Get DECT by Panny’s hard man

Welcome to Panasonic’s new DECT phone version of Beauty and the Beast, starring its new rugged and clean-cut dog and bones.No prizes for guessing who’

Welcome to Panasonic’s new DECT phone version of Beauty and the Beast, starring its new rugged and clean-cut dog and bones.

No prizes for guessing who’s playing the Beast: the chunky KX-TCD290, on the left, is the first shock and splash-proof DECT model we’ve seen and has a clear vocation for the haggard role.

This phone is ideal for anything from a garage environment to a home ravaged by the conflict of warmongering toddlers. It’s also got some handy features for the otherwise engaged user – a speakerphone means you can carrying on talking while negotiating the crossfire of a waterfight, and a 15-minute answering machine will take any messages.

There are also the more standard features of a 220-entry phonebook, polyphonic ringtones and SMS texting.

The beautiful belle on the right is the KX-TG8100, which is fronted by a lovely 1.4in colour LCD. Beyond looking pretty, it has a 200-entry phonebook, speakerphone, lighted keypad and a screensaver option for the screen. But don’t get this little number wet – it’ll all end in tears.

If you can’t stand missed calls, you can get another version of this pretty phone (the KX-TG8120) with a 40minute answering machine.

We’re currently confirming prices for both – the rugged beast will be available imminently, while the colour LCD-equipped beauty will be out later this month.

Keep an eye on Panasonic’s site for more info.