Seeing these two on a bookcase sure triggered a trip down memory lane. At the time it was the state-of-the-art, a big step forward from its older sibling, the brick, in terms of size, weight, and performance. It even had the capacity to store 10 phone numbers without names. It sure was fun in trying to recall whether Danny's number was stored in No. 7 or No. 8.
Battery life is another issue. Firstly, as an analog phone it drained the battery dry in no time. Consequently us, road rats, always carried a spare plus an automobile charger. Then there is the memory issue. Its capacity deteriorated over time. Every so often these batteries had to be reconditioned which only slowed not stopped the process.