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Amplicomms M7500 review by Bernie Speed
The new amplicomms M7500 is a stylish ‘Flip’ style mobile phone. Its key benefits include loud amplification (ringer and handset volume), clear sound with hearing aid compatibility, Built-In camera and video recorder, SOS button, Easy to use Big Button design.
I have purchased this new mobile phone recently having previously owned an amplicomms M7000 for 3 years. I wanted an upgrade which will work with my current SIM Card. Being hard of hearing this mobile phone helped me hear better, restoring my confidence in calling my family and friends.
At first glance this new model is certainly a step forward by amplicomms. They have added some new features but kept in all that was good in the older M7000. Evidently real thought was put in. The new handset looks and feels better right out of the box. It comes with a built-in camera! A feature I was missing on the older model. The operation of the camera is easy and picture quality is good. I noticed it is also possible to record video clips, which is nice to have.
All the features are easily accessible through the bright colour display menu. The scrollable menu is simple and logical even for first time users. There is a new external display on the front outer shell of the handset. I found this useful as I could see the caller’s number without having to open the flip handset. It also displays the time & date in either digital or analogue format.
It is clear amplicomms have developed the M7500 for users with hearing loss like myself. Indeed the handset receiver volume is loud, just like the previous M7000 model (if not more). Ringer volume can alert even users with severe hearing loss – it is very loud thankfully adjustable! The sound quality I have experienced with this new handset is excellent. Even though this model has no tone control the sound during calls is clear at all levels. I used the handset with my hearing aids ‘T’ setting which helped me hear the conversation without surrounding noises. The phone offers good variety of ring tones, some of those are highly pitched. Great if you suffer from high frequency hearing loss.
Sending SMS text messages is easy with the clear and large characters on the display. However, unlike the older M7000 model, amplicomms have chosen to remove the useful Predictive Text feature. I know this is very much a ‘Marmite point of view’, one either loves this feature and find it useful, others find it confusing. This is probably my only real criticism I have of this phone.
The M7500 has improved connectivity compared to previous amplicomms mobiles. There is Bluetooth and 3rd Generation Quad Band connectivity so it can be used all over the world and with any SIM Card. In previous experience with my older M7000 mobile phone, when we went to visit our family last year in the USA I could not it there because it had a 2G Dual Band connectivity. So this is a welcomed improvement by amplicomms. I can plan my next trip!
The M7500 is equipped with a unique ‘SOS’ distress button at the rear of the handset. I have always been quite apprehensive about this function, but I suppose this has been designed by amplicomms to help its target market clientele. Use of this button in an emergency triggers an outgoing call to selected contacts without having to dial or remember numbers.
My Verdict – The new M7500 is a good step forward from the older M7000 model.
Prons: excellent audio performance, improved connectivity, Dual Display, Camera / Video recorder.
Cons: no Tone Control, no Predictive Text.
Overall I recommend the new M7500. With its new glossy black design and excellent functionality it looks better and sounds better too.
Bernie Speed, Kent