VTech's Retro Phone has modern 'Mad Men' flair

VTech's LS6195 harkens back to the rotary-dial phone with a decidedly digital twist.

The VTech Retro Phone retails for $59.99 and has a digital answering machine (click to enlarge). VTech

Perhaps it's just a coincidence that VTech's $59.99 LS6195 cordless phone has hit stores as the fifth season of "Mad Men" has recently gotten under way, but the phone has a decidedly 1960s retro look with a tagline that Don Draper might approve of: "Back in style. Better styled."

Naturally, the electronics inside the LD6195 are new -- or at least relatively new -- as the VTech Retro Phone has a digital answering machine and uses DECT 6.0 digital technology, which is the standard in today's cordless phones.

Here's a look at the LS6195's specs:

Click to enlarge. VTech

Plenty of other companies have done digital cordless phones with rotary-dial styling in the past, but this model seems to have the whole geek hipster thing nailed pretty well. Of course, many geek hipsters don't bother with land lines and cordless phones anymore (just cell phones), but that's another story.

The VTech Retro Phone from another angle (click to enlarge). VTech

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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