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Wi-Fi Skype Phones - ASUS AiGuru S1 vs. Netgear SPH101 - Final Thoughts

By: Lars Göran Nilsson | Network Phones in Networking | Posted: Feb 13, 2007 5:00 am

Final Thoughts


So, what to make of these two handsets from ASUS and Netgear?


Well, they're very different in terms of how they work and what they offer, but they both do the same job and both of them does it well.


It's really a matter of what you're after and how much money you want to spend. The ASUS AiGuru S1 is definitely the winner when it comes to cost and batter life, but it's not as easy to setup and use as the Netgear SPH101, especially not if you want to use it in different locations. The screen is also much easier to read on the SPH101 and the build quality feels that little bit better than the AiGuru S1 but of course you are paying extra money for it.


If you've got plenty of cash to spend and you're looking for a Wi-Fi Skype phone which doesn't require a PC and you can take around with you while you're on the move, then Netgear's SPH101 is the one for you. On the other hand, if you only intend on using Wi-Fi Skype in your house or in your office and don't have a particularly huge budget, the ASUS AiGuru S1 is one to look at as well and you'll even be able to stream your MP3s from your PC as an additional bonus.


ASUS AiGuru S1 Conclusion


- Pros


Very cheap for what you get


USB Wi-Fi dongle part of the package


PC Configuration software (fool proof one button setup)


Stream music to the phone


- Cons


Need a computer, relies on Skype on your PC


PC Configuration software (doesn't always work as it's meant to)



Rating of ASUS AiGuru S1 - 8 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award!


Netgear SPH101 Conclusion


- Pros


Well designed


Easy to use user interface


Can use it pretty much anywhere that there's a Wi-Fi connection


No computer required!


- Cons


Can't be used with paid for Wi-Fi access points




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NetGear SPH101 IP Wireless Phone


Rating of Netgear SPH101 - 8.5 out of 10


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