. There’s no note worthy features, but for calling and texting it’s difficult to fault. We would argue that technology is not age discriminate and as such, we’re unsure about the premise of catering for the older generation, but if you’re after a back to basics phone then the TALKpremium delivers.