Gigaset SL785 (Update)

Who today wants to stand out in the DECT market, must come up with something special. That seems to have been also task of the Siemens developers, because the brand new luxury phone is waiting for Gigaset SL785 right on with a variety of new features. Now there’s an update for the device, detailed information later in the article, by the way.

  1. Gigaset SL785 (update)
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

It all starts with the case: instead of plastic frame 170-euro phone is made of metal. Located with 141 grams while comparatively heavy in the hand, does this but very elegant. An eye-catcher is the keyboard, which is reminiscent of Motorola’s legendary RAZR and consists of a metal-coated, almost level surface.

Although sublime keys are still a bit better to use, especially if you look not so exactly, however Siemens got the maximum of ergonomics from the pushers. So, an exalted pen, which facilitates the orientation of blind operation sits on the red and green phone button, as well as on the 5. The phone acknowledged input on top with deep pressure points.

How printed: crisp-sharp display box

Another novelty in the DECT market is the QVGA display with 240 x 320 pixels and 256 000 colors. Thus, the display is crisp-sharp, fonts and graphics seem like printed.

Next innovation: previous DECT phones were equipped with not overwritten available save for the firmware. Here, too, Siemens is breaking new ground with Flash-ROM devices: the manufacturer can breathe in the future into the device-new features via firmware update.

To do this, the customer must take off the cover of the back, where above by the battery, a USB connector is revealed. The Gigaset will contact with the PC via the supplied USB cable.

The customer must play the Gigaset sync program supplied on CD, already can he transmit not only the new firmware, but also Outlook contact data easily beam as VCards on the handset.

Bluetooth interface to the Datenbeamen

But don’t worry: Not always need the lid down – the SL785 is also a Bluetooth interface, the headsets a book as well as contacts and after updating beam can also images and ring tones on the handset.

The address book with an entry can have up to three telephone numbers remembers lush 500 entries. Also, registered the SL785 birthdays and reminds. A baby monitor calls a preset number, if the offspring in the bed calls for society. Top is also the alarm clock that is resting on request at the weekend.

Even Siemens cares about its clients undisturbed sleep: the phone can be set so that it does not ring at certain times. Siemens the charger has not quite perfectly solved. That is but also pretty metallic contact Jack does, however on a slim – Lumberg. And it is so intricately constructed in such a way that you already have to aim, if you want to insert the handset to charge.

Bart carrier must hold still

When removing turn the handset snagged sometimes, so you must hold the charger with the other hand. A highlight is the speakerphone. That is fully capable of duplex rushes but under certain conditions – there is one used by Siemens other and hoping for a firmware tuning on the DSP.

Fortunately this is not true, when on phone with the handset to the ear. Because the sound is top, also the connect lab measurements show. Bart carrier can have problems however: if they keep not absolutely motionless on the cheek of the handset, the stubble produce unsightly scratch noises on the keypad, metal – and it’s transferred much more in case of CAT-iq mode on the remote site.

Can be used also with CAT-iq

Although offered the SL785 unfortunately not with IP-based, the handset but operate without problems on a FritzBox FON WLAN 7270 and use with CAT-iq, also operating on a Gigaset IP base station works.

There is praise for the exemplary eco functions: so the SL785 dominates all variants of the eco-fashion radiation reducer up out to the fully eco mode, which basically disables the transmitter in standby mode. A worthy new number one of the leaderboards.

Update for the Gigaset SL785: new test report in connect 07/2009:

New bits give the luxury Gigaset now more functions for the multimedia features – which now also use the top display. The whole thing is part of a major firmware upgrade, which had been announced to the market launch in the autumn of last year for this spring.

And Siemens has kept their word. To install you must first renew the Quick-Sync program on the PC, because also there was an extensive update. Then the handset using the supplied USB cable connected to the PC and start the firmware update via the quick-sync software.

Ringtones MP3 collection

After the update, everything looks at first like before – what has now changed to Siemens? Actually quite a lot. First of all, typing SMS messages is now supported with the T9 text recognition software. Even more important are the improvements in the area of multimedia.

Here, Siemens was scolded first arg for the ringtones programmed at the factory, which were in fact getting. That’s now, thanks to the new firmware can you each any piece of music in its collection of MP3 music via Bluetooth or cable on the SL785 beam. The music will automatically G722 encoded.

To save disk space, you can choose the starting time of the track in the quick-sync software prior to the transfer. The endpoint can be unfortunately not set, which is a shame, because with a correct editing function you would have can select, for example, only the chorus as a ringtone.

Upload your own pictures to the handset

As a further innovation, you can download your own images on the handset. That makes sense, because as one can savour finally resolution fully the brilliant 256 000 colors display with 240 x 320 pixels. The uploaded images you can either watch a slideshow in standby mode or insert as a picture clip.

While the respective photo is associated with a particular entry in the phone book. You get a call of this contact in the future also the background image in the display appears next to its name.

All in all the Gigaset SL785 his design and multimedia claim with the firmware update or a piece is coming closer and confidently defended first place in the new connect– leaderboard.

Data sheet

Type of connection / caller ID
Display: Max digits of phone number
Number ringtones handset / base
Paging (handset search) / key lock
Lighting display / keyboard
Speakerphone on the handset / baby phone / headset connection
Bluetooth pairing with headset / PC / mobile
Firmware update possible / Outlook sync. with PC
CAT-iq (vb) system
DECT encryption / senior-friendly / outdoor-ready
Caller list: memories / visual signalling
Memory phonebook / phone numbers per contact
Phone book: Name, first name separately / characters per name
VIP ring tone / picture CLIP
Power supply & radiation
Battery type / standard batteries
Charging station separately from base station
Total system power consumption (mix) (watt)
Radiation reduction: Fully eco-fashion / eco mode
Transmitting power of based on manually drosselbar
dynamic power of the handset
If color display: the number of colours / resolution (pixels)
SMS / text input help
Email client / RSS feeds
Data retention when power failure / remote access
Keyboard / display base
Announcement / recording length messages
Operating time standby / …mit full eco mode (hh: mm) / (hh: mm)
Operating time conversation (hh: mm)
TMOS reception direction / direction (PKT / PKT)
Frequency response reception direction / direction (PKT / PKT)
Receiving loudness rating / sending loudness rating (dB / dB)
Overall delay receiving direction / direction (ms / ms)
Idle channel noise receive / send (dBPa(A) / dBm0(P))
3QUEST – background noise Office direction (PKT)
TMOS reception direction / direction (PKT / PKT)
Frequency response reception direction / direction (PKT / PKT)
Receiving loudness rating / sending loudness rating) (dB / dB)
Overall delay receiving direction / direction (ms / ms)
Activation threshold in direction (dB)
3QUEST – background noise Office direction (PKT)


Standby time / talk 25 / 25
Basic functions 55
Comfort features 50
Phone number management 35
Power supply & radiation 20
Multimedia and messaging 10
Special functions 5
HANDLING maximum 175
Menu / keyboard 70 / 20
Display / handling 25 / 25
Workmanship / operating instructions 20 / 10
Dimensions & weight 5
Laboratory phone handset on the head received / send 40 / 30
Laboratory phone handset speakerphone received / send 15 / 15
CONNECT judgment Max 500 points
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