ThinkGeek Retro Phone Handset
Like Juno and her hamburger phone, a throwback telephone always generates a bit of comic relief. Thanks to ThinkGeek, there's no need to go too far back in time, though. Wires and cords can stay banished to the junk drawer. You can enjoy the tactile feel of an old school rotary phone with the Bluetooth Retro Handset, and you still don't even need your land line.
Available in red or black, the Retro Handset uses Bluetooth to pair with your cell phone to make and receive calls. The battery charges through a cord to a USB port (which adds an unintentionally hilarious element of charm -- the necessity of hooking the vintage-style handset to a computer). But once it's charged and the phones are paired, you're good to go.
Though it won't check e-mail, update your Facebook status or stream Netflix, this smoothly-contoured unit will allow you to chat like a champ. Size-wise, it's probably on par with Zack Morris' ginormous cell â€¦ but it must be said, even though the Bluetooth Retro Handset is intended to be a goofy and endearing accessory, there's a comfort factor that's since been lost from our telecommunications experience. A traditional handset's easy to hold, and the weight is soothing. The earpiece is situated by the ear; the mouthpiece is placed comfortably and naturally in front of the mouth. You won't smear your precious touchscreen with facial detritus or stare dismally at the dead skin cells gathered in the keypad's creases. Remember what that feels like? (Probably not.) And the Bluetooth has a decent range, too. You can even wander 30 feet or so away from your cell phone while you talk!
Sure, it looks a little odd to have a phone handset just sitting there, but that's part of its charm. Even if you aren't a nostalgia geek or a kitsch collector, we've got plenty more Bluetooth goodness on the following pages.