I got this for my Mom for Christmas and gave it to her early because her phone quit working. She didn't have an answering machine and wanted one. The problem is, she is 84 and horrible with electronics. This is so easy, she loves it. She now also has a phone by her bed.
Which I am one of, these phones were a great replacement when I needed a new one. The answering machine directions were very clear and it was easy to set up messages, speed dials and many other features. This system even has a button on the dock that will actually call your phone so you can find it if 'someone' forgot to re-dock it after a call. Is slightly static-y during heavy rainstorms and when on a very long call. My only complaint is the sleek trim line of the phone isn't the easiest to "shoulder" a call when you are trying to cook or type or unload the dishwasher when on the phone, but these phones DO both have speaker phone which works well!
They work good and the price is right.