The phone does include Polycom’s XHTML browser feature, but with such a small LCD display it’s hard to see how anyone would really make good use of such capability. I do appreciate the fact that the display is backlit, and the backlight level controllable.
Sonic Siblings: The Polycom SoundPoint IP335 (above) and IP450 (below)
to give you a sense of their relative sizes.
Just a few weeks ago I was asked to provision a couple of new phones for my employer. I waited a little before acting on this in the hope that the IP335 sample would arrive in time to be part of that process. In the end I could wait no longer so I bought another few SoundPoint IP450 models, consistent with our past strategy. Now that I’ve actually used the IP335 I’m glad that I decided to use the IP450s over the new IP335. As the primary desk phone for someone who spends a lot of time on the phone the IP335 leaves me wanting more.
Friend and VUC sponsor Michael White of E4Technologies does a healthy business reselling Polycom hardware. He tells me that, in his experience, the SoundPoint IP300 Series were the most popular of the SountPoint range. No doubt people are attracted to the combination of Polycom’s legendary quality and an attractive price point. The SoundPoint IP335 seems a very rational extension of this range, adding some nice features while keeping to an approachable price.
Sonic Siblings II: The Polycom SoundPoint IP335 (left) and C100 USB speakerphone (right)
With a street price of around $140 the SoundPoint IP335 definitely hits an attractive price point. Some will justifiably note that there are less costly SIP desk phones available, even HDVoice capable phones. However, none of those bear the Polycom name. The IP335 in reality costs only incrementally more than the Polycom C100 USB attached speakerphone (street price approx $120), but it delivers a great deal more capability. Admittedly, these two devices target very different applications.
The Polycom SoundPoint IP335 extends the companies well-earned reputation for quality to a new low price considering the HDVoice capability. If you are planning a new installation the SoundPoint IP335 fills the entry-level niche perfectly. In the break room, lobby or near the loading bay door it gives you an affordable HDVoice capable phone that will seamlessly integrate with the more capable Polycom models deployed in service of your busy staff.