Pros: Rock solid performance where it counts, well thought out handsets, very good sound quality.
Cons: Sound of the ringer could be improved, lacks some functions often found on cheaper phones.
After experiencing less than satisfactory performance with 2 out of 3 Panasonics I decided to try Uniden based on 1 user rating for the DXI 5186 and Uniden attaining a #1 rating with Consumer Reports for another model (I forget which one).
I was hoping to buy a phone that had a few more functions such as speaker phone, more memory dial storage (this has ten) and ability to use both handsets simultaneously. Unfortunately after 2 weeks of reading reviews and looking at phones in stores I had to accept that I may not find everything I wanted in a phone for under $200. So I "settled" on this Uniden based on it's look and feel (seems to have the build quality lacking in so many of the smaller, lighter, less expensive phones) and the comfort and set up of the handsets. I have not experienced any ear discomfort with this unit as the speaker area is large enough to fit around much of the ear rather than having to pressed directly against the ear opening which becomes uncomfortable quickly.
I have been using this phone for 4 days now on one charge (rated for 6 days of stand-by and 420 hours of use per charge) and have been pleased with the quality of the sound - both volume and clarity. I can't offer much input on the phone's range as I only take the phone, at most, 70 feet from the base. I haven't attempted to take it down the street as I carry a cell. What is most important to me is being able to make and receive calls with an uninterrupted signal throughout my three story house and garage and to be able to hear the caller clearly. So far this phone passes those tests with very high marks.
I have read that Digital Spread Spectrum phones offer the best range and that analog provides the highest sound quality with a bit of sacrifice in range. I have to agree with the sound quality comment as these analog handsets offer a far more natural sound than the digital phones I have had. Callers voices have more depth and fullness than the digital Panasonics I've used, two of which I considered quite satisfactory. However, this Uniden does make them sound a bit tinny by comparison. The other feature I was hoping not to have to go without was the NiMH batter packs. I am not terribly pleased with the total life span or charge length of the NiCad batteries produced in the last 2-3 years. Other reviewers seem to concur that they have gone up in price only to go down in reliability and durability. One has to be sure to allow the NiCads to drain completely and then charge completely the first 3-4 cycles or the overall life span will suffer significantly. Manufacturers don't always inform of this, and draining and charging completely still does not always guarantee acceptable functioning. So I really wanted to try the NiHM's which supposedly can be left on the charger all the time, if desired, without compromising durability. I plan to update this review after a few months to report on this.
I chose to enter a review on this phone within a week of use because other than one 5 star rating there were no reviews I could find on this model. In summary this is a quality package for a decent price ($169 Canadian) that provides high quality on the essential functions one buys a cordless phone for. I would have liked a few more features and if this is critical for other buyers then Uniden does offer other packages at higher prices that have been reviewed numerous times. However, I doubt that any cordless phone is going to outperform the the sound quality I have experienced during this initial week to any significant degree. So if you can live without some of the bells and whistles but don't want to compromise on the most important functions of a cordless phone then this model may be for you.