SJ Labs SJPhone 1.60

SJ Labs SJPhone 1.60
  • SJ Labs SJPhone 1.60
  • SJ Labs SJPhone 1.60
  • SJ Labs SJPhone 1.60
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Simple, supports just about everything automatically

Cons

  • Ugly interface

Bottom Line

Technically a brilliant product but not the prettiest interface around.

Would you buy this?

SJPhone is a deceptively simple VoIP client that supports the two main industry standards for call control - Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and H.323. What this means is unlike the peer-to-peer based systems, SJPhone isn't limited to calls between two computers running the same client software or restricted to using one company's gateway systems for accessing Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS).

The SIP protocol is very commonly used by internet telephone service providers to set up calls - it can be configured to allow direct calls from one SIP client to another or to handle calls via a SIP proxy. It carries another protocol, called Session Description Protocol (SDP) which defines characteristics of each call including the codec to be used with Real Time Protocol (RTP) once the call is established. Voice codecs are different ways of encoding the audio voice signal and are used to ensure the best call quality over a given link - for example, the g711 codec has excellent call quality but needs a lot of bandwidth. The g729a codec doesn't sound as good on a local network, but because it needs less bandwidth a call over a modem connection will sound a lot better when it is used. H.323 is a competing protocol to SIP and can also be used for direct calls between clients, but it is more commonly used to connect to gateways such as Cisco routers which then handle the call.

The most striking feature of SJPhone is that it supports skins. In its basic form the client is a very uninspiring Windows button and tab-driven affair, but it comes with two other skins which provide mobile-phone style interfaces with simple buttons for accessing contacts, conferencing, transferring and muting calls. The contacts interface provides lists of missed, received and dialed calls, contacts from Microsoft Outlook, speed dials and standard contacts entries. It has a neat feature of identifying other Sip or H.323 capable clients on a LAN and showing them on the neighbors tab.

Other than the contacts tab and the main dialer window the only other thing to SJPhone is the options window. SJPhone keeps the interface simple by doing most things automatically - instead of running through an audio setup wizard and tuning microphone and speaker volumes, in SJPhone a click on the audio setup tab's "Automatically adjust microphone volume" is all that is needed. This philosophy extends throughout the product, which makes the interface seem a bit bare compared with other VoIP clients. The options include the ability to automatically accept incoming calls, to ignore all calls, define hotkey operations and to choose skins. Most importantly, SJPhone allows multiple session profiles. This allows the end user to configure any number of internet telephony providers that can provide a low cost gateway between the internet and POTS handsets around the world. Use one in Britain for calling friends in London, one in the US for calling New York and switch between them instantly. Combine that with a simple interface and SJPhone is a winner, it just needs some cooler skins.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?